The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals wrap up their weekend series in KC after a wild one yesterday on Saturday. The Royals scored 7 runs in the 9th inning to stage one epic comeback. If you had the White Sox, it amounts to one brutal beat. I have had some bad beats, but that would have been up there with the biggest of all time. Imagine if that was a postseason game? It would have made for one heck of a story if it were a bigger game. A game on Saturday in May just doesn’t have the same kind of mystique to it than October, but in any event, it is the biggest comeback in one inning this season, without a doubt.
Chris Sale will hop on the mound today in attempt to wash away the dirty taste out of their mouth. Sale is coming off a loss, an uncharacteristic loss, which provided him with his first loss of the season. He was bound to have a bad start, and there it was against the Cleveland Indians.
Sale ultimately allowed 6 runs, his worst start of the season by a long shot. Is this going to manifest itself and continue into his next few starts, or is he just going to jump back on the horse and on track? Sale doesn’t look that bad often, at all, so it might be a surprise if he fails to put together a bounce back performance. Who knows though, the Royals have to be feeling mighty confident following their 7 run 9th inning yesterday. Conversely, the White Sox must be feeling awfully bad about how that unfolded. Some teams will brush it off and move on, and others will dwell on it and let it impact them for days to come.
This isn’t a time for the White Sox to lose another win after that blown game yesterday. The White Sox have now lost five straight games, and gone 3-7 in their last ten games. The White Sox have slipped to 27-23 and are going to find problems keeping this season together. They started off so hot, but it may be before long that they are around a .500 team, which is where I see them finishing the year. However, Sale who is coming off a bad start himself, will look to get the White Sox back in the win column. Find my pick for Sunday here.
Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals
Chris Sale (9-1, 2.26 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez(5-4, 3.67 ERA)
Sale has one blemish on his resume lately, but it is a big one. In his last outing against the Indians, he got rocked for 6 runs against in 3.1 innings pitched. He also allowed 7 hits in that short of a span. But even the best are susceptible of getting touched up occasionally. Both of his worst two starts have come against the Tribe, 3 runs allowed in April and then the 6 in his last start. Sale has posted a 2.84 ERA against the Royals in his career. Further, he also has a stellar road ERA of 1.41 with a 0.89 WHIP.
Edinson Volquez will pitch opposite Sale, who has been having a pretty nice season. He enters with a 3.67 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. In his last three starts he’s notched a 3.20 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. The problem with Volquez is that he has bene erratic, all over the place. He has had nice starts, allowing little runs. However, then he has gotten killed for 8, 5, and 4 runs in three of his last six starts. Sale should bounce back this afternoon. I can’t foresee him having two poor starts in a row. Volquez? Who knows what he’s going to bring to the table today. The White Sox should be able to snap this five-game drought and pick up a win after disaster unfolded yesterday in the 9th inning.
PICK: WHITE SOX TO WIN -145