White Sox vs Royals: MLB Betting Lines, Stats and Predictions – April 8, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 8, 2021

The Chicago White Sox will play their first home game of the season on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals, starting at 4:10 PM ET. The White Sox are -177 favorites on the moneyline for the matchup. Chicago’s Lance Lynn and Kansas City’s Brad Keller have been named the starters for this contest.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of April 8, 2021, 3:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to place a bet at DraftKings.

White Sox vs Royals Betting Lines

White Sox Betting Insights

  • The White Sox won 26, or 74.3%, of the 35 games they played as favorites last season.
  • Chicago entered nine games last season favored by -177 or more, and won each of those games.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the White Sox have a 61.5% chance to win.
  • Last season, Chicago and its opponents hit the over in 26 of their 57 games with a total.

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Royals Betting Insights

  • The Royals were chosen as underdogs in 49 games last year and walked away with the win 16 times (32.7%) in those games.
  • Kansas City had a win-loss record of 8-16 when favored by +150 or worse by oddsmakers last year.
  • The Royals have an implied victory probability of 38.5% according to the moneyline set for this matchup.
  • Contests with Kansas City went over the total set by sportsbooks in 20 of 58 chances last season.

Royals Probable Pitcher – Brad Keller

  • The Royals are sending Keller (0-0) to the mound for his second start of the season.
  • Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of April 8, 2021 at 6:07 AM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

White Sox Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 3-4
Home 0-0
Road 3-4
vs LHP (Starters) 3-0
vs RHP (Starters) 0-4
Day Games 0-1
Night Games 3-3

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White Sox Probable Pitcher – Lance Lynn

  • The White Sox will send Lynn to the mound for his second start of the season.
  • Pitchers reflected above are based on projections as of April 8, 2021 at 6:07 AM ET and may not be the pitchers at game time.

Royals Hitting Splits

Split Record
Overall 3-2
Home 2-1
Road 1-1
vs LHP (Starters) 1-0
vs RHP (Starters) 2-2
Day Games 0-0
Night Games 3-2

White Sox Hitting Stats

  • The White Sox averaged 1.6 home runs per game to rank third in MLB play with 96 total home runs last season.
  • The White Sox averaged 1.7 homers per home game last season (52 total at home).
  • Jose Abreu slugged 19 home runs and collected 60 RBI last season while batting .317.
  • Luis Robert hit .233 with an OBP of .302 and a slugging percentage of .436.

Royals Hitting Stats

  • The Royals’ 68 home runs ranked 20th in Major League Baseball.
  • They hit 35 homers, an average of 1.2 per game, in 30 road contests last season.
  • Salvador Perez hit 11 home runs and had 32 runs batted in last season, while accumulating a batting average of .333.
  • Whit Merrifield hit .286 with 12 doubles, nine home runs and 12 walks.

Game Prediction

Moneyline Pick: Royals (+150)

Over/Under Pick: Over (8.5)

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm derived from offensive performance metrics and probable starting pitchers.

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