Edinson Volquez (13-7, 3.04 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (2-0) go up against John Danks (11-11, 4.74 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (0-2) in the last of a three-game division series at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 7-5 and Kansas City leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 9 and will air on CSN-CHI and FSN-KC.
Volquez gets the start after pitching 192.2 innings last season, finishing 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 140 strikeouts. Lorenzo Cain (.500 ) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Royals, Danks is 7-0 with a 2.43 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 70 strikeouts. Jose Abreu (.286 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Kansas City, a -134 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Royals have the most prolific offense in the entire AL, averaging 10.0 runs per game. The Royals are a stellar hitting team with an MLB-best .380 team batting average. The Royals are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high four steals. Turning to the pitching staff, the Royals rank fourth in the AL in ERA with a 1.00 team average.
The White Sox average just 3.0 strikeouts per game, good for least in the AL.
The previous two games have all gone Kansas City's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
The Royals are a perfect 2-0 against the division, while the winless White Sox are at 0-2.
The White Sox are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Royals have a record of 2-0 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
Chicago ranks in the top 10 of the league at seventh when it comes to home runs, hitting two this season. Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with four.
Kansas City ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 13.00 per game this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 5.00.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Kansas City has an OPS of 1.069 this season. Chicago ranks 11th with an OPS of .676.
The White Sox are 0-2 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 2-0 when they allow at least one homer.