White Sox vs. Royals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Monday, May 8, 2023

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White Sox vs. Royals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Monday, May 8, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Chicago White Sox (12-23), led by Hanser Alberto on a two-game home run streak, are -129 favorites on the moneyline to defeat Freddy Fermin (homers in two straight contests) and the Kansas City Royals (9-26). First pitch is at 7:40 PM ET on Monday, live from Kauffman Stadium and airing on BSKC.

Chicago’s Dylan Cease gets the start, and he’ll go against Kansas City’s Zack Greinke.

White Sox vs. Royals Odds

  • White Sox odds to win: -129
  • Royals odds to win: +110
  • Spread: White Sox -1.5
  • Total: 8.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Monday, May 8, 2023
  • Time: 7:40 PM ET
  • TV: BSKC

Who Will Win White Sox vs. Royals?

White Sox and Royals Betting Trends

The White Sox have won 55.6% of the games this season when they were favored on the moneyline (5-4).

Chicago has gone 3-3 (winning 50% of its games) when playing as moneyline favorites of -129 or shorter.

The Royals have been underdogs in 32 games this season and won nine (28.1%) of those contests.

Kansas City has a record of 8-22 in games where oddsmakers have it as underdogs of at least +110 on the moneyline.

The White Sox have had an over/under set by bookmakers 35 times, and have combined with opponents to go over the total in 19 of those games (19-13-3).

Games involving the Royals have gone over the total set by sportsbooks in 17 of 35 chances this season.

White Sox Stats & Insights

The White Sox have the No. 13 offense in MLB play scoring 4.4 runs per game (155 total runs).

Chicago ranks 17th in MLB with 37 total home runs.

The White Sox have the 18th-ranked batting average in the league (.241).

Chicago’s 8.7 strikeouts per game rank 16th in MLB.

The 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings compiled by the White Sox pitching staff ranks first in the majors.

Chicago’s 5.50 team ERA ranks 28th across all MLB pitching staffs.

Royals Stats & Insights

The Royals have scored the 26th-most runs in the league this season with just 136 (3.9 per game).

Kansas City’s 32 home runs rank 23rd in Major League Baseball.

The Royals have a team batting average of .234 this season, which ranks 22nd among MLB teams.

Kansas City ranks 18th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.7 Ks per contest.

The Royals average the 16th-most strikeouts per nine innings (8.7) in the league this season.

Kansas City has the 29th-ranked ERA (5.64) in the majors this season.

White Sox Key Players to Watch

Cease makes the start for the White Sox, his eighth of the season. He is 2-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings pitched.

Luis Robert leads Chicago in home runs this season with seven while driving in 20 runs.

Andrew Vaughn is a key run producer for Chicago with a .248 average, three homers and 24 RBI.

Andrew Benintendi has 33 hits this season and a slash line of .268/.338/.325.

Yasmani Grandal leads Chicago in batting average (.275) this season while adding three home runs and 11 RBI.

Royals Key Players to Watch

The Royals will send Greinke (1-4) to the mound for his eighth start this season.

Vinnie Pasquantino has 11 doubles, six home runs and 21 walks while batting .276.

Bobby Witt Jr. has five doubles, three triples, six home runs and eight walks while batting .234.

Salvador Perez leads the Royals with seven home runs and 19 runs batted in, while accumulating a team-best batting average of .290.

Edward Olivares has six doubles, two triples, two home runs and eight walks while hitting .255.

White Sox and Royals Injuries

White Sox: Jake Burger: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Romy Gonzalez: 10 Day IL (Shoulder), Eloy Jiménez: 10 Day IL (Appendix), Yoán Moncada: 10 Day IL (Back), Liam Hendriks: 15 Day IL (Illness), Garrett Crochet: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Matt Foster: 60 Day IL (Forearm)

Royals: Nicky Lopez: 10 Day IL (Appendicitis), Kyle Isbel: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Drew Waters: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Ryan Yarbrough: 15 Day IL (Head), Daniel Lynch: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Kris Bubic: 60 Day IL (Flexor), Jake Brentz: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Angel Zerpa: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Diego Hernandez: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

White Sox vs. Royals Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Royals 6, White Sox 5
  • Total Prediction: Over 8.5 runs
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