In the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (64-44) and the Chicago White Sox (51-56) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Jeremy Guthrie (7-7, 5.65 ERA) and Jeff Samardzija (8-6, 4.35 ERA) take the mound. The Royals won the last game 3-2 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and will air on CSCh and FSKC.
In his last start, Guthrie pitched 5.1 innings, giving up seven runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking one in a 12-1 loss to the Indians. Lorenzo Cain (.306, 69 Rs, 11 HRs, 47 RBIs, 19 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The White Sox were unsuccessful to the Yankees 12-3 the last time Samardzija pitched. He went 4.2 innings, allowing nine runs, striking out three and walking two. Jose Abreu (.295, 62 Rs, 19 HRs, 65 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Kansas City is a -120 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Royals perform well as a favorite with a 33-21 record and have an overall money line of +1,709. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 27-18 and a 14-10 record when they were the favorite. The Royals are a superb hitting team with 9.2 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Royals rank third in the AL in ERA with a 3.59 team average.
Moving on to the away team, the White Sox come into this game with a win percentage of .439 when playing as the underdog (25-32) and an overall money line of -535. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the underdog as of late. They managed a 4-1 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 5-5. Chicago has been playing better lately, averaging 6.0 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.7. Chicago is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 278 extra base hits. Chicago's pitching staff has allowed an average of 7.0 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.4. They also allow just 2.4 walks per road game, best in the AL.
The Royals had the upper hand against the White Sox in their previous 11 games this season, earning an 8-3 record. The Royals will take on a right-hander (Samardzija) in this game and have a 44-27 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the right-hander Guthrie. They sport a 43-43 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals sit at 28-18 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 20-29.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 27-15, while Chicago is 22-22.
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 17-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 41-9. The Royals have a 52-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Chicago sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 398 this season. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 464.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 228 this season. Chicago ranks near the bottom at 28th with 248.
The Royals are 44-17 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 31-30 when they hit at least one homer.