Chicago White Sox versus Kansas City Royals (June 8)
The White Sox head to Kansas City this weekend for a series against the Royals in this AL Central clash.
The White Sox are third in the division, while the Royals are last at 19-42.
Lucas Giolito is scheduled to start on the mound for the White Sox and Brad Keller is set to pitch for the Royals.
Offensively, the White Sox have a dual power threat in Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada.
Abreu leads the team in home runs with 16 and RBI with 52. Moncada has added 12 home runs and 37 RBI.
TIme Anderson has added some pop with nine home runs and tops the team with a .322 batting average.
As a unit, the White Sox have hit 69 home runs and are slightly below the AL average in scoring at 4.3 runs per game.
The Royals have a very similar offensive profile, having hit 62 home runs and average 4.2 runs per game.
Hunter Dozier leads the team with a .314 average and has added 11 home runs and 33 RBI.
Adalberto Mondesi is first in RBI with 42 and Jorge Soler leads the Royals with 15 home runs.
Reliable veteran Alex Gordon is quietly having another good season with nine home runs and 38 RBI.
Lucas Giolito has had an excellent season so far for the White Sox. He’s compiled an 8-1 record with a 2.54 ERA.
In 67 1/3 innings, he’s struck out 78, allowed only 44 hits and four home runs.
Closer Alex Colome has done a very good job, saving 12 with an ERA of 2.28 in 23 2/3 innings.
The combination of Jace Fry, Kelvin Herrera and Josh Osich have been used heavily but have posted a combined 6.05 ERA in 64 innings.
As a team, the White Sox are allowing an average of 5.1 runs per game.
However, with Giolito on the mound, the runs allowed should be significantly less.
Brad Keller has been a workhorse for the Royals, having already logged 78 innings.
He’s 3-7 with a 4.50 ERA, but has allowed only three home runs.
His control has gotten him into trouble, having walked 42 this season.
The top four relievers in terms of usage have been inconsistent, at best.
Scott Barlow, Wily Peralta, Jake Diekman and Ian Kennedy have combined for an ERA of 4.49.
The Royals have allowed an average of 5.3 runs per game.
This game looks like it will be relatively low scoring.
Giolito has been outstanding and the fact he keeps the ball in the park will neutralize any power the Royals have.
The White Sox can get to Keller if they are patient and allow him to put men on via the walk, driving up his pitch total.
Neither bullpen has been stellar and if the Royals can break through against Giolito, could win the game late.
However, that is unlikely to happen. Ill Take the “under” on this and look for a 4-2 or 4-3 margin in favor of the White Sox.