White Sox open as big favorites in their home opener against the Royals
Thu, Apr 8th 9:29am EDT
At -180 odds, the White Sox are the second-biggest favorites on the board on Thursday. If Kansas City Royals starter Brad Keller pitches anything like he did on Opening Day, the Chicago White Sox are in for an offensive explosion. Keller was rocked on Opening Day, allowing six runs on nine hits in 1 ⅓ innings against Texas. The 1 ⅓ innings pitched was the shortest Opening Day start in franchise history. Chicago’s Lance Lynn fared much better on Opening Day, allowing no earned runs in 4 ⅔ innings. However, Lynn labored through those 14 outs, striking out six but throwing 99 pitches. Kansas City hitters are a combined 24-for-87 (.276) against Lynn but are slugging .494 as half of the 24 hits have gone for extra bases. Lynn has a career 4.50 ERA in five starts at US Cellular (all as a visitor), his fourth-highest ERA at any American League ballpark. He has done an excellent job of keeping the ball in the yard, as he did not allow a home run there in 30 innings.
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