Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 8/5/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+180) Chicago (-238)
Guaranteed Rate Field is the venue where Dallas Keuchel and the Chicago White Sox (63-44, 1st in AL Central) will take on the Kansas City Royals (45-60, 4th in AL Central) on Thursday. The line on this contest has the Royals priced at +180 and the White Sox are at -238. The O/U opens at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Daniel Lynch and Dallas Keuchel.
Kansas City has a slugging percentage of .390 and have struck out 855 times, while drawing a walk on 278 occasions. They have recorded 406 runs batted in and 836 base knocks this season, while their batting average comes in at .241. The Royals have tallied 150 doubles as a team and have smacked 108 baseballs out of the stadium. They have earned a total of 429 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .301. As a team, the Kansas City Royals are notching 4.1 runs per outing, which has them at 25th in the league.
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The Royals have a team earned run average of 4.98 on the season (26th in the league), and the staff has struck out 895 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.22 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.43. Royals pitchers have conceded 130 long balls and 527 runs in total (23rd in MLB). They have walked 404 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 4.52 as a team on the year.
Royals pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 94 times in addition to having 84 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have notched 52 holds this year (17th in the league). The Royals relief pitchers have earned a save rate of 59.0% and has come into the game in 91 save situations. They have tallied 23 saves so far this year and have blown 16 of their 39 chances to save the game. The relievers have inherited 150 runners for the season and 29.3% of those runners crossed the plate. The Royals have dispatched 352 relievers to the mound over the course of the season.
The Royals have turned 67.9% of balls in play into outs out of their 8,172 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 27th in professional baseball. The Kansas City Royals have notched a total of 2,724 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 903 assists and 59 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .984 which ranks 17th in the majors, and they have twisted 717 double plays.
Lynch has taken the hill for 22 frames and has totaled 13 punch outs so far in his MLB career. His earned run average is 6.95 (17 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.682. He has surrendered 30 base hits (12.3 hits per nine innings) and has had 7 free passes. Lynch (1-3 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 4.12 and he has gone up against 100 hitters during his time in the majors.
The White Sox have a SLG% of .414 and they score 4.95 runs per outing (4th in the league). They have hit 180 doubles, while taking a walk 402 times and notching 530 runs. Chicago has knocked in 117 HRs for the year to go along with 500 RBIs. They have struck out on 933 occasions (17th in baseball) and are sitting with 870 base hits. The Chicago White Sox have tallied an OBP of .334 as well as a batting average of .250 so far this year.
The White Sox hold a team WHIP of 1.190 and have a FIP of 3.75 as a team on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 3.36 (1,054 strikeouts vs 314 walks). They are currently ranked 4th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 783. They have allowed 124 homers and they concede 4.02 runs per 9 innings (8th in MLB). The Chicago pitching staff have relinquished 412 runs so far this season while having a team ERA of 3.61 (370 earned runs yielded).
Chicago has called on relief pitchers to step onto the hill in 48 save opportunities and they have tallied 29 saves. They rank 14th in baseball holding a save rate of 60.4%, and they have dispatched 315 relief pitchers onto the diamond so far this season. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 104 times in high leverage situations and on 87 occasions with base runners. Chicago relievers have an inherited score percentage of 34.3% of 143 inherited base runners. Sitting with 107 save situations, the White Sox have 56 holds and also 19 blown saves.
The Chicago White Sox have turned 66 double plays and have a fielding rate of .981 (28th in pro baseball). The White Sox have recorded 768 assists, 67 errors and have 2,767 putouts on the campaign. In 8,301 innings on the field, the White Sox have earned a efficiency on defense of 69.7% (17th in pro baseball).
In his pro baseball career, Keuchel has allowed 1,429 hits while he has accumulated 1,149 strikeouts in 1,479 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 602 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.260 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.9. His K/BB ratio is 2.65 and he has faced 6,167 hitters in his pro baseball career. Keuchel (97-77 career win-loss mark) has a 3.66 ERA and has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Chicago (-238) and under 9 runs
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