The Chicago White Sox will try to make up ground in the American League playoff chase when they battle the Central Division-rival Kansas City Royals in a key makeup game on Monday. The White Sox (62-59) are 2 ½ games behind front-running Cleveland and 3 ½ games out of the final Wild-Card spot. The Royals (49-74), meanwhile, have had Chicago's number of late, having won three of the last four meetings with the White Sox. Kansas City has also won eight of the 15 meetings this season. The game, a makeup of an April lockout game, is slated to begin at 2:10 p.m. ET from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
The White Sox enter the game with the fourth-best team batting average in MLB at .259, while Kansas City is tied for 15th with Texas with a .242 mark. Chicago is the -155 favorite (risk $155 to win $100) on the money line in the latest White Sox vs. Royals odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total runs scored is 8. Before making any Royals vs. White Sox picks, be sure to check out the latest MLB predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Royals vs. White Sox and revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see all of the model's MLB picks. Here are several MLB odds and trends for White Sox vs. Royals:
- White Sox vs. Royals money line: Chicago -155, Kansas City +130
- White Sox vs. Royals over/under: 8 runs
- White Sox vs. Royals run line: White Sox -1.5 (+110)
- CWS: The White Sox are 4-1 in their last five games against American League Central teams
- KC: The Royals are 4-1 in their last five Monday games
- White Sox vs. Royals picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why you should back the White Sox
Chicago has hit the ball well this season and enters the game with four batters hitting .300 or better. One of those is center fielder Luis Robert, who returned Saturday from a wrist injury. He went 1-for-3 with a walk. Robert has played well against Kansas City and in nine games against the Royals this season, is hitting .286 with a double, two homers and six RBIs. That success is even more pronounced in his career stats against Kansas City, batting .292 with four doubles, seven homers and 17 RBI.
First baseman Andrew Vaughn has also hit the ball well this season, and sports a .293 batting average. Vaughn has 13 homers, 58 RBI and 47 runs scored. He has feasted on Royals pitching this season, hitting .354 with three doubles, one triple, two homers and six RBI in 13 games. For his career, Vaughn has faced Kansas City in 30 games, batting .291 with five doubles, one triple, four homers and 14 RBI.
Why you should back the Royals
Kansas City is expected to send left-hander Daniel Lynch (4-8, 4.52 ERA) to the hill. Lynch has pitched well of late and has not allowed more than three earned runs in his last eight appearances. In Wednesday's 4-0 loss at Minnesota, he allowed three earned runs on five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two. He had pitched five scoreless innings in his previous outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers, walking four and striking out three.
Offensively, shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. enters the game with hits in five of his last six, including a 1-for-2 performance on Sunday at Tampa Bay, which included a double and a run batted in. Witt is batting .250 on the season with 16 homers, 60 RBIs and 59 runs scored. In 14 games against Chicago this season, Witt is batting .264 with four doubles, two homers and four RBIs. He also has three stolen bases.
How to make Royals vs. White Sox picks
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