In the last of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (31-31) and the Kansas City Royals (31-30) at U.S. Cellular Field, Carlos Rodon (2-5, 4.41 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (4-4, 5.32 ERA) get the ball. The Royals won the last game 4-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 12 and will air on CSCh and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Rodon pitched 6.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out five and walking three in a 10-3 loss to the Tigers. Todd Frazier (.215, 37 Rs, 19 HRs, 42 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. The Royals were also unsuccessful the last time Ventura pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.1 innings, allowing six runs and striking out three in a 9-1 loss to the Orioles. Lorenzo Cain (.289, 30 Rs, 8 HRs, 34 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The White Sox are a -135 favorite with a total of 8.5.
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The White Sox are 10-13 against their divisional rivals, while the Royals are 14-10 against their division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the White Sox are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Royals have a 9-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 4-26. The Royals have a 4-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Chicago sits at 24th with 56 home runs this season and Kansas City ranks 26th with 53.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 139 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 13th with 197.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 21-17. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 23-14 record.