Battle of the Soxes: Red Hosts White in Monday MLB

Chicago White Sox (+1.24) at Boston Red Sox (-1.34, 9 O/U )

Left-hander John Danks, 5-8 with a 4.49 earned run average in 2015, will be the starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in their road matchup with the Boston Red Sox. Danks’s command continues to improve after he threw his third scoreless outing in July his last time out. He’s found success pitching to contact, striking out just 18 batters in his last four starts. The White Sox have gone over the total in 35% of his starts.

Right-hander Joe Kelly will take the mound for the home team. Kelly allowed three homers in his last start in Houston, surrendering four runs in 5 1/3 frames as his ERA climbed to 5.74. The righty is giving up a career-high 1.2 home runs per nine innings. The Red Sox are 5-10 in games started by him. The game time temperature will be 78°. The humidity will be around 72%. There is a 54% chance of precipitation.

Kelly: 27 years old right-hander, 6’1” 175 pounds.
Throws: fastball (95.7 mph, 71%), slider (10%), cutter (10%) splitter (9%)

Chicago White Sox Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 3.38 (27)
Home Runs: 12 (23)
Batting average: 0.243 (19)
On-base percentage: 0.296 (23)
Slugging percentage: 0.372 (16)
Stolen bases: 4 (29)
Last seven games: 21 (.650 OPS)
Last 14 games: 17 (.692 OPS)
Last 28 games: 17 (.667 OPS)
Versus Righties: 12 (.708 OPS)
Versus lefties: 28 (.552 OPS)
Home: 17 (.676 OPS)
Away: 20 (.658 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 13 (.765 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 21 (.530 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 29 (.617 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 21 (.634 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 24 (.616 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 12 (.701 OPS)
First five innings: 11 (.751 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 18 (.637 OPS)

Danks: 30 years old left-hander, 6’1” 210 pounds.
Throws: fastball (89 mph, 47%), curve (13%) cutter (10%) splitter (30%)

Boston Red Sox Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 4.94 (4)
Home Runs: 18 (9)
Batting average: 0.234 (21)
On-base percentage: 0.326 (8)
Slugging percentage: 0.355 (23)
Stolen bases: 12 (8)
Last seven games: 22 (.640 OPS)
Last 14 games: 19 (.680 OPS)
Last 28 games: 14 (.681 OPS)
Versus Righties: 19 (.665 OPS)
Versus lefties: 10 (.748 OPS)
Home: 12 (.710 OPS)
Away: 18 (.664 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 22 (.624 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 11 (.621 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 15 (.737 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 28 (.552 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 22 (.636 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 9 (.754 OPS)
First five innings: 12 (.719 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 27 (.501 OPS)

Monday MLB: Yankees Small Favorites on Road Against Texas

New York Yankees (-1.09) at Texas Rangers (+1.01, 9 O/U )

Right-hander Ivan Nova takes the mound tonight for the road team New York Yankees. He is 2-3 on the year with a 3.34 ERA. Back from Tommy John surgery, Nova has worked six innings or more in three of his five starts, including his most recent outing, on Wednesday against Baltimore. That outing represented Nova’s first quality start since his season debut. The Yankees are 2-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 25% of those games.

The Texas Rangers will send left-hander Matt Harrison out as their starter; he has a 1-1 record so far in 2015. Harrison earned his first Major League victory since May 8, 2014, in a 9-0 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out two in six innings. The Rangers have gone over the total in 50% of his starts. . The New York Yankees are 47-50 on the year, with an over/under record of 48-45-4. Texas is 47-50 this year, and 44-48-5 on totals. Forecasts are calling for 97° temperatures. The humidity will be around 35%. There is a 1% chance of precipitation.

Harrison: 30 years old left-hander, 6’4” 240 pounds.
Throws: fastball (86.1 mph, 73%), slider (5%), cutter (8%) splitter (14%)

New York Yankees Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 5.35 (2)
Home Runs: 24 (2)
Batting average: 0.244 (16)
On-base percentage: 0.329 (7)
Slugging percentage: 0.431 (6)
Stolen bases: 11 (10)
Last seven games: 2 (.826 OPS)
Last 14 games: 3 (.824 OPS)
Last 28 games: 7 (.760 OPS)
Versus Righties: 8 (.731 OPS)
Versus lefties: 2 (.820 OPS)
Home: 9 (.754 OPS)
Away: 5 (.765 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 8 (.808 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 1 (.869 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 22 (.689 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 16 (.683 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 1 (.811 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 27 (.567 OPS)
First five innings: 5 (.787 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 3 (.771 OPS)

Nova: 29 years old right-hander, 6’4” 225 pounds.
Throws: fastball (92.9 mph, 65%), cutter (28%) splitter (7%)

Texas Rangers Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 4.06 (18)
Home Runs: 12 (23)
Batting average: 0.21 (32)
On-base percentage: 0.297 (22)
Slugging percentage: 0.334 (29)
Stolen bases: 11 (10)
Last seven games: 16 (.694 OPS)
Last 14 games: 23 (.653 OPS)
Last 28 games: 26 (.631 OPS)
Versus Righties: 27 (.580 OPS)
Versus lefties: 12 (.739 OPS)
Home: 18 (.672 OPS)
Away: 25 (.603 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 8 (.808 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 17 (.582 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 13 (.761 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 19 (.660 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 28 (.577 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 11 (.726 OPS)
First five innings: 15 (.702 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 15 (.650 OPS)

Reinforced Royals Hit the Road in Monday MLB Action

Kansas City Royals (-1.01) at Cleveland Indians (-1.07, 7.5 O/U )

The Kansas City Royals, in control of the Central Division with a shiny new tool named Johnny Cueto added to their toolbox, will head to Ohio to take on their division rivals Cleveland Indians. The Indians, expected to contend for the division title before the season, are 14 games behind Kansas City.

Right-hander Cody Anderson is the scheduled starter for the Indians. He has a 2-1 record in 2015 with a 1.91 ERA. Anderson will be making his sixth start on the season, and has held opponents to a .223 batting average. He has struck out just twelve batters in 33 innings. After going 2-1 with a 0.89 ERA in his first four outings, he gave up four runs and 10 hits over 2 2-3 innings of Wednesday’s 7-5 win at Milwaukee. The rookie right-hander has never faced the Royals, who took two of three at Progressive Field in April.

His opponent on the mound will be right-hander Edinson Volquez. Volquez has a 3.15 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP, and is 9-5 on the season. Edinson Volquez is coming off a strong start vs. Pittsburgh in his last outing where he went 7 2/3 innings, giving up just one run while striking out eight. Temperatures are expected to be around 80° at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 61%.

Anderson: 24 years old right-hander, 6’4” 235 pounds.
Throws: fastball (91.2 mph, 63%), cutter (13%) splitter (24%)

Kansas City Royals Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 5.06 (3)
Home Runs: 13 (22)
Batting average: 0.3 (1)
On-base percentage: 0.362 (1)
Slugging percentage: 0.442 (5)
Stolen bases: 15 (5)
Last seven games: 14 (.709 OPS)
Last 14 games: 6 (.750 OPS)
Last 28 games: 2 (.804 OPS)
Versus Righties: 5 (.794 OPS)
Versus lefties: 3 (.816 OPS)
Home: 5 (.831 OPS)
Away: 2 (.777 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 16 (.732 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 10 (.622 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 6 (.832 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 2 (.863 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 6 (.758 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 2 (.886 OPS)
First five innings: 7 (.781 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 1 (.816 OPS)

Volquez: 32 years old right-hander, 6’0” 220 pounds.
Throws: fastball (93.6 mph, 53%), cutter (24%) splitter (23%)

Cleveland Indians Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 3.8 (23)
Home Runs: 14 (20)
Batting average: 0.233 (22)
On-base percentage: 0.293 (26)
Slugging percentage: 0.367 (19)
Stolen bases: 7 (21)
Last seven games: 9 (.759 OPS)
Last 14 games: 20 (.664 OPS)
Last 28 games: 21 (.660 OPS)
Versus Righties: 11 (.712 OPS)
Versus lefties: 26 (.583 OPS)
Home: 26 (.590 OPS)
Away: 14 (.694 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 28 (.463 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 14 (.593 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 20 (.692 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 9 (.738 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 19 (.649 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 14 (.670 OPS)
First five innings: 22 (.616 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 23 (.599 OPS)