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White Sox Faltering As Underdogs

The Chicago White Sox find themselves in the rare position of being underdogs when they travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals Thursday. The Sox are just 6-9 this season when they close as a moneyline underdog – which includes dropping their past five in that spot.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 8-1 in the Royals’ past nine games when Danny Duffy started.
  • The White Sox are 3-7 in their past 10 games at Kauffman Stadium.
  • The White Sox are just 3-6 against AL Central teams not named the Minnesota Twins.

Miguel Gonzalez – who starts for the White Sox – has been struggling to lift his teams to victories, as he is 0-7 in his past 12 starts with his clubs going 3-9. Gonzalez pitched well in his last start – which came against the Royals – as the righty went 6.0 innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out eight.

Danny Duffy will make his third start of the season for the Royals, but will still be facing a pitch count as he continues to be eased back into the starting rotation. Duffy only pitched 7.1 innings in his past two starts, but surrendered just five hits and no runs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Kansas City Royals were listed as -162 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 8.5 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 5.2-3.4 win for the Royals on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas City Royals sport a record of 24-22 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago White Sox sit at 27-21 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Chicago injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Kansas City Royals rated this week at No. 25 and the Chicago White Sox sitting at No. 6.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City Royals No. 26 ranked offense (3.78 runs per game) against a Chicago White Sox defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 at 3.56 runs allowed per game. The Kansas City Royals have been averaging 8.89 hits per game, more than the Chicago White Sox have managed so far this season (8.4 hits on average).

Defensively, Chicago features the No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.7 runs per game. Kansas City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 at home, scoring 3.85 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago suffered a 4-3 loss against Cleveland on Wednesday, as J Quintana wasn't able to lead his team to victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Royals were saddled with a loss last time out in D Gee's start, as they lost 7-5 against Minnesota on Wednesday at Target Field.

Betting Trends
  • Chi White Sox is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi White Sox's last 9 games
  • Chi White Sox is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi White Sox's last 8 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • Kansas City is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Kansas City's last 20 games at home
  • Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox

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