Chris Sale (15-8, 3.03 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, gets the start for the Chicago White Sox (71-75) as they go up against Ian Kennedy (11-9, 3.62 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (74-72) in the first of a four-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 16 and will air on CSCh and FSKC.
In his last start, Kennedy pitched 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking four in a 2-0 victory over the White Sox. Kendrys Morales (.260, 58 Rs, 27 HRs, 79 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The White Sox were unsuccessful the last time Sale pitched. He pitched well, going 8.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out 12 and walking one in a 2-0 loss to the Royals. Jose Abreu (.299, 61 Rs, 24 HRs, 95 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Royals hold a 39-21 record in matchups against AL Central rivals, while the White Sox currently sit at 28-38 in these games.
Kansas City has won 48% (29-32) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 51% (33-32) of its games when taking a late lead.
The White Sox managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Royals who are heading in with a 16-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 56-18. The White Sox have a 52-16 record when outhitting opponents.
Kansas City and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Kansas City sits at 26th with 600 runs this season and Chicago ranks 23rd with 613.
Kansas City and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Kansas City sits at 26th with an OPS of .713, and Chicago ranks 22nd with an OPS of .726.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 43-53, well-matched with the Royals who are 45-58 when allowing at least one homer.