Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox MLB Pick – August 1

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball on August 1. Ten games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 8:10 PM Eastern time.

Kansas City has posted a record of 40-62 throughout this season, which has them sitting in last place of the AL Central. The Royals are coming off a win, but have gone 4-6 throughout their last 10 meetings. Kansas City has fallen far out the playoff picture, but will look for the win in this one. The Royals will look to step up on the road in this one.

The White Sox have put up a record of 51-50 so far on the season, which has them in third place of the AL Central. Chicago has won their last two games and have earned a 6-4 record in their last 10 games. The White Sox are two games back on the top seeded Minnesota Twins. Chicago will look to come out fast at home on Monday night.

These two teams have struggled a bit and are out of playoff spots this season. The Royals are much further down in the standings, but will look to build on Sunday’s win. Chicago will look to move up the standings with a big win in this one. If either team can step up early, it could be enough to grab the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Kansas City Royals +1 ½ (-135) +141 Over 8 ½ (-105)
Chicago White Sox -1 ½ (+115) -170 Under 8 ½ (-115)
Team Data Kansas City Royals Chicago White Sox
Overall Record 40-62 51-50
Away/ Home Record 18-32 23-28
Batting Average .246 .257
Batting Average Away/ Home .237 .241
ERA 4.69 3.99
ERA Away/ Home 5.00 4.46

Betting Trends

Kansas City Royals

  • 4-10 when playing on Monday
  • 18-20 against divisional opponents
  • 22-34 in night games
  • 26-46 against right handers
  • 14-23 after a win
  • 14-30 against team with a winning record

Chicago White Sox

  • 4-4 when playing on a Monday
  • 20-21 against division rivals
  • 25-29 in night games
  • 40-40 against right handed starters
  • 23-26 after a win
  • 23-26 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up eight times throughout this season. The first three games were in Chicago, where the Royals won two of the games. The next five games shifted to Kansas City. The White Sox won three of those five meetings. The Royals have outscored Chicago 29-27 in the season series so far.

Offense

The Royals have been solid at the plate throughout the season. Kansas City has a .246 batting average, which is 12th in the league. The Royals have earned an OBP of .310, which is 20th in the MLB. Kansas City has put up a .688 OPS, which is 21st in the league. The Royals have a BA of .244 against right handers.

Chicago has been strong hitting the ball on the season. The White Sox have a batting average of .257, which is 4th in the MLB. Chicago has posted a .311 on base percentage, which is 18th in the league. The White Sox have earned an OPS of .697, which is 18th in the MLB. Chicago has hit .251 against righties this season.

These two teams have been solid on the season and will look to get going early in this one. The White Sox have been the better team hitting the ball and will try to get their bats going early. Kansas City has struggled a bit in recent games. If either team can get the lead early in this game, it could be enough for the win.

Pitching Preview

I expect Brad Keller to get the nod on the mound for Kansas City in this one. Keller has earned a record of 5-11 throughout his 19 starts this season. He has posted an ERA of 4.18 and a 1.32 WHIP in those games. Keller’s last start was against the Los Angeles Angels. He gave up six hits and three runs through six innings in the loss.

Michael Kopech will likely get the start at pitcher for the White Sox on Monday night. Kopech has started in 18 games this season, going 4-6 in those matchups. He has put up a 3.16 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21 in those outings. Kopech pitched five and a third innings in his last start against the Colorado Rockies. He gave up six hits en route to the win.

These two pitchers have been solid this season and will look to get going early in this one. Kopech has won his last two starts, while Keller has lost his last two. Chicago has the edge in the bullpen in this one. The White Sox relievers have combined for an ERA of 4.03, which is 19th in the league. The Royals bullpen has a 4.62 ERA, which is 29th in the MLB.

Pick Overview

These two pitchers have been solid on the season and will look to get going early in this one. The Royals have been solid against Chicago on the season. The White Sox have struggled a bit at home, but I believe they will build on their winning streak. If Chicago can grab the early lead in this one, I think they can get a dominant win.

Bovada has the White Sox listed as a -170 against the money line in this game. This implies that Chicago will win this game around 63 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate, but has little value. The White Sox are also listed at -1 ½ for +115. I think that Chicago will come out fast and dominate a struggling Kansas City team.

The Bet
Chicago White Sox -1.5
+115
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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