White Sox Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – May 17, 2022

Written By Staff on May 17, 2022

Tim Anderson leads the Chicago White Sox (17-17) into a matchup against Andrew Benintendi and the Kansas City Royals (12-21) on Tuesday at 2:10 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium. Anderson is batting .339, the fourth-best batting average in the league, for the White Sox, while Benintendi is 10th at .314 for the Royals. Dylan Cease starts for Chicago (-119 to win), and Jonathan Heasley is Kansas City’s (-101) pick to start.

The betting insights in the following article use the latest odds as of May 17, 2022 at 1:24 PM ET.

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White Sox vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Cease (CHW) Pitcher Heasley (KC)
3 – 1 W/L 0 – 1
38.0 IP 3.1
3.55 ERA 2.70
1.105 WHIP 2.400
13.7 K/9 2.7
3.6 BB/9 10.8

White Sox Probable Starter Dylan Cease

  • The White Sox will send Cease (3-1) out for his eighth start of the season. He is 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.
  • In his last appearance on Friday against the New York Yankees, the right-hander threw 4 2/3 innings, giving up six earned runs while surrendering six hits.
  • In seven games this season, the 26-year-old has amassed an ERA of 3.55, with 13.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
  • Cease is trying to secure his third quality start of the season.
  • The opposing Royals offense has a collective .222 batting average, and is 26th in the league with 246 total hits and 26th in MLB action with 121 runs scored. It has the 28th-ranked slugging percentage (.333) and ranks 29th in home runs (21) in all of MLB.
  • Among qualifying pitchers in MLB play this season, the 26-year-old’s 3.55 ERA ranks 37th, 1.105 WHIP ranks 26th, and 13.7 K/9 ranks first.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 17, 2022 at 1:24 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Probable Starter Jonathan Heasley

  • The Royals’ Jon Heasley will make his second start of the season.
  • The right-hander’s last appearance was on Friday, when he threw 3 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run while allowing four hits against the Texas Rangers.
  • He has pitched in one games this season with an ERA of 2.70, a 0.25 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 2.400.
  • The White Sox are batting .226 this season, 21st in MLB. They have a team slugging percentage of .354 (22nd in the league) with 32 home runs.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 17, 2022 at 1:24 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

White Sox Betting Trends

  • The White Sox have won 58.3% of the games this season when they were the moneyline favorite (14-10).
  • Chicago has gone 12-7 in games it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -119 or shorter (63.2%).
  • Based on this matchup’s moneyline, the White Sox have an implied win probability of 54.3%.
  • Chicago has had an over/under set by bookmakers 34 times, and has combined with opponents to go over the total in 13 of those games (13-19-2).
  • The White Sox have covered 47.1% of their games this season, going 16-18-0 ATS.
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Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals have been underdogs in 27 games this season and won nine (33.3%) of those contests.
  • Kansas City has a record of 8-16, a 33.3% win rate, when they’re set as an underdog of -101 or more by sportsbooks this season.
  • The implied probability of a win by the Royals, based on the moneyline, is 50.2%.
  • Games involving Kansas City have gone over the total set by bookmakers in 16 of 33 chances this season.
  • The Royals are 15-18-0 against the spread this season.

White Sox Players to Watch

  • Anderson has racked up 42 hits with a .369 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage, all club-highs for the White Sox. He is batting .339 with eight doubles, four home runs and three walks.
  • Among qualified hitters in baseball, Anderson’s batting average ranks fourth, his on-base percentage ranks 22nd, and he is 20th in the league in slugging.
  • Luis Robert is batting .308 with three doubles, five home runs and six walks.
  • Among qualified hitters, Robert ranks 17th in batting average, 54th in on-base percentage, and 28th in slugging.
  • Robert has safely hit in 14 straight games. In his last 10 outings he is hitting .372 with two home runs, four walks and seven RBI.
  • Jose Abreu is batting .194 with five doubles, three home runs and 14 walks.
  • Andrew Vaughn is batting .238 with three doubles, four home runs and five walks.

White Sox Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Tim Anderson 124 .339 18 4 12 .369 .869
José Abreu 124 .194 14 3 12 .279 .585
Luis Robert 107 .308 20 5 13 .345 .822
Yasmani Grandal 102 .167 5 2 8 .283 .528
Gavin Sheets 87 .230 7 4 10 .280 .682
Leury García 85 .200 8 2 8 .216 .522
Adam Engel 73 .219 10 1 2 .278 .620
A.J. Pollock 73 .192 6 1 8 .221 .495
Josh Harrison 66 .152 10 0 2 .233 .491
Andrew Vaughn 63 .238 5 4 12 .310 .786

Royals Players to Watch

  • Benintendi has an OPS of .786, fueled by an OBP of .371 to go with a slugging percentage of .415. All three of those stats are best among Kansas City hitters this season.
  • Among all the qualified hitters in MLB, Benintendi’s batting average ranks 10th, his on-base percentage ranks 19th, and he is 77th in slugging percentatge.
  • Whit Merrifield is batting .194 with a .269 slugging percentage and 15 RBI this year.
  • Merrifield is currently 150th in batting average, 167th in on-base percentage and 161st in slugging percentage among all qualifying hitters.
  • Hunter Dozier has 32 hits and is batting .281 this season.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has three home runs, 14 RBI and a batting average of .211 this season.

Royals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 134 .194 14 2 15 .228 .497
Salvador Pérez 133 .195 13 6 16 .230 .621
Bobby Witt Jr. 123 .211 15 3 14 .254 .620
Andrew Benintendi 118 .314 12 2 16 .371 .786
Hunter Dozier 114 .281 14 3 8 .322 .778
Nicky Lopez 101 .188 11 0 4 .281 .499
Michael A. Taylor 96 .229 14 2 11 .330 .653
Carlos Santana 74 .135 7 1 6 .297 .513
Ryan O’Hearn 31 .194 2 1 5 .257 .547
Kyle Isbel 31 .194 5 0 2 .219 .477

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