After splitting a doubleheader on Tuesday, the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox continue their series on Wednesday night. The White Sox are listed as road favorites with a moneyline of -135 compared to Kansas City’s moneyline of +115. The game also has an over/under of nine runs.
With a split on Tuesday, the White Sox actually picked up a half-game in the standings. Chicago is now 1.5 games behind both the Guardians and the Twins, who are now tied for the 1st place in the American League Central, as well as 2.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. The White Sox are also 7-4 in their last 11 games and starting to build momentum.
As for the Royals, they had actually won three in a row until losing the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. After suffering a five-game losing streak in late July, the Royals are 6-4 in their last ten games. Of course, they are still 21 games under .500 and destined for another losing season.
Kris Bubic will make his 18th start of the season on Wednesday, with the 24-year-old experiencing plenty of growing pains this year. The southpaw is 2-6 with a 5.27 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP while averaging just 4.4 innings per outing.
On the bright side, Bubic has lowered his ERA from 7.45 to 5.27 over his last seven starts, so things are moving in the right direction for him.
The Royals are also starting to show some life offensively after scoring just five total runs in a three-game series against the White Sox last week. In the six games since that series ended, the Royals are averaging 5.8 runs per game.
In fact, the Royals have found their power stroke, hitting 11 home runs in their last seven games, including two from Salvador Perez, who is back from the IL, and giving Kansas City’s lineup a little more length.
The White Sox will counter Kansas City’s 24-year-old starter with 36-year-old Johnny Cueto. The veteran is 4-5 with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 14 starts and one relief appearance this year.
Johnny Cueto has pitched at least six innings in each of his last seven starts, giving up three runs or less in each start and two runs or less in four of those seven starts.
However, the Chicago lineup continues to run hot and cold and is now without Tim Anderson, who was placed on the IL Tuesday. They have scored three runs or less in five of their last six games, including both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
The silver lining is that Eloy Jimenez is raging hot at the moment, although Anderson is out and Yoan Moncada, AJ Pollock, and others are slumping.
The over/under of nine runs in this game seems to be way too high, given Chicago’s offensive struggles lately. Keep in mind that Bubic has been better lately while Cueto has been consistent all season.
Bet on this game to end with fewer than nine runs scored, with the White Sox being the more likely team to get a win.
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