Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Thursday March 28, 2019, 4:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City Royals -109 O/U: 8.5
The Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals will kick off their MLB seasons on Thursday.
The White Sox will be going with lefty Carlos Rodon in the start on Thursday. Last season, Rodon managed a 6-8 record with a 4.18 ERA in 120.2 innings pitched, along with 90 strikeouts and 97 hits.
This spring, the Sox’ lead hitter was Leury Garcia on 22 hits, 12 runs, two homers and eight RBI. Jose Abreu also had a nice preseason for Chicago with his 21 hits, six runs, four homers and 18 RBI.
Over on the Royals’ side, they’re going with Brad Keller in the start Thursday. Across 140.1 innings and a 9-6 mark last season, Keller put up a 3.08 ERA with 133 hits and 96 strikeouts.
Kansas City’s top spring training hitter was Humberto Arteaga with 22 hits, two runs and nine RBI. Chelsor Cuthbert bagged 18 hits of his own along with seven runs and six RBI.
The White Sox are 35-73 in their last 108 versus a right-handed starter and 2-5 ATS in their last seven in game one of a series. Chicago is 6-18 in their last 24 overall and 2-8 in their last 10 Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 6-2 in their last eight after an off-day and 15-5 in their last 20 home games. KC is 5-2 in their last seven overall and 8-3 in their last 11 in game one of a series.
Rodon has hovered around the 4.10 ERA mark for the last three seasons, even though his innings have fluctuated between around 70 to 165. Basically, you know what you’re getting here—and he’s going to need a little run support.
As for Keller, the returns have been pretty good so far, but we’ll have to see what happens when the sample size expands. Still, I like KC on the win here; it’s a pretty good number.