Edinson Volquez (5-4, 3.67 ERA) and Chris Sale (9-1, 2.26 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Kansas City Royals (26-22) and the Chicago White Sox (27-23) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The White Sox lost the last game 8-7, continuing a five-game losing streak. Kansas City can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 29 and can be seen on CSCh and FSKC.
Volquez pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking three in a 7-4 win over the Twins. Eric Hosmer (.310, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, two RBIs, and one stolen base. Sale went 3.1 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out seven and walking four in a 6-2 defeat to the Indians in his last outing. Avisail Garcia (.259, 21 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Kansas City and Chicago are White Sox -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Royals lead the season series, 4-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS
The Royals sit at 12-5 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 9-8.
For the fifth time this season, the Royals registered at least two errors in a game.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 1-2 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
It looks like the Royals have a slight leg up on the White Sox, as the Royals have won their last two games while the White Sox have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 20-8. The White Sox have a 21-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Kansas City has earned 189 this season. Chicago ranks 15th with 208 runs.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 108 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 11th with 161.
The Royals are 19-11 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 18-15 when they hit at least one homer.