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MLB Game Preview - White Sox underdogs vs Royals at Chicago

Kansas City Royals

Chicago White Sox
85-75 September 28, 2013, 07:10 PM | U.S. Cellular Field 62-98

Chicago will look to improve on its 62-98 record when take on Kansas City, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Saturday.

For the White Sox, Erik Johnson gets the ball, charged with keeping the Royals hitters off the base paths. He'll face Yordano Ventura, 0-0 on the year.

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

Bettors looking to side with the White Sox in this matchup found them as 117 underdogs on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 7.5 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the White Sox rated this week at No. 29 and the Royals sitting at No. 9.

The Royals were a 6-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the White Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at -109 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors. Kansas City hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory - a 10-strikeout performance from James Shields - will prevail again after their 6-1 victory against Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has baseball's No. 29-rated offensive output, at 8.56 hits per game. The Royals average 8.92 hits per game, good for No. 10 on the list.

Chicago owns the No. 23 defense, allowing 3.69 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Kansas City's No. 6-rated defense.

A few Royals at White Sox trends to consider:
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games
Chi White Sox is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi White Sox's last 8 games

Next up:
Kansas City at Chicago, Sunday, September 29th