Preview: White Sox at Royals

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5-Day Forecast
GAME: Chicago White Sox (69-82) at Kansas City Royals (82-68)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, September 17 - 8:10 PM EST
WHERE: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
LINE: 106, -115 TOTAL: 6.5


Chris Sale looks to beat Kansas City for the third time this season when the Chicago White Sox conclude their three-game series against the host Royals on Wednesday. The All-Star allowed just one run and struck out 14 in 15 innings while dominating Kansas City's batters. The division rivals split the first two games of the series, with Chicago winning 7-5 on Tuesday after Conor Gillaspie delivered the go-ahead three-run triple.

Kansas City continues to trail first-place Detroit in the American League Central by 1 1/2 games, while its lead for the second wild card over Seattle has been trimmed to one. Kansas City’s Norichika Aoki is 8-for-9 with a walk in the series, while Chicago’s Adam Eaton is 7-for-10 with four runs scored. The Royals lead the season series 9-5 and are just 2-4 on their pivotal 10-game homestand that concludes with three games against Detroit.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, WCIU (Chicago), FSN Kansas City

PITCHING MATCHUP:
White Sox LH Chris Sale (12-3, 1.99 ERA) vs. Royals RH Yordano Ventura (12-10, 3.27)

Sale struck out nine and gave up just two hits in eight scoreless innings while defeating Oakland in his last turn. He has allowed fewer than two runs in four of his last six outings as he continues his sensational season. Sale is holding opponents to a .198 average and a 0.92 WHIP.

Ventura has lost both starts against the White Sox this season, giving up eight runs and 13 hits over 10 innings. He fell to Boston in his last outing – yielding four runs (three earned) and eight hits in seven frames – after winning his previous three starts. Ventura is 5-7 with a 3.36 ERA in 16 home appearances (15 starts).

WALK-OFFS

1. White Sox RF Avasail Garcia recorded two hits in each of the first two games of the series and has posted three two-hit performances over his last four contests.

2. Kansas City RHP Wade Davis allowed Gillaspie’s triple on Tuesday to end a streak of 33 consecutive scoreless appearances.

3. Chicago 1B Jose Abreu was hitless in four at-bats as his seven-game hitting streak came to an end.

PREDICTION:
White Sox 3, Royals 0
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Chi. White Sox 69-82 W1 39-38 30-44 14-17 31-37 13-19 11-9
Kansas City 82-68 L1 40-36 42-32 17-17 32-32 18-14 15-5

Last Meeting

Chi. White Sox Kansas City
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/16/14 CHW 7 KC 5 .371 0 .905 .265 0 .646

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CHW A. Eaton .379 22 .955
KC N. Aoki .511 23 1.199
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CHW P. Konerko 2 2 5
KC M. Moustakas 3 7 7
Pitching ERA Avg K
CHW 4.55 .261 90
KC 3.46 .293 104
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CHW J. Abreu .321 167 .980
KC N. Aoki .277 125 .691
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CHW J. Abreu 35 77 103
KC A. Gordon 19 82 70
Pitching ERA Avg K
CHW 4.33 .255 1070
KC 3.52 .260 1080

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -111 101
105
7
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -113 103
-105
6.5
Sportsbook -113 103
-105
6.5
5Dimes.eu -115 105
100
6.5
GTBets.eu -115 105
-105
6.5
Top Bet -114 104
-105
6.5
BetOnline.ag -115 105
-105
6.5
BetDSI -118 108
-105
6.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont -113 103
-105
6.5
BookMaker.eu -118
108
-105
6.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-100
-115
6.5
Mirage -120 -100
-110
6.5
Station -110 -105
-115
6.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Chi. White Sox Overall Kansas City
69-82 W/L 82-68
76-75 RL W/L 81-69
75-71-5 O/U 66-76-8
4.13 Runs For 4.00
4.72 Runs Against 3.89
Chi. White Sox A/H Kansas City
30-44 W/L 40-36
40-34 RL W/L 31-45
35-35-4 O/U 35-39-2
4.08 Runs For 3.70
4.58 Runs Against 4.22