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Baseball odds preview - Kansas City vs. Chicago

Kansas City RoyalsChicago White Sox
Aug 12, 8:10 PM | GrassU.S. Cellular Field

Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Odds

49-69TEAM RECORD58-59

Chicago will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the Kansas City Royals pay a visit to U.S. Cellular Field.

Chicago hands the ball to starter Zach Stewart in this one and he'll try to improve on his 1-1 mark on the year. Kansas City counters with Bruce Chen, who will try to quiet the fans and the White Sox bats at the same time.

View Kansas City vs Chi White Sox Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the White Sox as -150 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 9 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 9-rated Royals taking on the American League's No. 6-rated White Sox in this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Chicago's American League No. 10-ranked scoring average of 4 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 6 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The White Sox have averaged 8.6 hits per game to date this season, less than the Royals hitters have managed (9.3 per nine innings).

Defensively, Kansas City features the American League's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.1 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the American League at home, scoring 3.8 runs per game.

The Royals were a 4-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -180 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. Kansas City didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-1 to Tampa Bay on Thursday at Tropicana Field.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 6-3 winner as they battled the Orioles on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the White Sox at -117 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago got the job done in their last match in a 6-3 victory over Baltimore on Thursday at Camden Yards behind starter Mark Buehrle.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Chi White Sox are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Chicago White Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 3-7
After playing Baltimore are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Royals at White Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games on the road
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi White Sox's last 5 games when playing Kansas City
Chi White Sox are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Chi White Sox's last 24 games

Next up:
Kansas City at Chi White Sox, Saturday, August 13