Jose Quintana (9-10, 3.38 ERA) and Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.65 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (74-83) and the Kansas City Royals (90-67) at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 4-2 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 30 and can be seen on CSCh and FSKC.
Quintana pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking one in a 2-1 defeat to the Tigers. Jose Abreu (.292, 87 Rs, 29 HRs, 98 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Volquez went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 6-0 defeat to the Indians in his last outing. Kendrys Morales (.291, 78 Rs, 22 HRs, 106 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Kansas City is a narrow -108 favorite over Chicago. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -1,153 and a record as the underdog of 40-49. Chicago has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 17-21 and 30-41 as the underdog and SU respectively. The White Sox have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.9 runs per game. Chicago's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.2 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.3.
In games where it is the favorite, Kansas City has a 55-37 record and an overall money line of +1,392. They are 24-21 as the favorite against teams in their division, and 39-32 SU. The Royals are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the AL with 9.2 hits per game. The Royals are an excellent base stealing team with 100 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. Kansas City's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.80 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Royals are fifth in the AL on the road with an average of 8.5 hits allowed per away game.
The Royals lead the season series, 10-7. The White Sox have a 55-66 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Volquez takes the mound. Quintana (LHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a 28-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games.
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games on the road.
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Chi White Sox.
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox.
The White Sox hold a 30-41 record this season against teams in the AL Central Division. The Royals' record in these matchups is 39-32.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Royals have a 25-30 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 12-64. The Royals have a 13-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Tied at 22nd for total home runs, Chicago and Kansas City have each hit 135 homers this season.
Ranking ninth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.58 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with 9.24.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .737.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 40-51. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 37-64 record.