Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox
First pitch: 2:10 p.m. ET
Probable pitchers: Brady Singer (1-3, 5.16 ERA) vs. Dylan Cease (4-2, 3.13 ERA)
Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Predictions
What in the world? The oddsmakers have come up with a rather curious call on this Royals-White Sox over/under, deciding to label it the same as last night’s matchup.
As much as I’ve always liked Danny Duffy and Reynaldo Lopez — both starters from the previous game — they’re collectively not currently in a position to be generating the same total as the two up-and-coming youngsters slated to go at it in today’s tilt.
First of all, since an inauspicious season debut, Cease has been sensational, pitching the White Sox into the sixth inning or deeper in all five of his outings. He’s not just eating up a majority of the game, too: Cease is pitching very effectively right now, hence why he hasn’t yielded more than two runs in a start during this stretch.
One of those assignments came against these Royals and the result was a dandy quality start for the second-year right-hander. The scary thing is that Cease figures to only get better in the immediate future, as he’s not racking up as many strikeouts as he was last year or in the minor leagues. However, that will come in time with Cease’s notable jump in velocity.
Then there’s Brady Singer, who maybe appears to be going in the opposite direction of his counterpart following a promising beginning to his Major League journey. Singer went at least five frames in each of his first five career starts, allowing three runs or fewer in all but one of them.
In his last turn in the rotation, Singer failed to reach that five-inning plateau and also gave up four runs — but in his defense, it was the rookie’s third straight assignment dealing with the hard-hitting Minnesota Twins. So, I think we can forgive him there.
Simply put, I’ve been impressed with the former first-round draft pick and believe he can get back on an upswing. Chicago’s lineup poses a similar threat compared to the Minnesota one he’s faced his last three times out but they also tend to strike out more. Singer is punching out nearly a batter per inning and that could be a huge difference maker in him holding his own. Bet: UNDER 9 (-120)
MLB Leans - August 29
CLE/STL Under 7.5
CHC/CIN Under 5.5 (Game 1)
OAK/HOU Under 6.5 (Game 2)
SEA/LAA Under 8.5
2020 MLB Over/Under Betting Record*: 9-22-4, -15.96 units
Yesterday’s Result: Indians-Cardinals Under 9 (loss)
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit