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MLB : ATS Matchup
Friday 8/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -170

-1.5  +150



KANSAS CITY (37 - 84) at CHI WHITE SOX (44 - 76)
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Friday, 8/17/2018 8:10 PM
Board OpeningLatest
925KANSAS CITY+120Ov 9,-110+120Ov 9,-105
926CHI WHITE SOX-130Un 9,-110-130Un 9,-115
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games37-84-31.552-623.70.2410.2950.3670.6635.40.2780.3450.4440.790
Road Games19-40-7.226-303.90.2390.2900.3710.6615.30.2800.3480.4550.803
vs Right-handed Starters23-58-27.138-383.80.2400.2940.3700.6645.70.2850.3530.4590.811
Past 7 Games2-5-2.74-33.40.2470.3200.3770.6975.40.2640.3330.4390.773
Grass Games37-81-28.550-623.70.2400.2950.3640.6595.30.2760.3430.4410.785
Night Games22-53-22.732-383.90.2480.3060.3740.6805.40.2750.3450.4440.789
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.70.2410.2951214107989183181000.367424318944588081125111637
Road Games3.90.2390.290592046488806600.3712201484902939247335117
Righty Starters3.80.2400.29481276266312011720.3702932116253552872347726
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games5.231.5274082502374365918732314-26251858.1%
Road Games5.161.55718511610620230861526-1412957.1%

CHI WHITE SOX - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games44-76-1857-574.10.2410.2940.3900.6845.40.2540.3340.4100.744
Home Games22-38-14.531-284.00.2460.2990.3920.6925.00.2410.3160.3870.703
vs Right-handed Starters35-56-9.544-424.20.2460.2990.3960.6955.50.2580.3400.4170.757
Past 7 Games3-4-0.54-24.10.2380.2690.4140.6835.10.2610.3250.3760.700
Grass Games40-74-22.555-534.10.2420.2940.3880.6835.40.2550.3350.4100.745
Night Games30-38+3.530-344.00.2420.2940.3940.6885.30.2550.3300.4110.741
CHI WHITE SOX - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.10.2410.2941204083983181321210.39047730911637575891899893
Home Games4.00.2460.2996020194979617550.3922341535873939038373837
Righty Starters4.20.2460.29991309576213824930.3963752338686557468647471
CHI WHITE SOX - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.751.499392.42262074004318842016-23281663.6%
Home Games3.781.288207.4928718523822189-1212570.6%
KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/3/2018FILLMYER(R)@ MINNESOTAODORIZZI(R)4-6L1829.5 evO10601190
8/4/2018SMITH(R)@ MINNESOTABERRIOS(R)2-8L2109 unO6701170
8/5/2018DUFFY(L)@ MINNESOTASANTANA(R)5-6L1209 ovO12901151
8/6/2018JUNIS(R)CHICAGO CUBSHAMELS(L)1-3L+1759 ovU870980
8/7/2018KELLER(R)CHICAGO CUBSMONTGOMERY(L)0-5L+1558.5 evU690970
8/10/2018SMITH(R)ST LOUISGOMBER(L)0-7L+1309.5 evU71101281
8/11/2018DUFFY(L)ST LOUISFLAHERTY(R)3-8L+1508.5 ovO5401151
8/12/2018JUNIS(R)ST LOUISROSS(R)2-8L+1309 evO5501281
8/13/2018KELLER(R)TORONTOREID-FOLEY(R)3-1W+1159 ovU750540
8/14/2018FILLMYER(R)TORONTOBORUCKI(L)5-6L+1309 unO1280660
8/15/2018LOPEZ(R)TORONTOESTRADA(R)5-6L+1309 ovO7301080
8/16/2018SPARKMAN(R)TORONTOGAVIGLIO(R)6-2W+1209.5 unU1270770
8/20/2018LOPEZ(R)@ TAMPA BAY  
8/22/2018JUNIS(R)@ TAMPA BAY  
8/23/2018 @ TAMPA BAY  
8/24/2018 CLEVELAND  

CHI WHITE SOX - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/3/2018GIOLITO(R)@ TAMPA BAYSTANEK(R)3-2W1858.5 unU541660
8/4/2018RODON(L)@ TAMPA BAYSNELL(L)2-1W1357 unU540361
8/5/2018SHIELDS(R)@ TAMPA BAYWOOD(R)8-7W1408 unO106111100
8/6/2018COVEY(R)NY YANKEESLYNN(R)0-7L+1759.5 ovU3501070
8/7/2018LOPEZ(R)NY YANKEESSABATHIA(L)3-4L+1809 unU690890
8/8/2018GIOLITO(R)NY YANKEESSEVERINO(R)3-7L+2358.5 evO961780
8/10/2018RODON(L)CLEVELANDBIEBER(R)1-0W+1359 unU561580
8/11/2018SHIELDS(R)CLEVELANDBAUER(R)1-3L+2008.5 ovU343970
8/12/2018COVEY(R)CLEVELANDCARRASCO(R)7-9L+1958.5 ovO94114100
8/13/2018LOPEZ(R)@ DETROITLEWICKI(R)5-9L-1059 ovO11801271
8/14/2018GIOLITO(R)@ DETROITHARDY(L)6-3W1209 ovP830991
8/15/2018RODON(L)@ DETROITZIMMERMANN(R)6-5W1059 unO1281841
8/23/2018 @ DETROIT  
8/24/2018 @ DETROIT  
KANSAS CITY: 2017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Ned Yost (ninth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Jesse Hahn, CF Jon Jay, 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Wily Peralta, RHP Justin Grimm.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Eric Hosmer, CF Lorenzo Cain, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Mike Minor, OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Scott Alexander, DH Brandon Moss, RHP Mike Morin, LHP Ryan Buchter, RHP Trevor Cahill.
OUTLOOK: This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Kansas City, when most of the Royals' top players hit free agency en masse. With Moustakas and Escobar finding little market, both returned to Kansas City with prove-it contracts. That gives the Royals a fighting chance to stay competitive into July, and then all bets are off. But the reality is there are still far too many holes, both in the lineup and on the pitching staff, for the Royals to be considered contenders. They would do well to match the 80 wins they had last season, and could be a big seller at the July 31 trade deadline, which would allow them to replenish a shallow farm system and begin their rebuilding job in earnest.
CHI WHITE SOX: 2017: 67-95, fourth place.
MANAGER: Rick Renteria (second season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Miguel Gonzalez, C Welington Castillo.
SUBTRACTIONS: LHP Derek Holland, RHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP Al Alburquerque, RHP Jake Petricka, C Geovany Soto, OF-2B Alen Hanson, RHP Zach Putnam.
OUTLOOK: For a team with five straight losing seasons and a record that ranked among baseball's worst last year, the White Sox are generating plenty of buzz. That's because they're loaded with promising young players after going all-in on a rebuild prior to last season. The moves have sparked a belief that better days are ahead. Moncada and hard-throwing pitchers Giolito and Lopez showed promise in the majors last season. Right-hander Michael Kopech, outfielder Eloy Jimenez and outfielder Luis Robert are elite prospects on their way in the minors. Garcia, coming off a breakout season, is looking to prove he's not a one-hit wonder. Anderson hopes to bounce back from a trying season in which a close friend was shot to death. Abreu is back after the slugger was viewed as a potential trade candidate this winter. Left-hander Carlos Rodon is expected to be out until at least June following shoulder surgery last September. It's not clear when he'll be ready. Rodon also was sidelined at the start a year ago because of shoulder and biceps problems. The big question is whether he'll ever develop into the pitcher the White Sox envisioned when they drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2014.
Royals, short on sleep, visit White Sox

Forgive Kansas City Royals players if they yawn during the series opener against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

It's not that players are uninterested. They're simply tired.

The Royals are coming off a rain-delayed 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays less than 24 hours earlier. The game ended around 12:15 a.m. CT on Friday, after which the Royals showered, dressed and headed to the airport for a flight to Chicago in the wee hours of the morning.

Kansas City (37-84) has the second-worst record in the majors behind the Baltimore Orioles (36-85). The Royals have lost 11 of 14 games and are 19-40 on the road.

Chicago (44-76) also has struggled badly this season, but the club will go for its third straight win after posting back-to-back wins over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday and Wednesday. The White Sox have won eight of 13 games against the Royals in 2018.

White Sox right-hander James Shields (4-14, 4.41 ERA) will make his 26th start of the season and the 398th of his career. The only active pitchers who boast more career starts are Bartolo Colon (550), CC Sabathia (531), Justin Verlander (411) and Zack Greinke (406).

Shields' rough record does not reflect his performance throughout most of the year. The 36-year-old has notched 15 quality starts, and has pitched at least six innings in 18 of his past 21 outings.

In his last 11 starts on the South Side, Shields is 3-5 with a 2.95 ERA (23 earned runs in 73 1/3 innings). However, poor run support has dogged him both at home and on the road.

"It's been a frustrating season," Shields said to the Chicago Sun-Times after his most recent performance in which he allowed two earned runs in seven innings against the Cleveland Indians but took another loss. "There's no doubt about it. I'm just going to go out there and keep trying to throw quality starts and go as deep as I can in the game and give us a chance to win."

Shields is 9-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 16 career starts against Kansas City, and he is 2-1 with a 4.58 ERA in three starts against the Royals this season.

He played for the Royals in 2013 and 2014, helping the franchise reach the World Series in his final season there and watching as the team lost a decisive Game 7 against the San Francisco Giants.

For Kansas City, right-hander Jakob Junis will make his 23rd start. He grew up in Sterling, Ill., about 115 miles west of Chicago, and likely will have friends and family in attendance when he takes the mound.

Junis (6-11, 4.82) has allowed two runs in 11 innings over his past two starts against the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. His three-game unbeaten streak is his best mark of the season.

The 25-year-old is 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA in two career starts against the White Sox, with both starts coming this year. In his last meeting Aug. 1, he picked up a victory despite allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three, struck out five and gave up a long ball to Yoan Moncada.

The Royals expect to be without outfielder Brian Goodwin (groin strain), right-hander Ian Kennedy (oblique strain) and left-hander Danny Duffy (shoulder impingement) as they open the series.

"I think that it's just going to be a quick deal," Duffy said recently to The Athletic. "I was told a few times that if we were well within contention that I'd still be going. I believe that, too. I feel like I can."

Last Updated: 4/24/2019 12:04:50 PM EST

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