This game could be low scoring as Jose Quintana (5-2, 1.54 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (25-16) go up against Dillon Gee (0-1, 3.12 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (20-20) in the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and will air on CSCh and FSKC.
In his most recent outing, Quintana pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees. Todd Frazier (.232, 25 Rs, 12 HRs, 32 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. The Royals were unsuccessful against the Braves 5-0 the last time Gee pitched. He went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking three.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a White Sox -165 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS
The White Sox and the Royals hold winning records against the AL Central Division this season. The White Sox sit at 7-1 and the Royals have a 6-3 record.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 2-2 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 3-12. The Royals have a 4-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Tied at 24th for total home runs, Chicago and Kansas City have each hit 37 homers this season.
Chicago and Kansas City both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Chicago sits at 13th with 8.59 hits per game and Kansas City ranks 15th with 8.50.
Ranking 23rd, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.696). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .725.
The Royals are 11-14 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The White Sox are 11-11 when they allow at least one homer.