8:10 PM ET, September 27, 2013
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
Kansas City: Shields (12-9, 3.21 ERA)
Chicago: Sale (11-13, 2.97 ERA)
Online sports betting fans that were rooting for the Kansas City Royals said goodbye to their team’s postseason chances. In addition, Chicago White Sox fans also had to do much longer ago.
Tonight will still feature an amazing pitching matchup as James Shields seeks his 100th career victory versus Chris Sale and the host White Sox.
Their first two MLB game turned into pitchers’ duels, but Sale and Shields haven’t squared off since May 6.
Sale (11-13, 2.97 ERA) pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Tyler Flowers homered off Shields in White Sox’s 1-0 win versus Kansas City on opening day.
On May 6, Shields (12-9, 3.21) tossed two-hit ball over eight scoreless innings, but Chicago tied it in the ninth and won 2-1 in the 11th. The 31 year-old has allowed two runs in 24 innings versus the Royals in 2013.
Shields is not far behind with a 2.18 ERA over five 2013 starts versus the White Sox.
YouWager experts consider both pitchers have done an impressive job lately.
Shields has won eight of his last 12 starts, posting a 3.15 ERA. The right-hander fell short in his bid to win a third straight start Sunday despite pitching eight scoreless innings versus the Texas Rangers. Kansas City was held off the scoreboard until Justin Maxwell’s 10th-inning walkoff grand slam.
Sale limited the Detroit Tigers to four hits with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday, but Chicago blew a six-run lead in the ninth before falling 7-6 in 12.
The 24 year-old is 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA in his last nine starts, with 14 of the 25 runs he allowed during that span coming in the two defeats. The left-hander has been susceptible to the home run lately, serving up nine in his last 43 2/3 innings after offering up eight in his previous 125 1-3.