Chicago White Sox (22-15) at Kansas City Royals (14-23)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 8:05 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
Dane Dunning (0-0) (2.89) vs. Brady Singer (1-3) (5.19)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +130 / Chicago White Sox -150 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals meet Friday in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium.
This will be the second installment of a four-game weekend set between these teams. In the opener on Friday, the White Sox jumped out to a 6-1 lead but Kansas City was able to hang around until late in the game and loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. When the dust settled, Chicago avoided too much damage and posted an 11-6 win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The White Sox out-hit Kansas City 13-9 in the Thursday victory. Chicago scored five runs in both the second and seventh innings, and Tim Anderson led the team offensively on a 3-for-4 night with a homer, two RBI and two runs. Starting pitcher Dylan Cease got a win on 5.2 innings, four hits, three earned, two walks and one strikeout.
For the Friday starting pitcher role, the Sox will send out Dane Dunning. This is Dunning’s first year of action in the MLB. In two starts without a decision so far, Dunning has a 2.89 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 9.1 innings of work.
Over on the Royals’ side, Thursday’s starting pitcher Danny Duffy took the loss with 6.0 innings, seven hits, six earned, five walks, three strikeouts and two homers allowed. Nicky Lopez had a nice evening with two hits and three RBI with a double.
In the Friday starting role, the Royals will send out Brady Singer. This is also Singer’s first year in the MLB. He’s posted seven starts so far, going 1-3 with a 5.19 ERA and 31 Ks in 34.2 innings total.
The White Sox are 4-0 in their last four Friday games and 20-8 in their last 28 games as a road favorite. Chicago is 35-16 in their last 51 games as a favorite and the over is 6-1 in their last seven during game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 20-41 in their last 61 games as a home underdog and 17-35 in their last 52 during game two of a series. Kansas City is 8-20 in their last 28 Friday games and 28-75 in their last 103 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600.
Pick: I’m leaning White Sox here. That said, Singer should be pretty good as well. In his last start versus Chicago, Singer posted five hits and three runs with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings. As for Dunning, he’s coming off five hitless innings Sunday versus Kansas City and was pulled due to a pitch count limit. Dunning should have his proverbial leash loosened here, so it will be interesting to see what he can do in a slightly more expanded situation.