White Sox vs. Royals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Friday, May 19, 2023

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White Sox vs. Royals Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, May 19, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Chicago White Sox (16-29) host the Kansas City Royals (14-31) on Friday to begin a three-game series, with the first pitch at 8:10 PM ET from Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox are listed as -133 favorites, while the underdog Royals have +114 odds on the moneyline.

Michael Kopech will get the ball for Chicago while Kansas City will counter with Zack Greinke.

White Sox vs. Royals Odds

  • White Sox odds to win: -133
  • Royals odds to win: +114
  • Spread: White Sox -1.5
  • Total: 9 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Friday, May 19, 2023
  • Time: 8:10 PM ET

Who Will Win White Sox vs. Royals?

White Sox and Royals Betting Trends

The White Sox have been the moneyline favorite 14 total times this season. They’ve gone 7-7 in those games.

Chicago has a record of 4-4 when playing as moneyline favorites with odds of -133 or shorter (50% winning percentage).

This season, the Royals have been the underdog 40 times and won 13, or 32.5%, of those games.

Kansas City is 11-25 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +114 or more on the moneyline.

The White Sox have had an over/under set by oddsmakers 44 times, and have combined with opponents to go over the total in 23 of those games (23-18-3).

Games involving the Royals have gone over the total set by sportsbooks in 21 of 44 chances this season.

White Sox Stats & Insights

The White Sox rank 15th in runs scored with 191, 4.2 per game.

Chicago is 15th in MLB play with 50 home runs. They average 1.1 per game.

The White Sox’s .244 batting average ranks 16th in MLB.

Chicago strikes out 8.4 times per game to rank 13th in baseball.

The pitching staff for the White Sox has a collective 9.6 K/9, the fourth-best in the majors.

Chicago has a 5.27 team ERA that ranks 29th among all MLB pitching staffs.

Royals Stats & Insights

The Royals have scored the 24th-most runs in the league this season with 182 (four per game).

Kansas City’s 44 home runs rank 22nd in Major League Baseball.

The Royals rank 23rd in MLB with a .234 team batting average.

Kansas City ranks 25th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.8 Ks per contest.

The Royals have an 8.7 K/9 this season as a pitching staff, which ranks 14th in the majors.

Kansas City pitchers have a combined ERA of 5.25 ERA this year, which ranks 28th in MLB.

White Sox Key Players to Watch

Kopech gets the start for the White Sox, his ninth of the season. He is 1-4 with a 5.74 ERA and 41 strikeouts through 42 1/3 innings pitched.

Luis Robert leads Chicago with 12 home runs this season. He’s batting .273 with 28 RBI.

Andrew Vaughn leads Chicago in runs batted in with 31 while batting .237 with five homers.

Andrew Benintendi has collected 44 base hits, an OBP of .341 and a slugging percentage of .354 this season.

Jake Burger has collected 23 hits this season and has an OBP of .344. He’s slugging .723 on the year.

Royals Key Players to Watch

The Royals will send Greinke (1-4) to the mound for his 10th start this season.

Vinnie Pasquantino has 13 doubles, eight home runs and 21 walks while batting .268.

Bobby Witt Jr. is hitting .234 with seven doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 11 walks.

Salvador Perez leads the Royals in home runs (nine), runs batted in (25) and has a team-best batting average of .282.

Edward Olivares is hitting .233 with six doubles, two triples, three home runs and nine walks.

White Sox and Royals Injuries

White Sox: Eloy Jiménez: 10 Day IL (Appendix), Elvis Andrus: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Billy Hamilton: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Liam Hendriks: 15 Day IL (Illness), Matt Foster: 60 Day IL (Forearm)

Royals: Kyle Isbel: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Nicky Lopez: 10 Day IL (Appendicitis), Drew Waters: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Brad Keller: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Daniel Lynch: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Ryan Yarbrough: 60 Day IL (Head), 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: White Sox 6, Royals 5
  • Total Prediction: Over 9 runs
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