Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox - 3/31/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 1:15 PM (Kauffman Stadium)
Kansas City Royals -115 / Chicago White Sox +106 -- O/U: 9
TV: FS-Kansas City, WGN
The Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals meet in an AL Central division matchup in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back and avoid the sweep after an 8-6 loss to the Royals in game two on Saturday. Jose Abreu led the White Sox with three RBIs along with a home run while Yoan Moncada went 3 for 5 with a home and two RBIs. Leury Garcia added a double and an RBI to round out Chicago’s scoring in the loss while Eloy Jimenez went 2 for 4. Welington Castillo, Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez each added a base hit as well in the losing effort for the White Sox. Reynaldo Lopez took the loss, falling to 0-1 after allowing four runs on six hits while walking four over four innings of work. Lucas Giolito will start game three and was 10-13 with a 6.13 ERA and 125 strikeouts last season. In his career, Giolito is 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA and 20 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to complete the sweep after taking game two on Saturday. Jorge Soler led KC by going 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs while Whit Merrifield and Ryan O’Hearn each had two RBIs. Adalberto Mondesi added a double and an RBI to round out Kansas City’s scoring in the win while Billy Hamilton went 3 for 4 and Martin Maldonado added a base hit as well in the victory. Jakob Junis got the win to improve to 1-0 after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out six over 5.2 innings of work. Ian Kennedy closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the season. Jorge Lopez will start game three and was 2-5 with a 5.03 ERA and 38 strikeouts last season. This will be Lopez’s first career start against the White Sox.
Chicago is 0-6 in Giolito’s last 6 starts and 7-20 in their last 27 games overall while the under is 7-4-4 in their last 15 division games. Kansas City is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall and 17-5 in their last 22 home games while the over is 4-0 in Lopez’s last 4 home starts. Chicago is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.
Giolito has had success in his career against the Royals, but the fact is that Kansas City has been the better team in the first two games of this set and Chicago lost Giolito’s last 6 starts to finish the season, allowing four or more earned runs in four of the last five, giving up 26 runs, 23 earned over 22.1 innings of work. Giolito also posted an ERA just under nine in spring training this season. Numbers like that don’t stack up well against a team that’s come out firing like Kansas City has, so I’ll lay the juice with the Royals for the sweep.