Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox - 3/29/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (0-0) at Kansas City Royals (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 3:33 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
J Shields (0-0) (0.00) vs. D Duffy (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -158 / Chicago White Sox +148 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals begin the long MLB season at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday.
The Chicago White Sox are extremely young after several years of rebuilding but nothing much has changed with a youthful squad that is hoping to improve upon their 67-95 record of 2017. Chicago generally struggled offensively with 4.36 runs per game while ranking 24th in long balls and 21st in stolen bases so the speed and power numbers were at the bottom third of the game.
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The White Sox also struggled on the mound with a team ERA of 4.78 with just 63 quality starts that caused stress on the bullpen. Veteran right hander James Shields faces Kansas City Thursday after going 5-7 a year ago in 21 starts with a 5.23 ERA covering 117 innings pitched.
The Kansas City Royals are not far removed from a World Series appearance but the team was well off the pace in the American League Central at 80-82 which good for third at 22 games behind Cleveland. Kansas City averaged 4.33 runs and were 20th in homers with 193 and 10th in steals with 91.
The Royals pitching didn’t stand out in any one area with a team era of 4.61 with 64 quality starts. Kansas City hands the ball to Danny Duffy who made 24 starts a year ago and went 9-10 with a 3.81 ERA over 146.1 frames.
Chicago White Sox are 16-39 in their last 55 road games and under is 9-4 in Chicago White Sox last 13 Thursday games and Chicago White Sox are 4-14 in Shields' last 18 road starts. Under is 6-2 in Kansas City last 8 home games and under is 8-2 in Duffys last 10 home starts and under is 11-4 in Duffys last 15 Thursday starts. Kansas City are 6-2 in Duffys last 8 home starts vs. Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox are young and exciting and should take some steps towards improving while Kansas City hopes to ‘rebuild’ on the fly. I don’t think the Royals are worth the price to be honest so I’m just throwing this out there…