Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 5/7/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-139) Kansas City (+129)
Carlos Rodon and the Chicago White Sox (16-13, 1st in AL Central) are headed to Kauffman Stadium on Friday where they'll take on the Kansas City Royals (16-13, 3rd in AL Central). The White Sox open this matchup at -139 while the Royals are coming in at +129. The total opens at 9. The starting pitchers will be Carlos Rodon and Brad Keller.
Chicago has a slugging rate of .386 and have been called out on strikes 258 times, while taking a walk on 111 occasions. They have accumulated 132 RBI's in addition to 244 base knocks on the campaign, and their team batting average comes in at .255. The White Sox have earned 43 doubles as a squad and have hit 25 baseballs out of the park. They have earned 143 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .339. As a squad, the Chicago White Sox are recording 4.9 runs per outing, which puts them at 4th in baseball.
The White Sox have a team earned run average of 3.36 so far this season (6th in the league), and their staff has struck out 289 hitters. They have walked 91 opposing players and their FIP is 3.45 as a squad on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.18 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.17. White Sox pitchers have given up 28 long balls in addition to 107 total runs (4th in baseball).
The White Sox relief pitchers have recorded a save percentage of 41.7% and has come into the game in 23 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 49 base runners on the campaign with 26.5% of those runners crossed the plate. White Sox relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on 32 times as well as having 32 appearances in high leverage situations. The White Sox have sent 83 relief pitchers to the hill over the course of the season. The bullpen have racked up 10 holds this season (24th in MLB). They have earned 5 saves so far this season and have missed out on 7 of their 12 save opportunities.
The White Sox have turned 69.8% of balls in play into outs out of their 2,244 innings, ranking them 19th in MLB. The Chicago White Sox are sitting with 748 putouts for the season, in addition to 224 assists and 22 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .978 which ranks 28th in MLB, and have 209 double plays.
Rodon has taken the hill for 561 innings and is sitting with 561 K's so far in his pro baseball career. Rodon (33-33 mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.17 while he has faced 2,418 hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.99 (249 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.346. He has allowed 516 base knocks (8.3 hits per 9 innings) and has 240 free passes.
The Royals hold a slugging percentage of .404 and they average 4.59 runs per game (13th in baseball). They have hit 46 doubles, while walking 90 times as well as notching 133 runs. Kansas City has tallied 31 HRs on the season as well as 126 RBIs. They have struck out on 235 occasions (27th in MLB) and have earned 230 hits. The Kansas City Royals have accounted for a team OBP of .309 and a team batting average of .241 this year.
The Royals have a team WHIP of 1.375 in addition to having a FIP of 4.25 as a squad so far this season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.24 (255 strikeouts against 114 bases on balls). They have a ranking of 18th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 234. They have given up 33 homers and they allow 5.09 runs per 9 innings (24th in MLB). The Kansas City pitching staff have given up 143 runs for the season and come in with a team ERA of 4.59 (129 earned runs surrendered).
Kansas City has had relievers step onto the hill in 14 save opportunities and they have tallied 9 saves. They are ranked 15th in the league with a save percentage of 64.3%, and they have dispatched 104 bullpen pitchers to the mound this year. Their relievers have come in 37 times in high leverage situations and on 35 occasions with runners on. Kansas City relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 28.6% out of their 56 inherited runners. With 32 save situations, the Royals have tallied 18 holds and 5 blown saves.
The Kansas City Royals have turned 25 double plays and have a fielding rate of .979 (27th in professional baseball). The Royals have recorded 233 assists, 21 errors and have amassed 759 putouts this year. Out of their 2,277 innings on the diamond, the Royals have earned a efficiency on defense of 68.7% (22nd in baseball).
Keller (23-26 mark in his career) has earned a 3.76 ERA while giving up 8.5 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.81 and he has gone up against 1,625 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. He has allowed a total of 160 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.335 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. During his pro baseball career, Keller has conceded 362 base hits while he has totaled 269 punch outs in 382 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (-139)
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