White Sox vs. Royals Pick
Will the Chicago White Sox pick up a road sweep to open the season when they face the Kansas City Royals today at 2:15PM ET?
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Location: Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri
Weather: 65% chance of snow, 32 degrees, 11mph winds
Time: 2:15PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Royals are favored today, as Kansas City is getting odds of -115 to win against Chicago. The White Sox are listed with odds of +105 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 8.5 runs.
The pitching matchup for today has Reynaldo Lopez on the mound for Chicago to face Jason Hammel of the Royals. Lopez started eight games in 2017 and was 3-3 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He had 30 strikeouts with 14 walks. Hammel was 81-3 last season over 32 starts. He had a 5.29 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP. Hammel had 145 strikeouts with 48 walks.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public is backing the Royals today. Kansas City is currently getting 55 percent of the wagers for this game as a slight favorite against the White Sox.
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.
After winning with hitting on Thursday in a 14-7 victory, the White Sox won with pitching on Sunday in a 4-3 victory. Starter Lucas Giolito only lasted six innings and gave up three runs, but the Chicago bullpen had three innings of scoreless work to get the win. Yoan Moncada had a home run and scored twice to lead Chicago at the plate. Avisail Garcia added two hits in the win.
Ian Kennedy went six innings for the Royals on Saturday and allowed just one run and four hits. However, Brandon Maurer gave up three runs on three runs in one inning of work. At the plate, Lucas Duda drove in two runs while Jon Jay each had a pair of hits.
The White Sox have impressed me so far. Their hitting has looked pretty solid and they are getting some good innings on the mound. Neither starter looks too impressive today, so I think this game will come down to the bats and I like the Chicago bats more than the Kansas City ones.
MLB PREDICTIONS: CHICAGO WHITE SOX +105