In the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (65-44) and the Chicago White Sox (51-57) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Danny Duffy (5-5, 4.04 ERA) and Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.50 ERA) get the ball. The Royals won the last game 7-6 and Kansas City leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 9 and will air on WGN and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Duffy pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out two and walking four in a 5-1 victory over the Tigers. Lorenzo Cain (.307, 70 Rs, 11 HRs, 48 RBIs, 20 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base. The White Sox were unsuccessful the last time Quintana pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-4 loss to the Rays. Jose Abreu (.296, 64 Rs, 21 HRs, 67 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the White Sox, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs.
Kansas City is a -142 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Royals perform well as a favorite with a 34-21 record and have an overall money line of +1,809. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 28-18 and a 15-10 record when they were the favorite. The Royals rank second in the AL in hits with 9.2 per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Royals rank third in the AL in ERA with a 3.57 team average.
On the other side, the White Sox have a record of 25-33 when they are the underdog and are -635 overall with the money line. Against divisional opponents, they are 20-29 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 9-15 record. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.2 runs per game, above their 3.7 season average. Chicago is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 282 extra base hits. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Chicago pitchers. They allowed 6.5 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.4. They also allow just 2.4 walks per road game, second-best in the AL.
The Royals had the upper hand against the White Sox in their previous 12 games this season, earning a 9-3 record. The Royals will take on a left-hander (Quintana) in this game and have a 20-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the left-hander Duffy. They sport an 8-12 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals sit at 29-18 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 20-30.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 27-15, while Chicago is 22-22.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 41-32 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 8-43. The Royals have a 9-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Kansas City ranks 27th with 85 homers and Chicago is 22nd with 91.
Ranking ninth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.52 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 9.15.
Ranking 25th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.686). Kansas City ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .726.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 25-41. When the Royals allow one or more homers, they have a 29-32 record.