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Chris Sale (L) vs Kansas City Royals

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Sale is coming into tonight's game on the heels of his best start this season, a seven-inning scoreless outing against the Yankees with 11 strikeouts, and has a cupcake matchup against the Royals. Sale posted a stellar 3-2 record and 1.76 ERA in six June starts and will look to continue that dominance tonight against an offense that ranks 27th in the Majors against left-handed pitching. He comes in as the biggest favorite on the board, a massive -295 favorite, and the Royals have the lowest projected total at just 2.9 runs. He has posted a ridiculous 36.1% strikeout rate overall this season, has elite contact management numbers, a massive 15.9% swinging strike rate, and has held opponents on both sides of the plate to a sub-.250 wOBA overall this season. The biggest downside to his matchup tonight is that the Royals are only striking 21.9% of the time against LHP this season, which could limit his upside a bit, but he is still easily the safest option on the board tonight. It should be smooth sailing for Sale.

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