Jose Quintana (1-1, 8.40 ERA) and Danny Duffy (1-0, 5.51 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (6-9) and the Kansas City Royals (12-4) at U.S. Cellular Field. The Royals won the last game 3-2 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 26 and can be seen on FSN-KC and CSN-CHI.
Quintana is 0-6 with a 4.66 ERA in his appearances against the Royals, and goes up against a good Kansas City offense which is batting .301 this season. Jose Abreu (.305, 7 Rs, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs) had another good game Thursday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Against the White Sox, Duffy is 2-1 with a 4.57 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts. Lorenzo Cain (.375, 13 Rs, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 Thursday with one run.
Kansas City takes on Chicago as a -125 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The White Sox have recorded an overall money line of -333 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 3-7. Chicago has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 3-7 and 6-9 as the underdog and SU respectively.
In the other locker room, Kansas City is coming in with an overall money line of +785 and an impressive record of 6-4 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 6-3 record against AL Central foes, and a 7-3 record SU. The Royals capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, leading the league with a .301 team batting average. The Royals are an excellent base stealing team with 15 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. Kansas City's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.18 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Royals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.05 for the season. The Royals have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 7.3 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Royals have the edge in the season series, 4-0. Quintana (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a 5-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals hold a 7-3 record in matchups against AL Central Division rivals, while the White Sox currently sit at 6-9 in these games.
Chicago has won 25% (1-3) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Kansas City has won all of its games (5-0) when taking a late lead.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 7-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When outhit, both the White Sox and the Royals have records of 0-8.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 12 this season. Kansas City ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 13.
Ranking first in hits, Kansas City has earned 10.56 per game this season. Chicago ranks seventh with 8.33 hits.
Ranking 16th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.672). Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .811.
When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 7-3. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 2-7 record.