Danny Duffy (7-6, 4.11 ERA) and Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.75 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (82-52) and the Chicago White Sox (63-70) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The White Sox won the last game 12-1 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on WGN and FSKC.
Duffy pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Rays. Ben Zobrist (.292, 64 Rs, 11 HRs, 50 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Quintana went 4.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out eight and walking three in a 6-5 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. Jose Abreu (.293, 79 Rs, 25 HRs, 81 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the White Sox, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Kansas City is a -157 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +2,694 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 49-25. Kansas City is an impressive 6-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Royals have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the AL in home offense with 4.9 runs per game. The Royals are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 9.3 per game. Kansas City is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 88 bases. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Royals, who have a team ERA of only 3.57. The Royals are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 2.5 walks per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Chicago has a 31-43 record and an overall money line of -1,078. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record, and a 4-6 record SU. The White Sox have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 351 extra base hits. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the White Sox have the second-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.5 walks allowed per game.
The Royals have controlled the season series, 10-4. The Royals have a 26-21 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Quintana takes the mound. Duffy (LHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 14-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals hold a 34-21 record in matchups against AL Central rivals, while the White Sox currently sit at 22-33 in these games.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 32-16, while Chicago is 28-27.
The White Sox are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 12 runs. The Royals have a 0-4 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 50-12. The Royals have a 65-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Chicago has earned 517 this season. Kansas City ranks sixth with 602 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 308 this season. Chicago ranks near the bottom at 29th with 312.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 57-22. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 38-35 record.