John Danks (1-3, 6.20 ERA) and Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.27 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (11-16) and the Cincinnati Reds (15-15) at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 8-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 10 and can be seen on FSN-OH and CSN-CHI.
Danks pitched 2.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs (four unearned) and striking out three in a 13-3 defeat to the Twins. Avisail Garcia (.323, 16 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Lorenzen went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking three in a 7-1 win over the Pirates in his most recent start. Joey Votto (.327, 15 Rs, 7 HRs, 20 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Reds, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
Chicago is a -116 favorite against Cincinnati and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -607 and a record as the favorite of 6-5. In interleague play, they have a 6-5 record when they were the favorite and 10-15 SU.
In games where it is the underdog, Cincinnati has a 7-9 record and an overall money line of +51. Cincinnati is 7-9 as the underdog and 14-14 SU against interleague opponents. The Reds can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking third in the league with 39 home runs. The Reds are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 37 stolen bases. Cincinnati's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL at pitching on the road, with a 3.84 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Reds are the best in the NL with an average of 7.6 hits allowed per game.
The White Sox have an 8-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lorenzen takes the mound. Danks (LHP) will be on the hill against the Reds, who have a 3-3 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Under
When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 3-3, while Cincinnati is 5-6.
The White Sox managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Reds who are coming in with a 3-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 2-15. The Reds have a 4-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 19 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top five at third with 39.
Ranking 12th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.89 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.12.
Ranking 24th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.663). Cincinnati ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .707.
The Reds are 10-13 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The White Sox are 5-12 when they allow at least one homer.