The Chicago White Sox bounced back from losing three straight with a solid victory over the Cleveland Indians 4-0 in a game in which they scored four runs in the ninth inning with three charged to Indians closer Brad Hand. The White Sox are 2-4 on the season and sit in last place in the American League Central.
Kansas City is not much better at 3-4 but a half-game ahead of the White Sox in the division. Kansas City snapped its own two-game losing streak with a victory in his last outing 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers. The Royals split their four-game series with the Tigers winning the opening game before losing two straight and then winning the final game of the series on Thursday.
White Sox need to score more runsThe Chicago White Sox have scored just 12 runs in their last 4 games played with three of those four losses. At the same time, the White Sox have allowed 22 runs over that same span of four games played. Chicago has a solid team batting average of .255 and has hit 10 home runs but needs to push more runs across the plate by hitting better with runners in scoring position.
On the mound, the White Sox have a team era of 6.23. The scheduled starting pitcher for the White Sox is Gio Gonzalez, who has just 3 ⅔ innings of action this season and an astronomical era of 14.73 after allowing 7 hits and 6 runs in his only appearance of the season. The White Sox pitching staff has also allowed 10 home runs through just six games.
Royals starting to score runsKansas City started the season slowly at the plate but has scored 26 runs in its last four games including 14 in a 14-6 defeat of the Detroit Tigers. Four players for the Royals have each hit two home runs including Salvador Perez, Maikel Franco, Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler. The Royals team batting average has improved to .228 after sitting at .196 through the first three games of the regular season
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The Royals pitching staff has also improved of late and now has a team ERA of just 4.05 after starting off the season through three games at 7.28. Brady Singer has been the top starting pitcher for the Royals with an ERA of 3.60 but has yet to have a decision through two starts. The Royals have yet to announce who will start on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox.
- Kansas City has lost 12 of its last 18 overall
- The Royals have lost seven of their last nine and games played at home
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Chicago White Sox are finally starting to wake up at the plate as Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert and Luery Garcia are starting to knock in runs for the White Sox. while Edwin Encarnacion has yet to find a rhythm at the plate but does have a home run in a pair of RBIs. The Royals have won just six of their last 18 and at home have failed to win seven of their last nine.
Prediction: Chicago White Sox -141
Full-Game Total Pick
The combined team ERAs for the two teams is over 10.00, which is a recipe for the total to finish over, however the total has finished under in eight of the Royals last 11, as well as in five of the Royals last 7 when playing a team from the American League. The total has also finished under in six of the White Sox last 9.
Prediction: UNDER 10