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Kansas City Royals favored against struggling Chicago White Sox in upcoming four-game series

The Chicago White Sox are set to face off against the Kansas City Royals in a four-game series, with the first game taking place on Thursday. The White Sox have had a rough start to the season, with a 1-4 record and a run differential of -11. The Royals, on the other hand, have a 2-4 record and high expectations for the 2024 season. The pitching matchup for Thursday's game will feature White Sox's Michael Soroka and Royals' Seth Lugo. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:40 PM EST, with Kansas City being the betting favorite at -165.

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: White Sox +140 | Royals -165
  • Spread: White Sox +1.5 (-148) | Royals -1.5 (+125)
  • Total: Over/Under 8.5 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Kansas City will win straight-up is 62%.

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Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have entered a period of rebuilding, as evidenced by the recent trades of key players like Dylan Cease and Tim Anderson. Despite a rough start to the season with only one win in their first five games, the White Sox were able to surprise the Atlanta Braves with a 3-2 victory. Starter Garrett Crochet had a standout performance, pitching seven innings and allowing just one run. Michael Kopech earned his first-ever save in the game. Newcomer Michael Soroka will make his second start for the White Sox, hoping to return to form after injuries hampered his career. Key injuries include Eloy Jimenez and Max Stassi. The White Sox are currently ranked 29th in offense, 19th in defense, and have a record of 1-4. Be sure to check out our Free MLB Picks for more insights on the MLB season.

Kansas City Royals Analysis

The Kansas City Royals have been facing challenges in recent seasons as they strive to return to their previous success in the World Series. While they may not be championship contenders this year, they have the potential to compete in the Central Division. Despite a slow start to the season with just two wins in six games, the Royals have shown promise. Pitcher Cole Ragan has emerged as a key player for the team, with an impressive ERA and win record since joining the Royals. In their upcoming game, the Royals will rely on new acquisition Seth Lugo, who performed well in his first start. The team is dealing with several key injuries, which may impact their performance. In terms of power ranking, the Royals are ranked 19th overall, with a strong offense and defense. The team's recent matchups against Chicago have been mixed, with Chicago winning two out of three games.

Kansas City Royals Look to Continue Climb in Standings with Victory against White Sox

The Kansas City Royals are primed for upward movement in the standings this season, boasting a roster of dynamic everyday players such as Bobby Witt and a steadily-improving rotation that has seen enhancements with key acquisitions like Ragan last year and tonight's starter Lugo. Lugo's pitching style is well-suited for Kauffman Stadium, which traditionally benefits pitchers. Supported by a staunch defense and adept at limiting home runs, Lugo is poised for success against a White Sox lineup that ranks among the weakest in baseball, particularly if Elroy Jimenez is absent on Thursday. White Sox starter Soroka, though displaying competent performance in his inaugural outing with the team, has yet to recapture the form that once earmarked him as a future ace with the Braves. Anticipate runs being surrendered to the Royals' lineup, resulting in Kansas City achieving a .500 home record with a victory on Thursday. Betting on the Royals with the money line is recommended.

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