Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 8/29/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Royals (+123) White Sox (-143)
Luis Robert and the Chicago White Sox (19-12, 2nd in AL Central) host the Kansas City Royals (12-19, 5th in AL Central) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday. The Royals open this game at +123 while the White Sox are coming in at -143. The over/under has been set at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Brady Singer and Dylan Cease.
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
8/28/2020 Nick Heath CF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/28/2020 Salvador Perez C Eye Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
8/16/2020 Daniel Tillo RP Elbow Out for the season
8/15/2020 Foster Griffin RP Elbow Out for the season
8/10/2020 Franchy Cordero RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/8/2020 Mike Montgomery SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/7/2020 Glenn Sparkman RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
7/16/2020 Kelvin Gutierrez 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
8/23/2020 Aaron Bummer RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/18/2020 Carlos Rodon SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/15/2020 Leury Garcia SS Thumb Out for the season
8/3/2020 Jimmy Lambert RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 12-19 overall record this season. Singer (1-3 record) has earned a FIP of 5.70 while going up against 126 opposing hitters. His earned run average is 5.24 (17 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.370. He has surrendered 28 hits (8.6 hits per 9 innings) and has had 12 free passes. Singer has taken the hill for 29 frames and has 27 punchouts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.66 and they have given up 120 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .208 against the bullpen and they've struck out 142 hitters and walked 68 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.3. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 248 base hits and 125 earned runs. They have allowed 41 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 124 batters and struck out 264. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.86.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .244, good for 17th in the league. The Royals hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Maikel Franco is hitting .239 with an on-base percentage of .281. He has 27 hits this season in 113 at bats with 15 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .451 and an OPS+ of 95. Whit Merrifield is hitting .301 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .351. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 19 men in 123 at bats. His OPS+ is 125 while his slugging percentage is at .488. The Royals have 248 hits, including 56 doubles and 35 home runs. Kansas City has walked 80 times so far this season and they have struck out 264 times as a unit. They have left 196 men on base and have a team OPS of .710. They score 3.97 runs per contest and have scored a total of 123 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
During his MLB career, Cease has allowed 108 hits while totaling 103 punchouts in 104 innings pitched. He has allowed 58 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.488 and a FIP of 5.4. His SO/W ratio is 2.19 and he has gone up against 460 opposing hitters thus far in his career. Cease (8-9 career record) has earned a 5.01 earned run average while surrendering 9.3 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.66 and they have given up 100 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 124 batters and walked 38 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.64. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 233 base knocks and 110 earned runs this season. They have given up 30 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 95 hitters and struck out 272 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 3.78.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 1st in the league. The White Sox hold a .490 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.2 hits per contest. Luis Robert comes into this matchup batting .276 with an OBP of .325. He has 29 hits this year along with 18 RBI in 105 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .543 with an OPS+ of 133. José Abreu is hitting .320 this season and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 40 hits in 125 at bats while driving in 30 runs. He has an OPS+ of 177 and a slugging percentage of .672. The White Sox as a unit have 285 base hits, including 51 doubles and 59 homers. Chicago has walked 86 times this year and they have struck out on 287 occasions. They have had 203 men left on base and have an OPS of .819. They have scored 5.13 runs per game and totaled 159 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals (+123)
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