The MLB is set up with an action packed day of baseball on August 3. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox. These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Kansas City has earned a record of 45-59 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the AL Central. The Royals have not been able to get much going so far this season. Kansas City has lost three games in a row entering this one. The Royals will look to turn it around with a big win on Tuesday night.
The White Sox have put up a record of 62-44 so far this season, which has them in the top spot of the AL Central. Chicago has an eight and a half game lead on the Cleveland Indians. The White Sox are coming off a win in their last outing, but have not won back to back games since July 20. Chicago will look to string together back to back wins in this one.
These two teams are sitting in opposite parts of the standings so far, but I expect a solid game on Tuesday night. The Royals have lost three in a row, while Chicago has not been able to put together back to back wins for the last couple of weeks. I expect the White Sox to come out hot in this series though as they look for the win.
The Royals and the White Sox have met up thirteen times this season. The first two games were in Chicago on April 8 and 11. Yoan Moncada and Yermin Mercedes both homered in the first matchup as the White Sox earned a 6-0 win. Carlos Santana hit a solo shot in the second meeting to give Kansas City a 4-3 win.
The next three games were in Kansas City between May 7 and 9. Carlos Rodon gave up five hits and no runs through six innings in the third outing as Chicago earned a 3-0 shutout. Yoan Moncada had three RBI’s, while Danny Mendick had a two run home run in the fourth matchup as the White Sox grabbed a 9-1 win. Jose Abreu and Yermin Mercedes both had three RBI’s in the fifth game as Chicago won 9-3.
Chicago hosted the next four games between May 14 and 16. Salvador Perez had a three run shot in the sixth meeting as Kansas City won 6-2. Andrew Vaughn had a homer in the seventh game as the White Sox won 3-1. Perez had another three run bomb in the eighth matchup to give the Royals a 5-1 win. Adam Eaton homered in the ninth game to lead Chicago to a 4-3 win to tie up the set.
The four most recent games were in Kansas City between July 26 and 29. Jorge Soler had two homers in the tenth matchup as the Royals won 4-3. Eloy Jimenez had a three run shot in the eleventh game as Chicago bounced back with a 5-3 win. Michael A. Taylor had a walk off single in the twelfth outing as Kansas City won 3-2. Salvador Perez and Taylor homered in the most recent game as the Royals won 5-0.
Kansas City has struggled to get the bats going throughout this season. The Royals have hit in 405 RBI’s, which is 24th in the league. Kansas City has also gone deep 108 times this season, which is 26th in the MLB. The Royals have not been much better defensively. Kansas City has allowed their opponents to score 520 runs, which is 22nd in the league.
The White Sox have been strong with the bats in their hands this season. Chicago has earned 493 RBI’s on the season, which is 8th in the MLB. The White Sox have hit 115 home runs, which is 23rd in the league. Chicago has been strong on the mound and in the field as well. The White Sox have given up 411 runs to opposing teams, which is 5th in the MLB.
Chicago has been the better team with the bats in their hands and in the field this season. The White Sox will look to get going quickly in this one. The Royals put together a strong series against Chicago in their last set and will look to build on it. The White Sox will need to get more baserunners on early if they want to knock off their division rival.
I expect Kris Bubic to get the nod on the mound for the Royals on Tuesday night. Bubic has played in 18 games this season, earning a record of 3-4 throughout those matchups. He has posted a 4.58 ERA and a WHIP of 1.46 in those games played. Bubic’s last start was against the White Sox. He pitched six innings and gave up five hits and two runs in the no decision.
Dylan Cease will likely get the start at pitcher for Chicago in this one. Cease has earned a record of 7-6 throughout his 21 starts this season. He has put up an ERA of 4.14 and a 1.30 WHIP in those outings. Cease pitched six innings in his last start against Kansas City. He gave up six hits and two runs in the no decision.
These two pitchers have been solid throughout this season and will look for a win in this one. Both teams eventually won the last time these two pitchers were on the mound, but neither pitcher earned the win. I expect both to try and come out quickly to give their team the edge in this one. If either pitcher can control the zone early in this one, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams have met in some exciting matchups throughout this season. Kansas City has won their last two times against the White Sox and will look to keep it going. Chicago has not been able to string together wins as of late, but I think they will do it in this one. If the White Sox can come out with some hits, I think they will earn a dominant win on Tuesday night.
BetOnline has Chicago listed as a -181 against the money line. This implies that the White Sox will win this game around 64.4 percent of the time. I think that this line is right, but there is little value in it. Chicago is also listed at -1 ½ for -105 in this one. If the White Sox can grab an early lead, I think their pitching will allow them to cover this spread.