Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 8/30/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Royals (+146) White Sox (-158)
José Abreu and the Chicago White Sox (20-12, 1st in AL Central) play the Kansas City Royals (12-20, 5th in AL Central) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday. The line on this contest has the Royals priced at +146 and the White Sox are at -158. The total has been set at 9.5. The men taking the mound will be Kris Bubic and Gio Gonzalez.
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
8/28/2020 Aaron Bummer RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
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 12-20 overall record this season. Bubic has taken the ball for 22 frames and has 19 strikeouts. His earned run average is 6.08 (15 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.667. He has allowed 27 base hits (10.9 hits per 9 innings) and has had 10 walks. Bubic (0-4 mark) has a FIP of 5.45 and he has faced 103 opposing hitters. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.73 and they have given up 124 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .209 against the bullpen and they've struck out 147 hitters and walked 71 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.34. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 259 base hits and 130 earned runs. They have allowed 44 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 128 batters and struck out 275. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 4.92.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .246, good for 14th in the league. The Royals hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Whit Merrifield is hitting .297 with an on-base percentage of .345. He has 38 hits this season in 128 at bats with 20 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .500 and an OPS+ of 126. Maikel Franco is hitting .246 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .286. He has totaled 29 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 118 at bats. His OPS+ is 99 while his slugging percentage is at .466. The Royals have 259 hits, including 58 doubles and 37 home runs. Kansas City has walked 86 times so far this season and they have struck out 271 times as a unit. They have left 207 men on base and have a team OPS of .718. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 128 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
During his career, Gonzalez has surrendered 1,737 base knocks while he has tallied 1,852 K's in 1,925 innings. He has allowed a total of 792 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.322 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.8. His SO/W ratio is 2.29 and he has gone up against 8,207 batters during his MLB career. Gonzalez (131-100 mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.70 earned run average while allowing 8.1 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.66 and they have given up 105 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 127 batters and walked 42 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.65. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 244 base knocks and 114 earned runs this season. They have given up 32 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 101 hitters and struck out 279 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 3.87.
As a team, they are batting .271, good for 1st in the league. The White Sox hold a .494 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. José Abreu comes into this matchup batting .318 with an OBP of .362. He has 41 hits this year along with 30 RBI in 129 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .667 with an OPS+ of 174. Luis Robert is hitting .284 this season and he has an OBP of .331. He has collected 31 hits in 109 at bats while driving in 19 runs. He has an OPS+ of 140 and a slugging percentage of .569. The White Sox as a unit have 296 base hits, including 53 doubles and 62 homers. Chicago has walked 90 times this year and they have struck out on 298 occasions. They have had 212 men left on base and have an OPS of .826. They have scored 5.16 runs per game and totaled 165 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals (+146)
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