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Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
Date & Time Thursday July 18, 2019, 1:15 PM (EDT)
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line
Kansas City Royals -156 / Chicago White Sox +142 O/U: 10.5
TV Channel
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The Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals will finish up their MLB series on Thursday.

In the Monday opener, the Royals secured a 5-2 win, then kept it going Tuesday with an 11-0 shutout victory. On Wednesday, KC took another one, this time 7-5.

For the Thursday game, the Sox will be bringing out Ross Detwiler in the start. Detwiler is 1-0 with a 5.02 ERA and six strikeouts this season. This spot was originally going to Dylan Covey, but he threw an inning of relief in Tuesday’s loss.

The Sox put up 10 hits in the Wednesday game, but were in too deep of a hole (6-0 after the fifth) to come back. One bright spot there was AJ Reed’s pinch-hit three-run homer.

Over on the Royals’ side, they’re going with Brad Keller in the Thursday finale. Across 118.2 innings and a 5-9 mark so far, Keller has a 4.25 ERA with 84 Ks and 55 BBs.

KC logged 12 hits on Wednesday in the victory. Whit Merrifield had another great outing with three hits, an RBI and a run for the Royals there.

The White Sox are 4-1 in their last five Thursday games and 2-5 in their last seven in game four of a series. The under is 4-1 in Chicago’s last five in game four of a series as well.

Meanwhile, the Royals are 1-6 in their last seven in game four of a series and 4-11 in Keller’s last 15 starts. KC is 1-5 in Keller’s last six starts versus the AL Central and 6-1 in his last seven home starts versus a team with a losing record.

Keller has been pretty solid in his last two starts, with 13.2 innings, 10 hits and two earned runs—but did walk five batters in 5.2 innings in Washington. His most recent outing was his best of the season, with four hits and one run in eight innings of work against Detroit.

I’m not really thrilled about either team here, but I’m going to stick with the Royals in the finale win.

Kansas City Royals -156

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