Kris Medlen (3-0, 3.51 ERA) and John Danks (6-12, 4.82 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (82-51) and the Chicago White Sox (62-70) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 4 and can be seen on CSCh and FSKC.
Medlen pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking two in a 6-3 win over the Rays. Lorenzo Cain (.315, 86 Rs, 14 HRs, 64 RBIs, 26 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs. Danks went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out five in a 2-0 defeat to the Mariners in his most recent start. Jose Abreu (.292, 77 Rs, 24 HRs, 80 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the White Sox, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run.
This one isn't expected to be close when Kansas City, a big -182 favorite, takes on Chicago. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 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 an impressive 9.3 per game. Kansas City is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 88 bases. Turning to 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 third in the league with 346 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, 10-3. The Royals have a 26-21 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Danks takes the mound. Medlen (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 48-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games at home.
Kansas City is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas City's last 8 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 32-16, while Chicago is 28-27.
The White Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are heading in with a 26-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 49-12. The Royals have a 65-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Chicago has earned 505 this season. Kansas City ranks sixth with 601 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 307 this season. Chicago ranks near the bottom at 29th with 311.
The Royals are 57-22 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 37-35 when they hit at least one homer.