The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox will converge at Guaranteed Rate Field for a three-game series. With a lot of meaningful action going around the majors right now, this is a meaningless affair between the Royals and White Sox. In any event, the Royals and White Sox are the only two teams in the AL Central that have been able to celebrate a World Series within the last 20 years.
The White Sox were winners in 2005 and then ten years later the Royals got it done with a championship in 2015. The Royals’ run was the most unlikely, as the White Sox had a fairly stacked roster back then. KC primarily did it with a lights out bullpen, which carried them in the postseason to a championship.
There are no championships to talk about in 2019 for the Royals and White Sox. The Royals go into Tuesday with a mark of 53-91, while the White Sox are at 63-80. The White Sox appear to have a bit of a foundation laid down to get back to competing before the Royals.
We’ll see how long it takes for everything to come together for the White Sox. Or, maybe the White Sox waste the Yoan Moncada era and do nothing with it. That’d be a shame, as Moncada is a talent who is going to want to get paid.
He’s been on fire in his last seven games, with a .440 batting average and four extra base hits. Moncada will look to keep it rolling tonight at home. The White Sox are expected to give Ivan Nova the start in this one. Jakob Junis is expected to counter for the Royals. Head below for our free Royals vs. White Sox pick.
K.C. Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Pick:
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The Royals and White Sox had the day off Monday to prepare for this three-game series. While their seasons haven’t been successful, at least neither will be finishing in the basement of the AL Central. That dubious honor will go to the Detroit Tigers who are a 100 loss team. With 91 losses, the Royals are trying to avoid 100.
I guess that’s something to aim for down the stretch. Jakob Junis will have to be better than how he’s been pitching recently. Junis has allowed 4 earned runs in each of his last three outings. That equates to an ERA of 6.35 and 1.41 WHIP. He was facing a bad Tigers team in his most recent start and still couldn’t get a nice response after the Athletics touched him up for 4 runs.
Power numbers have been up against Junis for the White Sox. They’ve connected for 7 deep balls against Junis in 125 at-bats. And he’s struggled with preventing home runs on the road, as he’s yielded 16 of them.
That’s great news for the White Sox, who are likely to generate offense at the plate against Junis. That said, it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows for the White Sox in this contest. Ivan Nova has been struggling mightily lately. He enters with an ERA of 7.07 and 2.07 WHIP in his last three outings.
In the previous 8.1 innings, Nova has been torched for 10 earned runs and 19 hits. He was pummeled in his most recent appearance against the Royals. They got to him for 6 hits and 6 earned runs in a 7-5 loss. This is a meaningless game between two teams going nowhere. However, there still appears to be an opportunity to profit, though. The OVER looks like a good play if you’re looking for action in Chicago tonight.