In the first of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (73-83) and the Kansas City Royals (90-66) at U.S. Cellular Field, Jeff Samardzija (10-13, 5.04 ERA) and Johnny Cueto (10-12, 3.45 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 29 and will air on WPWR and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Samardzija pitched 9.0 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out six in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers. Jose Abreu (.290, 87 Rs, 29 HRs, 97 RBIs) continued his strong season Sunday, going 2 for 4. The Royals were also victorious the last time Cueto pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking two in a 10-4 victory over the Mariners. Lorenzo Cain (.308, 99 Rs, 16 HRs, 71 RBIs, 28 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Chicago, a +113 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Kansas City. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at seven runs. The White Sox are 39-49 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -1,290. They have not performed well against their division, earning a SU record of 29-41 and a 16-21 record when they were the underdog. Chicago has averaged 2.6 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 3.9.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Royals come into this game with a solid win percentage of .604 when playing as the favorite (55-36) and an overall money line of +1,639. Against fellow AL Central members, they are 39-31 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 24-20 record. Kansas City is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 9.3 hits per contest. The Royals have racked up 100 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. The Royals are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.82 ERA this season. They also average just 8.6 hits allowed per road game, fifth-best in the AL.
The Royals have gotten the better of the White Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 10-6. The White Sox will take on a right-hander (Cueto) in this game and have a 54-66 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Samardzija will take the mound against the Royals, who have a 62-39 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
The White Sox are 29-41 against their divisional rivals, while the Royals are 39-31 against their division.
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the 23rd time this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the White Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 30-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 12-64. The Royals have a 13-56 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Chicago sits at 24th with 134 home runs this season and Kansas City ranks 26th with 133.
Ranking ninth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.57 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with 9.28.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.691). Kansas City ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .737.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 40-50. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 36-64 record.