Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 5/14/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox (21-13, 1st in AL Central) host the Kansas City Royals (16-19, 3rd in AL Central) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday.
The Royals have compiled 52 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 32 baseballs out of the park. Kansas City has a slugging % of .379 and have been rung up 288 times, while being walked on 112 occasions. As a team, the Kansas City Royals are notching 4.2 runs per game, which puts them at 17th in the league. They have earned 138 runs batted in in addition to 265 hits for the season, while their team batting average comes in at .232. They have a total of 146 runs scored and have an OBP of .304.
Royals pitchers have yielded 36 home runs in addition to 180 total runs (26th in the league). They have walked 136 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.09 as a team for the season. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.26 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.41. The Royals have a team earned run average of 4.90 on the year (27th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 307 batters.
The Royals bullpen have accumulated a save percentage of 64.3% and has stepped onto the mound in 32 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 65 runners on the campaign and 29.2% of them ended up crossing the plate. Royals pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 42 times and also have had 38 appearances in high leverage situations. The Royals have dispatched 124 relievers to the hill so far this year. The relievers have a total of 18 holds so far this year (15th in MLB). They have tallied 9 saves over the course of the season and have blown 5 of 14 chances to save the game.
The Royals have transformed 67.7% of balls in play into outs out of their 2,751 innings on the field, which has them sitting 27th in MLB. The Kansas City Royals have earned a total of 917 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 288 assists and 23 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .981 which puts them in 21st in MLB, and they have twisted 243 double plays.
Keller has pitched in 388 innings and has accumulated 275 strikeouts so far in his career. His ERA is 3.77 (163 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.330. He has surrendered 367 base knocks (8.5 hits per 9 innings) with 150 walks. Keller (23-27 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.02 and he has gone up against 1,648 hitters in the majors.
The White Sox hold a slugging percentage of .407 and they tally 5.47 runs per outing (1st in baseball). They have 55 doubles, while taking a walk 131 times as well as racking up 186 runs. Chicago has accumulated 31 long balls for the season to go along with 173 RBIs. They have struck out on 297 instances (24th in MLB) and have accounted for 297 base hits. The Chicago White Sox have recorded an on-base percentage of .345 and a batting average of .262 so far this year.
The White Sox have a WHIP of 1.180 and have a FIP of 3.34 as a pitching staff for the year. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.17 (333 strikeouts vs 105 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 3rd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 242. They have allowed 30 homers and they concede 3.73 runs per 9 innings (6th in baseball). The Chicago pitching staff have allowed 122 runs on the year and come in with a team ERA of 3.27 (107 earned runs relinquished).
Chicago bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 27.1% out of 59 inherited runners. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 34 times in high leverage situations and also on 37 occasions with runners on. With 28 save situations, the White Sox have earned 14 holds in addition to 7 blown saves. They sit at 25th in MLB holding a save rate of 46.2%, and they have sent 102 relievers to the hill for the season. Chicago has called on relievers to step onto the hill in 13 save opportunities and they have tallied 6 saves.
The Chicago White Sox have twisted 25 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .979 (27th in professional baseball). The White Sox have 263 assists, 25 errors and have accounted for 883 putouts so far this season. In 2,649 innings on the field, the White Sox are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 69.4% (20th in the majors).
In his pro baseball career, Giolito has given up 432 base knocks while totaling 538 strikeouts in 524 frames. He has given up 259 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.231 and having a FIP of 4.5. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.51 and he has gone up against 2,202 opposing hitters in his MLB career. Giolito (33-32 career win-loss record) has earned a 4.44 ERA while conceding 7.4 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas City
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