White Sox Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – May 18, 2022

Written By Staff on May 18, 2022

The Kansas City Royals (13-22) host the Chicago White Sox (18-18) on Wednesday at 8:10 PM ET. Lucas Giolito takes the mound first for Chicago (-156 to win), and Zack Greinke is Kansas City’s (+131) choice to start.

The insights in the following article reference odds valid as of May 18, 2022 at 7:25 PM ET.

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White Sox vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Giolito (CHW) Pitcher Greinke (KC)
2 – 1 W/L 0 – 2
26.2 IP 38.1
2.70 ERA 3.52
1.125 WHIP 1.174
12.5 K/9 3.3
3 BB/9 0.7

White Sox Probable Starter Lucas Giolito

  • Giolito gets the start for the White Sox, his sixth of the season. He is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 37 strikeouts through 26 2/3 innings pitched.
  • The righty last pitched on Wednesday, May 11 against the Cleveland Guardians, when he threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run while giving up six hits.
  • In five games this season, the 27-year-old has amassed a 2.70 ERA and 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
  • Giolito is looking to pick up his third quality start of the year.
  • The opposing Royals offense has the 28th-ranked slugging percentage (.337) and is 29th in MLB play with 22 home runs. It has a collective .224 batting average, and is 25th in MLB with 263 total hits and 27th in MLB action scoring 123 runs.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 18, 2022 at 7:25 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Probable Starter Zack Greinke

  • The Royals will hand the ball to Greinke (0-2) for his eighth start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched on Saturday in his last outing, a matchup with the Colorado Rockies.
  • The 38-year-old has pitched in seven games this season with an ERA of 3.52, a 4.667 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.174.
  • He has started seven games this season, earning a quality start (6 or more IP, 3 or fewer ER) in two of them.
  • The White Sox are batting .224 this season, 22nd in MLB. They have a team slugging percentage of .350 (25th in the league) with 32 home runs.
  • The 38-year-old’s 3.52 ERA ranks 32nd, 1.174 WHIP ranks 31st, and 3.3 K/9 ranks 58th among qualified pitchers in the majors this year.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 18, 2022 at 7:25 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

White Sox Betting Trends

  • The White Sox have won 15 of the 26 games they were favored on the moneyline this season (57.7%).
  • In games it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -156 or shorter, Chicago has a record of 3-3 (50%).
  • The White Sox have an implied moneyline win probability of 60.9% in this matchup.
  • Chicago has had an over/under set by bookmakers 36 times, and has combined with opponents to go over the total in 13 of those games (13-21-2).
  • The White Sox are 17-19-0 ATS this season.
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Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals have won 10, or 34.5%, of the 29 games they’ve played as underdogs this season.
  • Kansas City has entered 11 games this season as the underdog by +131 or more and is 2-9 in those contests.
  • Oddsmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Royals have a 43.3% chance to win.
  • So far this season, Kansas City and its opponents have hit the over in 16 of their 35 games with a total.
  • The Royals are 16-19-0 against the spread in their 35 chances this season.

White Sox Players to Watch

  • Tim Anderson has an on-base percentage of .363, a slugging percentage of .484, and has 42 hits, all club-highs for the White Sox. He’s hitting .328 with eight doubles, four home runs and three walks.
  • Anderson ranks seventh in batting average, 28th in on base percentage, and 28th in slugging among the qualifying hitters in MLB action.
  • Luis Robert is hitting .296 with three doubles, five home runs and six walks.
  • Robert’s batting average ranks 23rd among qualified players, his on-base percentage ranks 71st, and he is 44th in the league in slugging.
  • Jose Abreu is batting .205 with six doubles, three home runs and 15 walks.
  • Andrew Vaughn is hitting .242 with three doubles, four home runs and five walks.

White Sox Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Tim Anderson 128 .328 19 4 12 .363 .847
José Abreu 127 .205 14 3 14 .292 .615
Luis Robert 115 .296 20 5 13 .331 .783
Yasmani Grandal 109 .165 5 2 8 .281 .520
Gavin Sheets 93 .215 7 4 10 .270 .646
Leury García 92 .185 8 2 8 .200 .483
Adam Engel 78 .205 10 1 3 .262 .583
A.J. Pollock 78 .218 7 1 9 .250 .558
Josh Harrison 72 .167 11 0 2 .250 .528
Andrew Vaughn 66 .242 5 4 12 .311 .781

Royals Players to Watch

  • Andrew Benintendi has an OPS of .769, fueled by an OBP of .369 to go with a slugging percentage of .400. All three of those stats are best among Kansas City hitters this season.
  • Of all the qualifying batters in MLB, Benintendi is 19th in batting average, 24th in on-base percentage and 87th in slugging percentage.
  • Whit Merrifield has collected 28 hits this season to earn an on-base percentage of .234.
  • Among all qualified hitters, Merrifield’s batting average puts him 150th, his on-base percentage is 165th, and he is 161st in slugging.
  • Hunter Dozier has 33 hits and is batting .280 this season.
  • Bobby Witt Jr. has three home runs, 14 RBI and a batting average of .215 this season.

Royals Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 142 .197 14 2 15 .234 .509
Bobby Witt Jr. 130 .215 15 3 14 .261 .638
Andrew Benintendi 125 .304 12 2 16 .369 .769
Hunter Dozier 118 .280 14 3 8 .320 .769
Nicky Lopez 107 .215 11 0 4 .306 .558
Michael A. Taylor 101 .238 14 2 12 .333 .670
Carlos Santana 79 .127 7 1 6 .289 .492
Kyle Isbel 37 .189 5 0 2 .211 .454
Ryan O’Hearn 35 .171 2 1 5 .231 .488
Emmanuel Rivera 31 .226 5 1 6 .294 .746

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