In a game that could be a shootout, Edinson Volquez (10-10, 5.02 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (72-68) are in Chicago to take on James Shields (5-17, 6.07 ERA) and the White Sox (68-72). This is the second of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 7-2, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 10 and can be seen on CSCh and FSKC.
Shields pitched 2.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out two and walking four in an 11-3 defeat to the Twins. Jose Abreu (.299, 57 Rs, 23 HRs, 89 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Volquez went 6.2 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking one in a 6-5 defeat to the Tigers in his last outing. Kendrys Morales (.258, 56 Rs, 26 HRs, 76 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
The Royals hold a 37-21 record in matchups against AL Central Division rivals, while the White Sox currently sit at 25-35 in these games.
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 two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 25-41 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 9-48. The White Sox have an 11-52 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Chicago sits at 23rd with 143 home runs this season and Kansas City ranks 27th with 127.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 340 this season. Chicago ranks near the bottom at 22nd with 399.
The White Sox are 49-44 when they hit at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 50-38 record.