In the last of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (54-59) and the Chicago White Sox (54-59) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Danny Duffy (8-1, 2.97 ERA) and Miguel Gonzalez (2-6, 4.09 ERA) take the mound. The Royals won the last game 3-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 11 and will air on WPWR and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Duffy pitched 6.2 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Kendrys Morales (.244, 40 Rs, 18 HRs, 54 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. The White Sox were unsuccessful the last time Gonzalez pitched. He tossed 6.0 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned) and striking out one in a 7-5 loss to the Orioles. Todd Frazier (.212, 63 Rs, 31 HRs, 72 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 6 yesterday with one run.
Kansas City, a -170 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Royals are in an interesting position this season. While they have a notable winning record in games where they're the favorite (26-12), their overall money line (-302) is less impressive. They have impressive records of 13-2 as the favorite and 23-16 SU within their division. Kansas City has averaged 4.8 runs per game during divisional play, higher than its season average of 3.9.
Moving on to the away team, the White Sox come into this game with a win percentage of .407 when playing as the underdog (24-35) and an overall money line of -516. Against teams in their division, they are 19-25 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 4-13 record.
The Royals have gotten the best of the White Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 8-3. The Royals will take on a right-hander (Gonzalez) in this game and have a 42-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the left-hander Duffy. They sport an 11-10 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
The Royals are 24-16 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 19-26 against their division.
Kansas City has won 43% (21-28) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 51% (26-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
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 16-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 43-16. The White Sox have a 39-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Kansas City ranks 27th with 434 runs and Chicago is 26th with 451.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 257 this season. Chicago ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 324.
When the Royals hit at least one home run, they are 37-32, well-matched with the White Sox who are 40-34 when hitting one or more homers.