The Chicago White Sox were absolutely embarrassed Tuesday night by the lowly KC Royals. The Royals slapped the White Sox for a 11-0 win for their second win in a row. They’ve won by a score of 16-2 between Monday and Tuesday. The Royals haven’t had anything to celebrate this season, but a 11-0 win is a rare opportunity for them to put on a smile.
With the victory last night, the Royals are winners in four of their last five games. Don’t get too excited. The other two wins were against the Detroit Tigers, who have been a walking mat for everyone. The only team worse record wise than the Royals in the AL Central is the Tigers.
The Royals go into Wednesday with a record of 34-62. That puts them 25.5 games behind the Twins in the division. They’re also way behind the White Sox, who are 15.5 games out of 1st place. The White Sox had a nice opportunity in Kansas City to put themselves in an okay position for a run at a wildcard.
However, they’ve already punted away a couple of winnable games and can only hope for a split now. The American League is highly competitive for that final wildcard and it would take a small miracle to pull it off and go to the Wild Card Game.
They’re ten games back of the final wildcard and would have to bypass four teams who are currently ahead of them. There is some faint hope there, but highly unlikely. And getting destroyed by the Royals doesn’t provide much confidence about getting hot and erasing a ten-game hole in just two months.
Glenn Sparkman was tremendous for the Royals last night, as he pitched a complete game with no runs allowed. Danny Duffy will look for more of the same for the Royals tonight. Ivan Nova is expected to get the first pitch for the White Sox. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Royals pick.
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Glenn Sparkman got a nice pick-me-up Tuesday night and Danny Duffy could go for the same tonight. Duffy has regressed since posting a 3.51 ERA in 2016, where he ultimately had his worst season a year ago since being a rookie. Duffy concluded 2018 with a 4.88 ERA and has been producing around the same level of success this season.
He goes into this contest with an ERA of 4.64 and 1.42 WHIP. Duffy has hovered around that mark pretty well all season long. The lefty has allowed at least 3 runs in six of his last eight outings, which has become common for him.
In his last three outings, Duffy has posted an ERA of 5.28, 1.70 WHIP, and .386 OBA. The White Sox have had a lot of success against him in his career. They’re hitting .303 with a .355 OBP in 185 at-bats against Duffy.After not too much to report from the White Sox offense the last two days, they should be able to come through on Wednesday in this spot. They’ve been quite good against lefties this year, hitting .269 as opposed to .249 vs right-handed pitching. In their last ten games, they’ve hit .293 against left-handed pitching.
Ivan Nova has allowed the Royals to hit .286 in 70 at-bats against him in his career. The most impressive stat from his history against the Royals is that he has allowed just 1 deep ball. Longtime Royal, Alex Gordon, is responsible for the only home run on Nova.
Nova has been slightly better than Duffy recently, with an ERA of 4.08 and 1.36 WHIP in his previous three starts. He’s been better on the road this season, having posted a 4.66 ERA compared to 7.14 at home. As small underdogs, there seems to be decent value on the White Sox to avoid losing three in a row against the Royals on Wednesday.