John Danks (0-2, 6.06 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (6-9) meet Edinson Volquez (2-1, 1.99 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (12-4) in the second of a three-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Royals and White Sox have to complete the previous game, which was suspended with a 2-2 tie. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 25 and will air on FSN-KC and CSN-CHI.
Danks is 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA against the Royals in his career, but is up against a strong Kansas City offense that's hitting .301 on the year. Jose Abreu (.305, 7 Rs, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs) played well again Thursday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. In his career against the White Sox, Volquez is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and eight strikeouts. Lorenzo Cain (.375, 13 Rs, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 Thursday with one run.
Chicago is a small +105 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The White Sox perform poorly as an underdog with a 3-7 record and have an overall money line of -333. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 6-9 and a 3-7 record when they were the underdog.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Royals come into this game with a solid win percentage of .600 when playing as the favorite (6-4) and an overall money line of +785. Against divisional foes, they are 7-3 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 6-3 record. Kansas City is the top hitting team in the league, converting .301 of their at-bats for hits. Kansas City is a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in the MLB with 15 stolen bases. The Royals are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.18 ERA on the road this season. They have a WHIP of 1.05, second best in the MLB. The Kansas City pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 7.3 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the Royals are 4-0 against the White Sox. The White Sox will take on a right-hander (Volquez) in this game and have a 6-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Danks will take the mound against the Royals. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 7-1 record.
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.
When leading after 7 innings, Kansas City is 5-0, while Chicago is 1-3.
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.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Chicago has hit 12 this season. Kansas City ranks 20th with 13 home runs.
Kansas City tops the league in hits with 10.56 per game this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.33.
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.