The Royals own the best record in the American League, and open the "second half" of this season as short favorites on the road against the White Sox.
Royals-White Sox Game 2 Betting Odds
In the early betting on Friday's nightcap the best price we could find on KC with Chris Young was the -115 offered at GT Bets, while Heritage was giving Chicago and lefty John Danks +117. The Royals could also be gotten at a price of +140 giving the run and a half on the run line at Pinnacle.
These teams open this four-game series with the first game of this double-header Friday afternoon. Bettors may want to check Game 2's lineups before betting it.
Chicago kind of stunk most of this season, but finished the “first half” in good fashion, winning nine of its last 12 games before the All-Star break. At 41-45 the Sox are 11 games back in the AL Central, but only 5.5 games back in the battle for the second American League wild-card spot.
Kansas City, meanwhile, won eight of its last 10 going into the break. At 52-34 the Royals own the best record in the American League and a 4.5-game lead over second-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
KC leads this season series four games to two, with the totals going 2-3-1.
Game 2 Pitching Match-Up
Danks (4-8, 5.30), by our strict standards, is just five-for-16 on quality starts this season, alternating good and bad for the last month or so. Two weeks ago he tossed seven shutout innings against Baltimore, but next time out he got nicked for six runs in less than five innings against Toronto. On the season Danks has allowed 110 hits through 92 innings, walked 25 and struck out 64. Chicago is 7-9 in Danks' starts, with the totals leaning UNDER by a 9-6 margin.
Since the beginning of last season Danks has started five times against Kansas City, allowing 12 runs and 24 hits through 31 2/3 innings (3.41 ERA); the Sox lost three of those games, while only one of those games played OVER.
Young (7-5, 3.00) is only five-for-13 on quality starts this year, but he's also been pitching on a short leash. Last Saturday he gave up three runs in six innings against Toronto, and just before that he gave up four runs in six innings against Tampa. On the season Young has allowed just 65 hits through 87 innings, walked 24 and struck out 56. KC is 8-5 in Young's starts, with the UNDERS going 7-4.
The last time Young started against the White Sox came back in 2005, when he was a rookie with Texas. Back in April he carded an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball in relief against Chicago.
Game 2 Batting Splits
Kansas City ranks fourth in the Majors at the moment against left-handed pitching with a .271 team batting average, and eighth with a .322 team on-base percentage.
Chicago, meanwhile, ranks 22nd against right-handed pitching with a .245 average and 24th in team OBP at .301.
Ballpark Totals Factor
Games played at the Cell this season are a lopsided 29-10 on the UNDERS, averaging just 6.6 runs per, third-least among all ML ballparks. But a lot of that probably has to do with the Sox light-hitting lineup.
Kansas City is playing without OF Alex Gordon (.394 OBP), who's on the DL with a pulled groin.
Game 2 Free Picks
We'll give Young an edge in the pitching match-up with our MLB picks in part because Sox hitters are fairly unfamiliar with him. And KC owns advantages with the sticks and in the bullpen. We like the Royals in this spot. Also, Danks has a decent recent track record against KC, so we're thinking UNDER.