Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.03 ERA) and Jose Quintana (9-8, 2.93 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (53-59) and the Chicago White Sox (54-58) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The White Sox won the last game 7-5, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and can be seen on CSCh and FSKC.
Kennedy pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out nine and walking four in a 3-2 defeat to the Rays. Eric Hosmer (.281, 54 Rs, 15 HRs, 63 RBIs, 5 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Quintana went 7.1 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking one in a 6-3 win over the Tigers in his last outing. Todd Frazier (.213, 62 Rs, 31 HRs, 72 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Kansas City and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. Within its division, Kansas City has a record of 23-16 SU. The Royals have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.8 runs per game. They average 3.9 runs per game on the season. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Royals are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.5 hits per game so far this season.
The White Sox are 19-25 against teams in their division. The White Sox allow just 4.4 runs per game, ranking them fifth in the AL.
The Royals have controlled the season series, 7-3. The Royals have an 11-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Quintana takes the mound. Kennedy (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 43-48 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
The Royals are 23-16 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 19-25 against their division.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The White Sox have a 13-25 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 4-40. 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 113.
Ranking 11th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.46 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.94.
Kansas City and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Kansas City sits at 25th with an OPS of .709, and Chicago ranks 23rd with an OPS of .715.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 31-42, well-matched with the Royals who are 33-48 when allowing at least one homer.