In the second of a four-game series between the Kansas City Royals (74-73) and the Chicago White Sox (72-75) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Jason Vargas (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Miguel Gonzalez (4-6, 3.82 ERA) get the start. The Royals lost the last game 7-4, extending a five-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 17 and will air on CSCh and FSKC.
This is the first time Vargas will take the hill this season. He pitched 43.0 innings last season, finishing 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 27 strikeoutsKendrys Morales (.259, 58 Rs, 27 HRs, 80 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The White Sox were victorious the last time Gonzalez pitched. He tossed 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking two in an 11-4 victory over the Indians. Jose Abreu (.300, 62 Rs, 24 HRs, 95 RBIs) has been doing well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The Royals hold a 39-22 record in matchups against AL Central rivals, while the White Sox currently sit at 29-38 in these games.
The Royals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are coming in with a 34-17 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the White Sox have a slight leg up on the Royals, as the White Sox have won their last two games while the Royals have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 56-18. The White Sox have a 53-16 record when outhitting opponents.
Kansas City and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Kansas City sits at 26th with 604 runs this season and Chicago ranks 22nd with 620.
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 .712, and Chicago ranks 22nd with an OPS of .727.
The White Sox are 43-53 when they allow at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 45-59 record.