Kansas City and Chicago will wrap up its three-game set on Sunday afternoon. The Royals lost Thursday’s opener in a 6-0 final before the teams took a day off on Friday. They played the second game on Saturday afternoon, but this story was published prior to that contest.
Royals bats go silent after first two gamesKansas City opened the season with a pair of high-scoring wins over Texas. The Royals scored 25 combined runs in their first two games before losing the series finale. They split a mid-week series with Cleveland on the road. Chicago controlled Thursday’s series opener, picking up a 6-0 win. Lance Lynn only allowed five hits for the first complete game thrown by a pitcher in the MLB this season. The Royals were never able to get anything going in the loss. No player had multiple hits. They rank No. 12 in team batting average (.251), but most of that is due to their hot start against Texas.
Center field Michael Taylor and right fielder Whit Merrifield are tied for the team-lead in hits with nine. Merrifield has hit three homers this season. They are going to face a Chicago pitching staff that is No. 15 in the MLB with a team ERA of 3.95. Right-handed pitcher Brady Singer will make the start for Kansas City on Sunday. He made his season debut last Sunday, getting off to a hot start before falling apart. Singer allowed six runs in the third and fourth innings. He finished with five strikeouts and three walks across 3.1 frames.
White Sox looking for another winChicago got off to a rough start in 2021, losing three of its four games at Los Angeles. The White Sox bounced back with a pair of comfortable wins at Seattle, but they were unable to complete the sweep. Seattle notched an 8-4 win at home on Wednesday. Chicago opened this series with the solid 6-0 win on Thursday. The White Sox scored three runs in the first inning, including homers from Yoan Moncada and Yermin Mercedes. They added a run in the second inning and then picked up two more in the sixth to create even more separation.
A homecoming for the ages. pic.twitter.com/yjeO4SUnVx— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 10, 2021
The White Sox are eighth in team batting average at .255. Mercedes is off to an excellent season, picking up 15 hits in his first 27 at-bats. He has hit two homers and has driven in seven runs. Center fielder Luis Robert has added eight hits. Star left fielder Eloy Jimenez is out for five to six months with a pectoral injury and shortstop Tim Anderson is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury. Left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon will start for Chicago on Sunday afternoon. Rodon picked up his first win since 2019 in his opening start of the season. He struck out nine batters across five innings, walking three and only allowing two hits.
Stats & Trends
The under is:
- 5-0 in Kansas City's last five road games
- 3-0-1 in Singer's last four Sunday starts
- 13-3 in Kansas City's last 16 games vs. a left-handed starter
I think there is some value on the under in Chicago’s games right now. The White Sox are without a pair of key bats in their lineup with Anderson and Jimenez sidelined with injuries. Rodon was fantastic in his first start of the season, throwing five scoreless innings. Singer had a nice start before running into some trouble, but I think there were some positive signs from that outing. The Royals have not been good on offense since the first two games of the season. They have gone under at a 13-3 clip in their last 16 games against a left-handed starter.