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Chris Sale White Sox at Home vs Kansas City in MLB Clash

Kansas City Royals

Chicago White Sox
84-75 September 27, 2013, 08:10 PM | U.S. Cellular Field 62-97

The White Sox get a visit from the Kansas City Royals in baseball action on Friday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Chicago hands the ball to starter Chris Sale in this one and he'll try to improve on his 11-13 mark on the year. Kansas City counters with James Shields, who will try to quiet the fans and the White Sox bats at the same time.

View Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox Odds and Stats.

Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the White Sox as -102 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 6.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

This game puts the White Sox, most recently No. 29 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Royals, who rate a No. 9 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the White Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at -118 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kansas City got the job done in their last match in a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field behind starter Jeremy Guthrie.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Chicago owns the No. 15 ranking for hits at 8.59 per game. By contrast, the Royals are rated No. 11 in the same category at 8.89 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the No. 23-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Royals own the No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

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
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi White Sox's last 7 games
Chi White Sox is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi White Sox's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Kansas City at Chicago, Saturday, September 28th