The Kansas City Royals move on to Monday following a 12-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers yesterday afternoon. They were a game away from completing a sweep, but couldn’t close the deal with Brian Flynn on the bump. Flynn took the unexpected start after Homer Bailey was shipped out to the west coast in Oakland. Bailey is a depth piece for the Athletics. The Royals just have to be feeling glad that they got something for him.
It wasn’t looking like they would when signing him in the offseason. The Royals are a 32-62 team heading into Monday. There are no surprises here, as the Royals are struggling in a rebuilding season. Prior to the Detroit series over the weekend, the Royals were 1-6 in their last seen games. Look for them to continue to sell leading up to the trade deadline.
The White Sox will be in Missouri for the next four days and on the road until next Monday. Following this series, they’ll head to Tampa for a weekend series against the Rays. As far as their record is concerned, it hasn’t been too pretty with a mark of 42-47. However, we’ve also seen several positives signs that indicate the White Sox could be a contender again in two or so years. In any event, they are on the right road at the moment.
Getting swept by the Athletics to open the second-half isn’t at all a positive sign, though. Lucas Giolito has trended up for the White Sox this season, as they hope he is the answer to finding a future ace. They haven’t had an ace since Chris Sale was on the roster, but Giolito has shown a lot of ace like qualities in 2019.
A half of a season may not be the best barometer to measure a pitcher, though, so it will be interesting to see how he follows it up. He was trounced by the Cubs prior to the All-Star break and will be seeking a bounce back performance in Kansas City tonight. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Royals pick.
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Lucas Giolito’s worst starts this season both came against the Chicago Cubs. He allowed 6 runs on June 19th and then did the exact same thing to finish the first-half of the season. As long as he’s been away from the Cubs, Giolito has been on fire. Since April 12th, the Cubs are the only team to score more than 4 runs on him. That’s 12 of 14 outings with 3 runs or less levied against Giolito. In 9 of 14, he gave up 2 or less runs. Three of those outings includes games against the Royals. He didn’t allow a run in two out of the three.
Overall, in his career against the Royals, they’ve hit just .152 with a .234 OBP in 138 at-bats. He’s also been a better hurler on the road, with an ERA of 2.73 and 1.04 WHIP opposed to a 3.61 ERA and 1.10 WHIP at home. In his first trip to KC, Giolito was tremendous, allowing no runs on only 3 hits. Expect to see Giolito return to form with a sharp performance against the Royals here. Jakob Junis is likely going to be under a considerable amount of stress to keep up with Giolito in this contest.
The White Sox hitters have been effective against Junis in his career, with a .284 batting average and .348 OBP in 81 at-bats. They’ve also connected for 4 home runs and 8 runs on Junis. Yoan Moncada, who is another one of the really bright spots on the White Sox roster this season, is responsible for two of them.
He is on a path to being an elite player in the majors and figures to be one of the main rebuilding blocks for the White Sox. Junis goes into Monday with a 6.11 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in his last three outings. He’s been worse at home, posting a 5.89 ERA and 1.47 WHIP on the season. Consider going with a play on the White Sox in KC on Monday evening.