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#957 Chicago White Sox vs.
#958 Kansas City Royals
Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 7:05pm EDT
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Saturday, there will be an MLB matchup between two AL Central rivals as the Chicago White Sox travel to Kauffman Stadium to take on the Kansas City Royals. This game will be taking place at 8:05 P.M. EST and it will be the second game of a three-game series.

Starting Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 14.73 ERA) will be taking the hill for the Chicago White Sox while Ronald Bolanos (0-1, 0.00 ERA) will be getting the nod for the Kansas City Royals.

White Sox Look For Third Straight Win

So far this season, the Chicago White Sox have looked like a mediocre team in the AL Central division. The White Sox were expected to be a bit of a dark horse candidate in the American League. Even though Chicago still has a losing record, it has shown some flashes at times which should provide the fans with a bit of optimism. In addition, Chicago enters this game in solid form as it has won each of its last two games. Now, Chicago will be looking to extend its winning streak with another solid road performance on Saturday.

The Chicago White Sox will be going with Gio Gonzalez as the starter for this game as he will be looking for a bounce back start. In his first start of the season, Gonzalez looked awful as he allowed three runs in less than four innings of work but managed to avoid getting the loss. Now, he will be looking to get back on track against a weak AL Central foe.

Yesterday, Chicago's pitching led the way en route to a 3-2 victory against Kansas City on the road. Dallas Keuchel got the victory which was well deserved as he allowed just two earned runs in over five innings of work. Chicago's bullpen also looked great as it allowed zero runs. Now, Chicago's bullpen will be looking for another stellar performance on Saturday.

Kansas City's Offense Keeps Struggling

The Kansas City Royals entered the regular season without any expectations whatsoever. The Royals were a longshot to make the postseason and people are fully understanding why through the first eight games of the season. Kansas City has lost five games already and that has mainly been due to its offense. Kansas City has scored less than six runs in seven of its first eight games which has played a lot of pressure on the pitching staff to shutdown opposing lineups in order to keep games close. If the Royals plan on winning more games in the future, their offense will need to wake up.

The Kansas City Royals will be going with Ronald Bolanos as the starter for this game which is a bit of a bold move considering the fact that he has only started four games in his brief MLB career. Bolanos also was the unfortunate recipient of a loss in his first appearance in 2020 despite not allowing an earned run. Now, he will be looking to avoid allowing an earned run for the second straight appearance.

Yesterday, Kansas City's offense looked as flat as can be as it only scored two runs on eight total hits. To make matters worse, the Royals had a ton of chances in that game but left nine runners on base so one could argue that they should have been able to win on Friday. However, the Royals have to forget about that performance as quickly as possible if they plan on having a more positive offensive output on Saturday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Chicago won the first game of this series and it has the more experienced starting pitcher in this matchup so I think that there is some value with the White Sox in this game. Kansas City is starting a 23 year old who has only appeared in six major league games so I cannot trust him in this spot against a very underrated and deep opposing lineup. At the same time, Gonzalez has been a starter in the league for a long time so I think that he should be able to limit the damage to some degree against a mediocre lineup on Saturday. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Chicago White Sox

Full-Game Total Pick

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Both starting pitchers in this matchup are underwhelming to say the least so I think that this high total might not actually be high enough. Gonzalez got shelled in his first start and he enters this game with a 14.73 ERA so it would not be too surprising if he struggles once again in this road start. At the same time, Kansas City is using a pitcher with practically no MLB experience so one should not be surprised if he gets into some trouble early and often in this game as well. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 7-5 so I think that there is some value with the over in this spot.

Prediction: Over 10.5

First Five Innings Side Pick

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Chicago has the much better lineup in this matchup so I have a bit more faith in its offense than Kansas City when it comes to exposing unreliable starting pitchers. I expect this game to be close for the first few innings but Chicago has a ton of power from a variety of spots in the batting order while Kansas City does not have the same luxury so I think that the White Sox should be able to hit enough home runs over the first five innings in order to maintain a lead entering the sixth inning. As a result, I have to side with the road team in this spot.

Prediction: Chicago White Sox F5
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.