Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.13 ERA) takes the hill for the Kansas City Royals (24-22) as they square off against Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.57 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (27-21) in the first of a three-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 27 and can be seen on CSCh and FSKC.
Duffy pitched 4.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs and striking out three in a 2-1 win over the White Sox. Eric Hosmer (.297, 24 Rs, 8 HRs, 23 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run and two RBIs. Gonzalez went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out eight in a 2-1 defeat to the Royals in his last outing.
The odds for Kansas City and Chicago are Royals -150, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Royals lead the season series, 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS
The Royals hold a 10-5 record in matchups against AL Central rivals, while the White Sox currently sit at 9-6 in these games.
For the fourth time this season, the Royals registered at least two errors in a game.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 9-10 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 4-16. The Royals have a 4-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Kansas City ranks 27th with 39 homers and Chicago is 24th with 42.
Ranking 16th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.40 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.89.
Ranking 21st, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.708). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .712.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 12-14, well-matched with the Royals who are 12-16 when allowing at least one homer.