Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.13 ERA) takes the mound for the Kansas City Royals (24-22) as they go up against Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.57 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (27-21) in the first of a four-game series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 26 and will air on CSCh and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Duffy pitched 4.1 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out three in a 2-1 victory over the White Sox. Eric Hosmer (.297, 24 Rs, 8 HRs, 23 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs. The White Sox were unsuccessful against the Royals 2-1 the last time Gonzalez pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up two runs and striking out eight.
The odds are Royals -165 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
The Royals are 2-1 against the White Sox this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS
The Royals sit at 10-5 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 9-6.
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 22nd 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 19th 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.