John Danks (7-14, 4.53 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (74-84) meet Kris Medlen (5-2, 4.30 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (91-67) in the last of a three-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Royals won the last game 5-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 1 and will air on CSCh and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Danks pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees. Jose Abreu (.291, 88 Rs, 30 HRs, 99 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Royals were unsuccessful to the Indians 9-5 the last time Medlen pitched. He went 3.2 innings, allowing six runs, striking out four and walking one. Kendrys Morales (.291, 79 Rs, 22 HRs, 106 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Chicago is a +115 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The White Sox are 40-49 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -1,270. They have disappointing records of 17-21 as the underdog and 30-42 SU within their division. The White Sox will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Chicago has only averaged 2.6 runs per game compared to the 3.9 they've averaged on the season. The most recent 10 game stretch for Chicago's pitching staff has gone great. Over that span, Chicago's opponents are averaging 3.1 runs per game, below their season average of 4.3.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Royals come into this game with a win percentage of .598 when playing as the favorite (55-37) and an overall money line of +1,499. Against teams in their division, they are 40-32 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 24-21 record. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Royals, who average 9.2 hits per game. The Royals have racked up 100 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Switching gears to Kansas City's pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest ERA in the AL at 3.79. They also average just 8.6 hits allowed per road game, fifth-best in the AL.
The Royals have mostly come out on top against the White Sox in their previous 18 games this season, earning an 11-7 record. This game will feature Medlen (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 55-67 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Danks will take the mound against the Royals, who have a 29-26 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games.
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games on the road.
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road.
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox.
Kansas City is 15-8 SU in their last 23 games when playing Chi White Sox.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing Chi White Sox.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox.
Kansas City is 18-7 SU in their last 25 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox.
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the 24th time this season.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 52-47 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 12-64. The Royals have a 14-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Chicago sits at 26th with 136 home runs this season and Kansas City ranks 22nd with 138.
Ranking ninth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.61 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with 9.23.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). Kansas City ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .736.
The Royals are 41-51 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The White Sox are 37-65 when they allow at least one homer.