White Sox vs Royals Prediction - MLB Picks 9/5/23
Kansas City Royals (42-96) vs Chicago White Sox (53-84)
Game Info: Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 7:40 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
Brady Singer (8-10) (5.15) vs Dylan Cease (6-7) (4.98)
Betting Odds: Kansas City Royals -120 / Chicago White Sox +110 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Royals will host the Chicago White Sox for game two of their divisional series this Tuesday from Kauffman Stadium. KC put it on Chicago yesterday to take game one by a score of, 11-1.
White Sox Preview & Projected Starter
Chicago enters at 53-85 after losing to Kansas City. It appears as if the White Sox are in a free fall right now, and there’s no positive ending in sight. The Chicago offense is 4.72 scoring runs per game, while batting .235, with a .292 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 5.72 ERA, with a 1.21 WHIP.
Dylan Cease (6-7, 4.91 ERA, 176 Ks) will get the ball for Chicago. The fifth-year pitcher struggled in Baltimore last week, allowing five runs thru six innings pitched, but he somehow earned his sixth victory of the season. Chalk that up to a win Cease probably deserved at some point this season, as the trouble in Chicago has clouded all of their pitchers’ seasons. Cease didn’t pitch well in his lone trip to Kaufman this season, allowing seven runs thru five innings and taking the loss.
White Sox Player Trends & Props
• Luis Robert has missed the last three games, and there’s a chance he misses this contest as well. Robert Jr. leads the club in hits (132), home runs (35), and RBI (71).
• Andrew Vaughn is hitless thru his last three contests, so he could be due soon, and he’s posting splits of .257/17/69.
• Eloy Jiménez has doubled in three of the last five games, and he’s tallied fifteen homers and 54 RBI for the season, while leading the Sox in batting (.280).
• Yoán Moncada has recorded a hit in nine of the previous ten games.
Royals Preview & Projected Starter
Kansas City comes in at 42-95 after defeating Chicago. The Royals couldn’t keep up with the Red Sox last night, and they’ll look to take the rubber match here Sunday. The Kansas City offense is scoring 3.62 runs per game, while batting .233, with a .293 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 5.25 ERA, with a 1.43 WHIP.
Brady Singer (8-10, 5.15 ERA, 125 Ks) will take the mound for Kansas City. The fourth-year righty struggled during the club’s most recent road trip, and he took a second straight loss in Seattle last time out, after allowing four runs thru four innings. A return to Kauffman should do wonders for Singer, who’s pitched noticeably better at home. Singer did well in his lone matchup with the Sox this season back in May, tossing six innings of one-run ball, and he’ll look to replicate that effort here.
Royals Player Trends & Props
• Bobby Witt Jr. Has collected a hit in five of the last seven games, and he leads KC in hits (253), home runs (28) and RBI (84).
• Maikel Garcia has totaled multiple bases in four of the previous five games, and he leads the Royals in batting (.285), with 47 RBI.
• Salvador Perez has produced a run in three of the last four games, and he’s second on the team with 21 homers and 62 RBI.
• MJ Melendez had multiple hits in the game one victory, and he’s posting splits of .235/13/46.
Corey’s Free Pick
The fact that the White Sox lost like that to Royals without Bobby Witt Jr. in the lineup truly sums up how lackluster they’ve been this season. It’s to a point, where the Sox don’t look appealing even with their ace on the mound. Dylan Cease has found himself submerged in the dysfunction in the Southside, and this spot at Kauffman could give him even more trouble. If Luis Robert is set to miss a fourth straight game, fade Chicago here and smile about it. Give the Over a look as well, just in case those pesky Sox decide to come and play.