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MLB Betting Preview: Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals

September 5, 2023

In the second clash of their intense three-game series, the Chicago White Sox are set to face off against the Kansas City Royals. Will the Royals establish their dominance on their home turf?

  • Date: Game 2 on September 5, 2023 at 7:40 PM ET

  • Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri

Chicago White Sox Betting Preview

The White Sox are 27th in the league rankings. They just lost three straight to the Detroit Tigers and had a horrible defense. Dylan Cease (6-7) will attempt to stop the bleeding on the mound, with an ERA of 4.91.

Their batting average of .240 is keeping them somewhat competitive against teams. They are allowing their opponents to an average .249, which is likely why they are one of the worst teams in the league.

They actually get on base less than the Royals, at a rate of .295. Their ERA might be enough to tip this game in their favor, at 4.88. Their slugging percentage is on par with the Royals, at .389.

The White Sox do not really have anything to prove here, other than not being the absolute worst team in the league. The Royals already have that title for now, but this could change if the White Sox do not have good days moving forward.

Kansas City Royals Betting Preview

The Royals have earned the worst team in the league ranking. They had bad losses against the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates recently, giving them bad momentum coming into this series.

They have a batting average coming in at .242, which is good with the White Sox. However, they allow .264 at the plate from their opponents, which hurts their chances tremendously against good offensive teams.

Having an ERA at 5.24, is not ideal, but their OBP is a hair higher than the White Sox at .299. In addition, their slugging percentage is also better, at .392.

The Royals need a lot of improvements everywhere you look. However, they can make this interesting if they come out hot at the plate.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie is showing odds that indicate this matchup is a tossup, with the Kansas City Royals as slight favorites to win. However, according to market analysis, the White Sox have a 54.1 percent chance to win.

  • Chicago White Sox: -108

  • Kansas City Royals: -112

This has been a relatively close matchup this season, despite the Royals being the worst team in the league. It could definitely go either way, but the White Sox are appealing with their run line.

Spooky Express Pick: Chicago White Sox Run Line at -1.5 (+150)