The Chicago White Sox are finally playing like the team most of us expected before the season started. As a result, Chicago has climbed back into contention in the AL Central. A division they were predicted to run away with. Chicago is still hovering around the .500 mark as we near the end of the month, but it’s still an improvement on their low point at 7-12.
The Royals, on the other hand, are falling out of contention in the AL Central and are nowhere near .500. A situation I don’t expect to change at all for the rest of the season. The Royals are a classic “bad team” and I expect the White Sox to get up and beat them on Thursday.
Here are the odds for this game, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
White Sox vs. Royals Odds, Run Line, and Total
- White Sox: -1.5 (+100)
- Royals: +1.5 (-120)
- White Sox: -155
- Royals: +135
- Total 8 (Over -120/Under +100)
White Sox vs. Royals Prediction and Pick
My biggest reason for the lack of faith in the Royals today is their starting pitcher, Carlos Hernandez. I know there is a lot of talk about unemployment rates in the United States right now. But, if this guy can keep a job, I don’t see how anyone is out of work. Hernandez enters this start with a 9.11 ERA and the ultimate shame, a WHIP over 2.00. Only once this season did he strike out more batters than he walked, and hasn’t pitched more than 5 ⅓ innings in any of his six abortive appearances.
Basically, this guy is sleepwalking through games until the Royals come to their senses and DFA’d. Just to nail this point home, in Hernandez’s last two starts he gave up 15 runs in 8 ⅔ innings against the Rockies and Orioles. Yet somehow, it took him 166 pitches to achieve that feat.
Vince Velasquez isn’t having the best year for Chicago. But at least he occasionally has a good game. The same can’t be said for Hernandez who is impossible to bet on right now.
Pick: White Sox -155
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