Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.73 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (25-18) meet Yordano Ventura (4-2, 4.85 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (22-20) in the last of a three-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Royals won the last game 2-1, and Kansas City leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 22 and will air on WGN and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Rodon pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking one in a 6-5 loss to the Astros. Adam Eaton (.305, 19 Rs, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Royals were victorious over the Red Sox 8-4 the last time Ventura pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out five and walking one.
The White Sox are a -118 favorite with a total of 8.5.
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The White Sox and the Royals hold winning records against the AL Central Division this season. The White Sox sit at 7-3 and the Royals have an 8-3 record.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 12-9, while Kansas City is 9-9.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Royals need to step it up. The White Sox have a record of 21-6 when opponents get eight hits or less.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 3-14. The Royals have a 4-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago and Kansas City both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. Chicago sits at 27th with 37 home runs this season and Kansas City ranks 26th with 38.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 93 this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 with 145.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 16-11. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 17-11 record.