Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 4/28/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+150) Chicago (-170)
The Kansas City Royals (6-9) are traveling to Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday where they will take on the Chicago White Sox (6-10). The moneyline on this game has the Royals at +150 while the White Sox are sitting at -170. The betting total comes in at 7. The pitchers taking the mound will be Brad Keller and Michael Kopech.
Kansas City is slugging .329 and have struck out 105 times, while drawing a walk on 43 occasions. They have accrued 46 RBI's in addition to 105 hits over the course of the season, and their team batting average sits at .213. The Royals have hit 18 two-baggers as a team and have hit 11 balls out of the park. They are sitting with 49 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .281. As a squad, the Kansas City Royals are notching 3.3 runs per contest, which ranks them 26th in the league.
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The Royals have an earned run average of 4.27 over the course of the season (23rd in the league), and their staff has struck out 117 batters. Their K/BB ratio is 2.21 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.39. Royals pitchers have relinquished 10 home runs in addition to 67 runs in total (10th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 53 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 3.59 as a team so far this year.
Royals relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on 25 times and also have had 30 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 8 holds for the season (21st in baseball). The Royals bullpen have recorded a save rate of 60.0% and has entered the game in 13 save situations. They have compiled 3 saves so far this year and have missed out on 2 out of their 5 chances to save the game. The relievers have inherited 33 runners so far this year and 30.3% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. The Royals have dispatched 63 relievers to the hill on the year.
The Royals have converted 68.1% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 1,215 innings, ranking them 25th in pro baseball. The Kansas City Royals have 405 putouts thus far, in addition to 138 assists and 3 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .995 which is 2nd in professional baseball, and have accumulated 16 double plays.
Keller (29-37 mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.08 while he has faced 2,188 batters during his time in the majors. He has conceded 495 hits (8.7 hits per 9 innings) and has had 206 walks. His ERA is 3.96 (225 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.370. Keller has pitched in 511 innings and has earned 387 K's during his pro baseball career.
The White Sox hold a team SLG% of .339 and they are recording 3.12 runs per outing (27th in MLB). They have hit 23 two-baggers, while walking 35 times as well as scoring 50 runs. Chicago has hit 14 home runs for the season to go along with 46 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 123 occasions (29th in MLB) and have a total of 110 base hits. The Chicago White Sox have accumulated an OBP of .263 in addition to a team batting average of .211 over the course of the season.
The White Sox have a WHIP of 1.424 and have a FIP of 3.71 as a pitching staff this year. They are currently ranked 12th in MLB as a staff in total hits relinquished with 126. The Chicago pitching staff have given up 74 runs for the season and come in with a team ERA of 4.08 (63 earned runs surrendered). Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.10 (151 strikeouts against 72 walks). They have allowed 12 homers and they yield 4.79 runs per 9 innings (25th in the league).
Chicago has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 9 save chances and they have earned 5 saves. They rank 25th in baseball holding a save rate of 55.6%, and they have dispatched 65 relievers onto the field for the year. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 20 times in high leverage situations in addition to 21 occasions with runners on. Chicago relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 31.3% out of their 32 inherited runners. With 26 save situations, the White Sox have earned 17 holds and 4 blown saves.
The Chicago White Sox have gotten 10 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .964 (30th in baseball). The White Sox have 123 assists, 20 errors and have accumulated 417 putouts for the season. In 1,251 innings played, the White Sox hold a defensive efficiency of 66.1% (28th in the majors).
Thus far in his career, Kopech has allowed 80 hits while he has earned 133 strikeouts in 97 innings pitched. He has surrendered a total of 36 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.137 and having a FIP of 3.3. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.29 and he has gone up against 404 opposing batters so far in his career. Kopech (5-4 career mark) has earned a 3.32 earned run average while giving up 7.4 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Chicago (-170) and under 7 runs
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