White Sox vs. Royals Pick
Can the Kansas City Royals roll to a win at home over the Chicago White Sox when the two open the season at 4:15PM ET?
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Location: Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri
Weather: Cloudy, 50 degrees. 10% of rain
Time: 4:15PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Kansas City is favored in this game, as the Royals are getting odds of -135 to win against Chicago. The White Sox are getting a money line of +125 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 8.5 runs.
The White Sox are sending James Shields to the mound today to face Danny Duffy of the Royals. Shields was just 5-7 last season with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He had 103 strikeouts and 53 walks over 21 starts. Duffy was 9-10 last season with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He had 130 strikeouts with 41 walks.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public is backing the White Sox today. Chicago is currently getting 60 percent of the wagers for this game as the road underdog against the Royals.
The Royals have a key name on the injury report as catcher Salvador Perez is out until May with a knee injury. He racked up 80 RBI and 27 home runs last season while hitting .268. Chicago has no major injuries of note for this game.
Chicago has won three of its last four meetings with the Royals, including two of the last three in Kansas City.
The Royals are coming off an 80-82 record last season with a 43-38 record at home. Kansas City put up 702 runs this season while allowing 791. Chicago was 67-95 last season with a 28-53 record on the road. The Sox put up 706 runs while allowing 820.
Kansas City has the advantage on the mound tonight as Duffy has shown the ability to have consistently good starts. Shields has been a mess for the last few years and I don’t think the offseason will have changed anything. While the Sox have some good young bats, they don’t have the pitching today to aid them.
MLB PREDICTIONS: KANSAS CITY ROYALS -135