Lucas Giolito (3-2, 3.14 ERA) vs. Kris Bubic (0-4, 5.46 ERA)
The Chicago White Sox will be in search of their third straight win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. They were 11-6 and 7-4 winners the last two day, and looking for more to take the first three games in this series. The White Sox advanced to 24-15 on the season with the win on Friday night.
It’s important that the White Sox keep their composure and avoid standings watching. They are up in the AL Central by a half game over the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins. It’s a tight division that is likely going to go down to the final few games on the schedule. The talent gap between the White Sox, Indians, and Twins isn’t a whole lot.
The White Sox have scored the most runs, but the Indians have a pitching advantage. Meanwhile, the Twins are a well built team with depth in their lineup and pitching staff. If Jose Berrios can get hot for the Twins, then that could be the game changer in the AL Central. The Twins really need him to heat up.
The Royals are in the basement of the division with a record of 14-25. They’re ten games behind the White Sox going into Saturday. Don’t expect much to change for the Royals. They are in the midst of a rebuilding process, and miles behind the rest, including the Detroit Tigers who should be contenders in the next two or three years.
Royals’ fans can’t feel too salty when they are the most recent team in the division to win the World Series. The White Sox were winners in 2005 and haven’t gotten back to that competitive level since. I don’t know if they are a major World Series contender this season, but if they play their cards right and add talent in the next couple years, the White Sox could be tough to beat.
Lucas Giolito was tough to hit two games ago, as he recorded a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was one hitter off from a perfect game. Giolito gets the call on Saturday for the White ox, while Kris Bubic is scheduled for the Royals. Head below for our free Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals pick for September 5, 2020.
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The Chicago White Sox haven’t been bothered by playing on the road at all. In a season with no fans in attendance, the White Sox have taken advantage with a record of 13-6. They’ve been better as a visitor than at home this season. The White Sox had no issues at Kauffman Stadium the last two days, and Giolito will look to help out for another win in Kansas City.
Giolito has been strong with an ERA of 3.14 and 1.01 WHIP. He hit a bump in his opening start of 2020 against the Twins, but has settled in nicely. After giving up 4 earned runs against the Cardinals, Giolito went two straight games without conceding a run, including the no-hitter.
Giolito had a tougher matchup against the Twins in his most recent outing on August 31 and handled them well. He gave up 4 hits and 2 earned runs across 5 innings of baseball. It was expected that Giolito was going to run into more problems than he had against the Tigers and Pirates.
He has been in good form against the Royals in his career, as he’s held them to a .220 batting average in 138 at-bats. Pitching away from home hasn’t been an issue for Giolio. He owns an ERA of 2.12 and 1.06 WHIP through 17 innings on the road. I’m not expecting Giolito to be perfect, he’ll likely give up a run or two, but run support should follow.
The White Sox are 7th in the major leagues with 5.26 runs scored per game. Kris Bubic has struggled with a 5.46 ERA and 1.62 WHIP through 28 innings this season. The lefty was solid against the White Sox last weekend, as he held them to 6 hits and 2 earned runs across 5.1 innings. After seeing Bubic recently, expect the White Sox to find this round easier on Saturday. I’m backing the White Sox to keep rolling in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.