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Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/1/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (32-73) at Chicago White Sox (37-68)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 8:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)

Jake Junis (5-11) (5.06) vs. Dylan Covey (4-6) (5.01)

The Line: Chicago White Sox -120 / Kansas City Royals +110 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NSCH, FSKC

Up at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday, the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox will be continuing their MLB set. 

In the Tuesday opener, the Royals manage a 4-2 victory. 

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Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/1/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Wednesday’s game, the Royals will be sending out RHP Jakob Junis. In his 110.1 innings and 5-11 mark this year, Junis has a 5.06 ERA with 101 Ks and 32 BBs. 

Tops in hitting for the Royals this year is Whit Merrifield, who entered this set on 118 hits, 49 runs and 32 RBI. On Tuesday, Merrifield had one hit. 

As for the Sox, they’re going with Dylan Covey on Wednesday. Across 68.1 innings and a 4-6 record this season, Covey has a 5.40 ERA with 50 Ks and 30 BBs. 

The Sox’ top hitter this season is Jose Abreu, with 103 hits, 52 runs, 16 homers and 59 RBI entering this series. In the opener, Abreu had two hits and a run. 

The Royals are 5-0 in their last five in game two of a series and 1-6 in their last seven Wednesday games. KC is also 1-4 in Junis’ last five road starts and 1-8 in his last nine starts. 

Meanwhile, the Sox are 11-25 in their last 36 Wednesday games and 18-38 in their last 56 in game two of a series. Chicago is 1-6 in Covey’s last seven starts and 1-4 in his last five starts with five days’ rest. 

Junis had a really tough run of five starts, allowing a total of 28 earned back in June and early July. Since then, Junis has given up a relatively tame four earned in 8.2 innings since. As for Covey, he had a clean 8.1 innings in Seattle, but came back to 4.2 innings of six-earned ball in LA. I’m not jazzed by either pitcher here, but I’ll give the at-home Sox a slight advantage. I’m thinking the over is the strongest play, though.

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