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2022 MLB Handicapping
(18-19) Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals (14-22)
Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2022
Time: 2:10 PM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Projected Pitchers: Vince Valasquez (CWS) vs. Carlos Hernandez (KC)
MLB Moneyline Odds: White Sox -140 | Royals +120
MLB run line Betting Odds: White Sox +1.5 | Royals -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9.5
AL Central rivals will begin an extended five-game series on Monday night with the Chicago White Sox visiting the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
These teams met back in late April, with the Royals taking 2 of 3 on the road.
Jose Abreu hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, Dylan Cease pitched scoreless ball into the sixth, and the White Sox beat the Royals 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Brady Singer outdueled Davis Martin as the Royals beat the White Sox 2-1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Bobby Witt Jr. and MJ Melendez homered and fellow rookie Emmanuel Rivera hit a go-ahead triple, leading the Royals over the White Sox 6-2 Wednesday night.
Chicago White Sox
Chicago expected to have one of the most electric offenses in baseball entering the season, but has fallen well short of expectations. The White Sox lineup struggled to solve the Yankees pitching staff for most of the weekend to drop three of four games.
Offense has been the problem, as Chicago is only 24th in the Majors with 3.63 runs per game on a .642 team OPS. The White Sox pitching staff is also below the league average overall with a 3.86 ERA including a mark of 4.06 from a shaky bullpen.
Tim Anderson has been the most consistent hitter with a .339/.372/.513 slash line, four homers, five steals and 18 runs scored. Luis Robert has also been heating up, batting .296/.337/.449 with four homers, six stolen bases and 18 runs scored.
Kansas City Royals
It has not been a good season for Kansas City so far, but a woeful offense was able to get going in Coors Field over the weekend and the Royals erased a ninth inning deficit to win Sunday’s rubber game. Emmanuel Rivera opened the scoring with a solo shot in the fifth before Whit Merrifield and Bobby Witt Jr. both went deep over the next two innings to help Kansas City build a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, when Colorado took back the lead late, Salvador Perez responded with a two-run single in the ninth.
That was a welcome performance for a Kansas City offense that ranks in the bottom five with 3.55 runs per game on a .613 OPS. Kansas City pitching has been just as bad with a 4.67 collective ERA that is fifth-worst in baseball, including a mark of 4.08 from the bullpen.
Andrew Benintendi has been the best hitter overall for the Royals, batting .317/.370/.421 with 15 RBI and 11 runs scored. Hunter Dozier is having a nice bounce back campaign with a .779 OPS, three homers and 14 runs scored.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- White Sox are 7-8 ATS on the road
- White Sox O/U are 7-7-1 on the road
- Royals are 7-9 ATS at home
- Royals O/U are 7-9 at home
Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
The White Sox will get going at some point and will certainly finish well ahead of the Royals in the standings, but are tough to trust as they continue to underachieve this season.
While starting pitching has generally been a strength for the White Sox, they are at a rare disadvantage in this matchup, setting up a great chance for the Royals to spring an upset.
I like the opening game to lean in the home team’s favor and the Royals to win.
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