Edinson Volquez (8-10, 4.99 ERA) and Chris Sale (14-5, 3.12 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (53-58) and the Chicago White Sox (53-58) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and can be seen on CSCh and FSKC.
Volquez pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering eight runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking three in a 12-0 defeat to the Rays. Eric Hosmer (.279, 54 Rs, 15 HRs, 61 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday. Sale went 8.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out 10 and walking one in a 2-1 defeat to the Tigers in his last outing.
The Royals sit at 23-15 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 18-25.
The Royals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are coming in with a 27-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 4-39. The White Sox have an 8-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Kansas City sits at 27th with 95 home runs this season and Chicago ranks 22nd with 112.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 252 this season. Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 319.
The Royals are 37-32 when they hit at least one home run. The White Sox perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 39-33 record.