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Kansas City vs. Chi White Sox,
08/02/2018 14:10 EDT,
Score: 4 - 6
Money Line: -135 Chi White Sox
8* Chi White Sox (2:10 ET): This battle of bottom-feeders may not seem all that appealing at first glance, but the White Sox will be looking to avoid getting swept by the Royals and that makes them an attractive play to me Thursday afternoon. As bad as the White Sox are, the Royals have been worse this season. KC is dead last in all of MLB in run differential (-189) and are the only team w/ a worse ERA than Chicago's staff. Going back a full calendar year, they've pulled off only one sweep, that coming at home against Minnesota right after the All-Star Break. Given their poor 19-36 record on the road this year (also just 15-28 in day games), I have serious doubts that they'll be able to repeat the feat here. Thus, look for the home team to salvage the finale of this three-game set.
Now the White Sox certainly aren't "gangbusters" at home, or in day games for that matter. Also, last night was the FOURTH time in the past seven games they allowed 10+ runs. They're 1-6 overall during that stretch. But last night saw them go 2 for 16 w/ RISP, which signals to me the loss was more about missed opportunity rather than simply not playing well. Getting swept by the Royals at home would be quite the embarrassment, so I anticipate the players will be motivated here. One player in particular that should be highly motivated is starter Reynaldo Lopez, who has revenge on his mind for a loss to the Royals last month. He gave up five runs in 7 2/3 IP, which was the start of an ugly three-game stretch for the right-hander. Last time out may have been "rock bottom" as Lopez gave up eight runs to Toronto. But he still has a decent 1.166 WHIP here at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The recent numbers from Royals' starter Brad Keller are no better than Lopez's, yet somehow he has a 2-1 TSR his L3 starts (White Sox have lost the last four times Lopez has taken the mound). That 2-1 TSR is in spite of Keller posting a 7.04 ERA and 1.825 WHIP. Last time out may have been the shocker of the year. Even though Keller allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Yankees, the Royals were able to win 10-5 as +340 underdogs on the money line! It was the second time in three starts than Keller had more walks (3) than strikeouts (1). The other one was against these White Sox as he got hammered for five runs in just 2 2/3 IP w/ four walks and just one strikeout. Coming into this series, the White Sox were 7-2 against the Royals this year. So I can't see them being swept at home. 8* Chi White Sox