Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Match Preview and Free Picks
The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox will enter the All-Star break with two of the three worst records in baseball after the conclusion of their three-game series, which begins Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field. Chicago (31-61) has won five of the first seven of 19 meetings this season, part of the reason why it is five games ahead of Kansas City (26-66) in the battle to avoid last place in the American League Central.
The Royals have dropped 11 of their last 12 games after Wednesday's 8-5 loss to Minnesota while the White Sox snapped a six-game slide with a 4-0 victory over St. Louis the same day. There are a handful of players on each team who could be dealt prior to the July 31 trade deadline, but it appears Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas will certainly be moved.
Moustakas, who has been used at first base recently in an effort to increase his value, has team highs of 19 home runs and 58 RBIs after going deep twice Wednesday as part of a three-hit day. Chicago's James Shields makes what could be one of his final starts in a White Sox uniform and opposes rookie Brad Keller, who had a string of three straight quality starts snapped in his last outing.
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Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Starting Pitchers Report
Royals RH Brad Keller (2-3, 2.52 ERA): Keller allowed career highs of four runs and five walks, and six hits while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings of a 15-4 loss to Boston on Saturday in his seventh career start. The Georgian, who turns 23 on July 27, is 1-2 with a 2.82 ERA as a starter and 1-1, 2.01 in 21 relief appearances. In 38 1/3 innings as a starter, Keller has yielded 36 hits and 16 walks with 22 strikeouts.
White Sox RH James Shields (3-10, 4.53): Shields yielded season highs of eight runs and 10 hits while striking out a season-high nine in 5 2/3 innings of a 12-6 loss at Houston on Saturday. The 36-year-old Californian posted a 3.15 ERA in his previous 10 starts, presenting himself as a potentially attractive pickup for a contender prior to the trade deadline. Moustakas is 6-for-13 with a home run while Lucas Duda -- another player who could be dealt -- has two homers in 12 at-bats versus Shields, who is 8-2 with a 4.18 ERA in 14 starts versus Kansas City after permitting four runs in a 14-7 loss on Opening Day.
Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Betting Odds
|921||Kansas City Royals||
|922||Chicago White Sox||
Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Free Predictions and Result
|White Sox -126 Over/Under 9½||Astros 5, Tigers 3|
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Kansas City Royals Betting Odds Trends
|Kansas City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Kansas City is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games|
|Kansas City is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Kansas City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|Kansas City is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Chi White Sox|
|Kansas City is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Chi White Sox|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Chi White Sox|
|Kansas City is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox|
|Kansas City is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox|
Chicago White Sox Betting Odds Trends
|Chi White Sox is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 15 of Chi White Sox's last 21 games|
|Chi White Sox is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home|
|Chi White Sox is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi White Sox's last 9 games at home|
|Chi White Sox is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Kansas City|
|Chi White Sox is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Kansas City|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi White Sox's last 6 games when playing Kansas City|
|Chi White Sox is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Kansas City|
|Chi White Sox is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Kansas City|
|Next Up: Kansas City at Chicago Saturday, July 14|