The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox meet in the basement of the AL Central for three days. The Royals are dead last in the division with a record of 18-34, while the White Sox are barely ahead of them at 19-31. There isn’t much to be excited about for the Royals and White Sox fans in 2019. They are at the bottom of the division and nothing is going to change between now and September.
The only question left to be answered is whether the Royals, White Sox, or maybe even Tigers finish 5th in the AL Central. With the Twins out to a quick 10-game lead over the Indians, this division doesn’t appear to be setting up for a dramatic finish again. The Indians had things wrapped up early in the summer last season and the Twins are looking to do the same.
The White Sox were just swept by the Twins as they provided zero push back as they got blown out throughout the weekend. They were outscored 26-5 from Friday to Sunday to give them their sixth loss in eight games. The Royals are coming off an 8-7 win over the Yankees to lift their spirits for at least a day.
A blown save turned into an extra innings win in the 10th. The bullpen, which has been anemic this season, nearly gave the game away to the Yankees but ultimately survived thanks to the bats. Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to five games and got the winning single for the Royals yesterday afternoon.
Kansas City needed the win to avoid a sweep and a four-game losing streak. Despite the win, they are just 3-7 in their last ten games. Beating a red-hot team like the Yankees certainly will feel nice in the clubhouse, though. Homer Bailey will toe the rubber for the Royals this afternoon, while former Yankee, Ivan Nova, will get the nod for the White Sox. Head below for our free Royals vs. White Sox pick.
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The White Sox were cold over the weekend after the Twins unleashed their hot streak on them. The Twins have been doing a lot of things well and the White Sox certainly found that out over the last few days. Jake Odorizzi was fantastic on Sunday, as he held the Sox to 5 hits and no runs. The bullpen had a nice day at the office as well. I’m confident that things can change for the White Sox in a hurry against Homer Bailey in this one, though.
This should be a nice opportunity for the White Sox to find their swing at the plate again. Bailey, predictably so, has been awful in 2019. I don’t know how much longer the guy can last pitching like this and still finding spots in rotations. He is cheap, yes, but has been an auto loss. Bailey posted ERA’s of 5.56, 6.65, 6.43, and 6.09 the last four seasons. His last respectable year was in 2014, but then he suffered a career changing injury and he’s never been the same pitcher.
It has been the same story for him this season and he’s getting worse as the season goes on. Bailey enters this contest with an ERA of 6.13, which is consistent with what he did in 2018 in his final season in Cincinnati. He’s been way off recently with an ERA of 9.00, 2.27 WHIP, and .456 OBA in his previous three outings.
His worst work has come on the road. Bailey has gotten beaten down for a 7.36 ERA and 1.77 WHIP on the road in 2019. The White Sox can go crawl in a hole and hide if Bailey fools them on Monday. From Bailey, the ball gets turned over to a bullpen that ranks 25th in the major leagues with a 4.92 ERA.
It is looking like the Royals are going to have to bring out the bats again to win on the road in this one. They are likely going to get it against Nova, who has been getting hit hard recently as well. Nova enters with an ERA of 6.96 and 6.75 ERA in his last three starts. Chicago has been a mess for him, as he’s allowed 21 runs in 11 innings for a 16.36 ERA and 2.82 WHIP.
It isn’t like it has been outstanding offenses, either. He’s faced the Mariners, Orioles, and Blue Jays at home this season. Expect him to be better in this spot, but he is likely to still run into problems. There should be at least 10 runs on the board in this matchup by the end of the afternoon in Chicago.