Yordano Ventura (4-3, 4.81 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (25-22) meet Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.47 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (27-22) in the second of a three-game division series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 7-5, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 28 and will air on WGN and FSKC.
In his last start, Ventura pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out three and walking four in a 3-2 loss to the White Sox. Eric Hosmer (.307, 25 Rs, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and four RBIs. The White Sox were victorious over the Royals 3-2 the last time Rodon pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking two. Todd Frazier (.235, 31 Rs, 15 HRs, 35 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Athletics -115 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 at the moment.
In their previous four games this season, the Royals have a 3-1 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS
The Royals hold an 11-5 record in matchups against AL Central rivals, while the White Sox currently sit at 9-7 in these games.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The White Sox have a 6-8 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 4-17. The Royals have a 4-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Kansas City and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Kansas City sits at 26th with 40 home runs this season and Chicago ranks 24th with 44.
Ranking 16th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.39 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.98.
Kansas City and Chicago both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Kansas City sits at 19th with an OPS of .712, and Chicago ranks 20th with an OPS of .711.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 12-15, well-matched with the Royals who are 13-16 when allowing at least one homer.