In the first of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (30-30) and the Kansas City Royals (30-29) at U.S. Cellular Field, Chris Sale (9-2, 2.54 ERA) and Ian Kennedy (4-4, 3.44 ERA) get the ball. The Royals enter this series on a seven-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 10 and will air on CSN+ and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Sale pitched 6.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking two in a 7-4 loss to the Tigers. Adam Eaton (.270, 24 Rs, 3 HRs, 19 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Royals were also unsuccessful the last time Kennedy pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out six and walking one in a 7-1 loss to the Indians. Eric Hosmer (.321, 30 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday.
The White Sox are a -175 favorite for this AL Central showdown with a total of 7.5.
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The White Sox are 9-12 against their divisional rivals, while the Royals are 13-9 against their division.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 3-2 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 4-25. The Royals have a 4-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Chicago ranks 25th with 52 homers and Kansas City is 29th with 47.
Ranking 29th, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 137 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 12th with 193.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 20-17. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 22-13 record.