Edinson Volquez (10-6, 3.20 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (63-44) go up against John Danks (6-8, 4.80 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (51-55) in the first of a three-game division series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 7 and will air on CSCh and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Volquez pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out four and walking three in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Lorenzo Cain (.304, 68 Rs, 11 HRs, 46 RBIs, 19 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday. The White Sox were victorious the last time Danks pitched. He pitched well, going 5.2 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking four in an 8-2 victory over the Yankees. Jose Abreu (.295, 62 Rs, 19 HRs, 64 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run.
Kansas City is a -168 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Royals perform well as a favorite with a 33-21 record and have an overall money line of +1,815. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 27-17 and a 14-10 record when they were the favorite. The Royals are an exceptional 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 3.54 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. During the last 10 games, they averaged 6.0 runs per game, above their 3.7 season average. Chicago is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 274 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 have gotten the best of the White Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 7-3. The Royals will take on a left-hander (Danks) in this game and have a 19-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Volquez will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 43-43 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals are 27-18 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 20-28 against their division.
Chicago has won 50% (22-22) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won 64% (27-15) of its games when taking a late lead.
The White Sox are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Royals have a record of 0-5 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 41-8. The Royals have a 52-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Chicago has earned 396 this season. Kansas City ranks 10th with 461 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 224 this season. Chicago ranks near the bottom at 29th with 245.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 44-17. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 31-29 record.