White Sox vs Royals Prediction - MLB Picks 5/8/23

Kansas City Royals (9-26) vs Chicago White Sox (12-23)

Game Info: Monday, May 8, 2023 at 7:40 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)

Zack Greinke (1-4) (5.25) vs Dylan Cease (2-1) (4.58)

Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals +115 / Chicago White Sox -140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago White Sox will play the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of their series on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. 

White Sox Preview

The Chicago White Sox are 12-23 this season and they have won five of their last seven games. Chicago is coming off of a series win against Cincinnati, where they won two out of the three games played. The Chicago pitching staff has a 5.50 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP, and a .261 opponent batting average this season. The White Sox offense has scored 155 runs with a .241 batting average and a .305 on base percentage. Luis Robert is batting .260 with seven home runs and 20 RBI’s for the White Sox. The projected starting pitcher for Chicago is Dylan Cease, who is 2-1 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over 35.1 innings pitched this year.

Royals Preview

The Kansas City Royals are 9-26 this season and they have lost eight of their last eleven games. Kansas City is coming off of a series loss to Oakland, where they lost two out of three games. The Kansas City pitching staff has a 5.66 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP, and a .270 opponent batting average. The Royals offense has scored 136 runs with a .234 batting average and a .297 on base percentage this year. Bobby Witt Jr. is batting .234 with six home runs and 15 RBI’s for the Royals. The projected starting pitcher for Kansas City is Zack Greinke, who is 1-4 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 36.0 innings pitched this season.

Trends

Chicago is 9-20 in their last 29 games and 2-9 in their last 11 road games. The under is 3-1-1 in Chicago’s last 5 Monday games. Kansas City is 8-20 in their last 28 games against the AL Central and 6-21 in their last 27 game one’s of a series. The over is 5-2 in Kansas City’s last 7 Monday games. The under is 22-9-1 in these two teams last 32 head to head meetings.

Pick

Both of these teams have really struggled this season, but Kansas City comes into this game with one of the worst records in baseball. Both teams have terrible team ERA’s and are near the bottom of the MLB in runs scored. Kansas City is starting Zack Greinke, who pitched well in his last outing, but allowed seven runs to Minnesota in his previous start. The White Sox will turn to Dylan Cease, who has allowed 10 earned runs over his last two starts to Minnesota and Tampa Bay. I like the over in this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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