Carlos Rodon (6-8, 3.90 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (10-9, 4.22 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (67-72) and the Kansas City Royals (72-67) at U.S. Cellular Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 9 and can be seen on CSCh and FSKC.
Rodon pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking one in an 11-4 win over the Twins. Jose Abreu (.298, 57 Rs, 23 HRs, 88 RBIs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Ventura went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking six in a 5-2 win over the Tigers in his most recent start. Kendrys Morales (.258, 56 Rs, 26 HRs, 74 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Royals sit at 37-20 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 24-35.
Kansas City has won 47% (28-32) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 51% (32-31) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The White Sox have a 17-29 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 48-15. The Royals have a 55-17 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Chicago ranks 23rd with 579 runs and Kansas City is 24th with 578.
Chicago and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 23rd with an OPS of .724, and Kansas City ranks 26th with an OPS of .718.
The Royals are 45-55 when they allow at least one home run. The White Sox perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 41-50 record.