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Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - 5/28/19 MLB Game 1 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox
Date & Time Tuesday May 28, 2019, 5:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago White Sox -113 / Kansas City Royals +105 -- O/U: 10
TV Channel
FS-Kansas City
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The Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox meet in game one of a three game AL Central division set from Guaranteed Rate Field in MLB action on Monday.

The Kansas City Royals will look to build some steam after salvaging an 8-7 extra innings victory over the Yankees in their series finale on Sunday. Martin Maldonado had a home run and three RBIs while Hunter Dozier went 4 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs. Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn each had a solo homer while Whit Merrifield added an RBI of his own to round out KC’s scoring as a team in the win. Adalberto Mondesi had a double while Billy Hamilton and Alex Gordon each had base hits as well in the winning effort. Danny Duffy went six innings, allowing four runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Kevin McCarthy got the win to improve to 1-1 on the year. Homer Bailey will start game one and is 4-5 with a 6.13 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. This will be Bailey’s first career start against the White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after being swept by the Minnesota Twins, following a 7-0 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Charlie Tilson went 2 for 4 at the dish while Yonder Alonso added a double. Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez each had base hits as well as the White Sox mustered up just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Dylan Covey took the loss, falling to 0-4 on the year after allowing four runs on three hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Ivan Nova will start the finale and is 3-4 with a 6.96 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nova is 2-1 with a 5.57 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Kansas City.

Kansas City is 22-55 in their last 77 road games and 17-35 in their last 52 games overall while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against a right-handed starter. Chicago is 4-1 in Nova’s last 5 starts and 6-15 in their last 21 home games against a right-handed starter while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Kansas City is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.

This is a matchup between two teams that you’ve made more money than you’ve lost by fading both this season. You’ve made more by fading KC even with their win over the Yankees and the White Sox just got it taken to them by the Twins over the weekend. With that said, you have a pair of starters in Bailey and Nova who have had major issues keeping runs off of the board this season. As soon as I saw the matchup, my mind went straight to the over so rather than pick a side, I’ll back the over as I see this one soaring over the total.

Pick:
Over 10

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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