The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox will wrap up a short two-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday afternoon. The White Sox got started on Saturday with a standout performance from newcomer Lance Lynn. The former Texas Rangers pitched a complete game, as he went 9 innings with 5 hits and no runs conceded.
For the White Sox offense, they did all of the damage they needed to do in the first 3.1 innings. Brad Keller was chased out of the game after allowing 6 hits and 4 earned runs. He also conceded 3 walks in what was a pretty poor performance from Keller. The Royals weren’t touching Lynn yesterday, so his effort was a bit moot.
The White Sox had big days from Adam Eaton, 2-for-5 and 2 RBI, and Yoan Moncada, 1-for-4 and 2 RBI. Moncada developing properly for the White Sox is a big factor in what this team is going to do in 2021. They can do anything from winning the AL Central and making a deep postseason push to losing in the first-round.
For the White Sox to go deep in October, Moncada has to be a big contributor. He’s hitting .192 and hasn’t connected for a home run since Opening Day against the Royals. It’s early and things will eventually catch up for Moncada, but the White Sox aren’t winning the AL Central if he continues at this pace. The White Sox head into Sunday with a record of 4-4 after getting to .500 on Saturday. The White Sox were coming off a 8-4 loss against the Seattle Mariners before getting on track at home.
Conversely, the Royals are .500 as well with a record of .500. They beat the Rangers in two of three games, and then a split against the Indians earlier in the week. The Royals are expected to send Mike Minor to the bump for his second start in 2021 this afternoon. Chicago is countering with Dylan Cease. Both hurlers didn’t get off to ideal starts in their season openers. Head below for our free Royals vs. White Sox pick on April 11, 2021.
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Mike Minor will look to respond after a slow start to open the season against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers don’t have the most talent in their lineup, but they made it look easy against Minor. Minor was tagged for 4 hits and 4 earned runs through 6 innings of work. He left the game with a 6.00 ERA and .292 OBA. It feels like Minor has been waiting for a response for a while now. He has posted an ERA of 5.60 with the Rangers and a 5.48 ERA with the Oakland Athletics last year.
A chance of scenery didn’t do Minor much good. Since registering a 3.59 ERA in 2018, the velocity has been going in the wrong direction for Minor. His season opener with the Royals didn’t do much to indicate that Minor is ready to revert back to his old consistent form. Minor struggled with a 5.70 ERA through 23.2 innings on the road last year. Minor will have to deal with a White Sox offense that is second in the majors with 6.32 runs scored per 9 innings.
The Royals have conceded an average of 5.37 runs per 9 innings this season. I don’t have as much confidence in Minor bouncing back as I do Dylan Cease. Cease didn’t get off to a quick start either, as he allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs across 4.2 innings of work. The Angels can be a tough lineup to navigate, though. Cease showed some improvement last season after posting a 5.79 ERA as a rookie in 2019. He finished with an ERA of 4.01 during the shortened 2020 campaign.
Note that Cease was much better at home, with a 3.24 ERA as opposed to a 4.59 ERA on the road. His work in spring training was terrific for the White Sox. Cease posted an ERA of 1.06 and 1.18 WHIP through 17 innings of baseball. In his first start at Guaranteed Rate Field, expect Cease to have a productive performance on Sunday afternoon. I’m on the White Sox to score another win to make it a two-game sweep over the Royals at home.