Chris Sale (15-7, 3.07 ERA), attemping to pick up his 200th strikeout of the season, takes the hill for the Chicago White Sox (68-73) as they square off against Ian Kennedy (10-9, 3.76 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (73-68) in the last of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Royals won the last game 6-5, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 11 and can be seen on WGN and FSKC.
Sale pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs and striking out eight in a 5-3 defeat to the Tigers. Jose Abreu (.299, 58 Rs, 23 HRs, 90 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Kennedy went 5.1 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking two in an 11-5 win over the Twins in his most recent start. Eric Hosmer (.275, 74 Rs, 22 HRs, 90 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Royals hold a 38-21 record in matchups against AL Central Division rivals, while the White Sox currently sit at 25-36 in these games.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 32-32, while Kansas City is 29-32.
The Royals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The White Sox have a record of 22-34 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 49-16. The Royals have a 55-17 record when outhitting opponents.
Chicago and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Chicago sits at 24th with 591 runs this season and Kansas City ranks 25th with 586.
Chicago and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 22nd with an OPS of .726, and Kansas City ranks 26th with an OPS of .716.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 45-55, well-matched with the White Sox who are 41-51 when allowing at least one homer.