Jose Quintana (1-1, 8.40 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (6-9) meet Danny Duffy (1-0, 5.51 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (12-4) in the second of a four-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Royals won the last game 3-2 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 24 and will air on WGN and FSN-KC.
Quintana has a 4.66 ERA and a 0-6 record in his career against the Royals, and is up against a strong Kansas City offense that's hitting .301 on the year. Jose Abreu (.305, 7 Rs, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the White Sox, Duffy is 2-1 with a 4.57 ERA, 21 strikeouts and five walks. Lorenzo Cain (.375, 13 Rs, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Chicago is favored by a slight -112 margin in its matchup against Kansas City. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The White Sox perform well as a favorite with a 3-1 record, but haven't fared as well with the overall money line (-184). They have SU record of 6-4 and are unbeaten as the favorite (3-0) over their last 10 games.
On the other side, the Royals have an impressive record of 5-0 when they are the underdog and are +646 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 6-4 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 3-0 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. Kansas City's pitching staff and defense as a whole has been firing on all cylinders so far, averaging an AL-best 3.3 runs allowed per game. They have a WHIP of 1.05 on the year, good for tops in the league.
The previous four games have all gone Kansas City's way. Taking the hill against the Royals will be the left-hander Quintana. They sport a 6-1 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals sit at 7-3 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 6-9.
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.
Chicago and Kansas City both rank in the bottom half of the league in home runs. Chicago sits at 20th with 12 home runs this season and Kansas City ranks 18th with 13.
Kansas City tops the league in hits with 10.40 per game this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.43.
Ranking 17th, 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.
The Royals are 7-3 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The White Sox are 2-7 when they allow at least one homer.