Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox
Where and when: Guaranteed Rate Park, Chicago, Illinois, Wednesday, 8:10 pm EST
The finale of a three-game set versus the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox will take place at Guaranteed Rate Park in Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday night beginning at 8:10 pm EST. After rain interrupted play in the opener on Monday night, the Royals and White Sox will have played a doubleheader on Tuesday leading up to Wednesday’s finale.
Each team enters the set on losing streaks as Chicago has dropped their last three games, overall. Tim Andersoncontinues to be sidelined due to a sore wrist as the leading hitter remains questionable for Tuesday’s doubleheader. Chicago could certainly use some offense at this point in the year as they have only plated five runs in their last three outings. Leury Garcia (.279), who was just beginning to heat up at the plate, also returned to the injured list recently for the White Sox with a shoulder injury and is listed as questionable.
Nonetheless, the White Sox will look to create some momentum, moving forward, against a team in the Royals that they have had issues with recently, as it relates to winning consistently at Guaranteed Rate Park.
The Royals have a record of 11-12 in their last twenty-three games on the road versus the White Sox. Furthermore, in 2019, Kansas City has dropped seventeen of twenty-four road matchups. And while the offense has been middle of the road in scoring runs, at best, the pitching continues to be horrible for the Royals this year. The unit gave up a total of thirty runs in their last road series versus the New York Yankees while also ending a victorious series at Busch Field against the St. Louis Cardinals in their prior set by giving up ten in a loss.
The Royals remain in the cellar of the AL Central division; However, with Detroit free-falling due to a severe lack of offense, the Royals are only three games behind the fourth-place Tigers. On the other hand, with pitching continuing to worsen along with the team committed nineteen turnovers this year (good for 3rd in the MLB), it looks to get worse before it getting better for Kansas City.
The struggles for Lopez contines
Reynaldo Lopez (3-5) will take the mound after coming off one of his worst outings of the season versus the currently unstoppable Minnesota Twins on May 24th as he surrendered eight earned in just 3 ⅔ innings of work in an 11-4 victory for the Twins. The loss ended a three-game streak to where Lopez pitched quality innings. Furthermore, the contest also highlighted his inability to prevent home runs as he allowed three homers for a third time in 2019. And despite the White Sox picking up a win in only two of Lopez’s last seven starts, the right-hander was very successful versus the Royals earlier in the season.
On April 16th, he pitched six innings while allowing just one earned along with a homer (five k’s) in a 5-1 win; However, he struggled on opening weekend at Kauffman Stadium in taking the loss after going just four innings while allowing four earned runs in an 8-6 defeat. In all, Lopez has pitched against the Royals at home in four of his last five outings while picking up the win in just one start. As for the other matchups, he has allowed a total of thirteen earned runs along with five homers, including a three homer night on August 18th, 2018, as he went just two innings in a 7-6 loss.
Red-hot Whit Merrifield (.333) along with hitting leader Hunter Dozier (.300) have had tons of success versus Lopez in a combined 34 at bats. Alex Gordon, on the other hand, is just 4-20 versus the right-hander in his respective career. Furthermore, in his last fourteen starts at home, it is important to note that Lopez has allowed twenty-two home runs during this time.
No pitcher assigned for struggling Royals
No pitcher has been assigned for the Kansas City Royals for the finale. As pointed out, the unit has not been very successful in 2019 as the possess a collective ERA of 5.19. Both Brad Keller along with Jakob Junis have won three games for the Royals this season; However, they possess elevated ERA’s as well due to their inability to limit offensive opportunities for opponents on the hill. Keller happens to be coming off a victory in his last time out, yet, has allowed at least four earned runs in four of his last six games. Junis has allowed a total of sixteen runs along with five homers in his last four starts.
Danny Duffy (3-1) has really een the surprise for the Royals’ pitching staff this year. Aside from possessing a respectable 3.12 ERA, he has won three of his last four starts while giving up only eight earned runs during this time. Wiley Peralta (1-2) along with Homer Bailey (4-5) each have elevated ERA’s on the season as well as Bailey has not reach the five inning mark in each of his last three starts while Peralta has not started a game since 2016.
- CHW is 2-6 in their last 8 overall.
- CHW is 7-2 in Lopezs last 9 starts vs. KC.
- KC is 22-55 in their last 77 road games.
- KC is 3-7 in their last 10 overall.
- KC is 3-7 in their last 10 games on grass.