Friday evening Major League Baseball action and a pair of teams from the American League Central will square off as the Chicago White Sox duke it out with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in game two of a five-game series. The White Sox took the first two meetings between these teams so far. Pitching Probables: Getting the nod for the White Sox will be Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 1.50 ERA) and he will be opposed by Danny Duffy (0-3, 5.26 ERA).
The Sox Just Can’t Get Their Offense Going
This was supposed to be a much better season for the Chicago White Sox than they have had the past few years, but so far it has been a horrible start for them. The biggest culprit in the early going has been their pitching, but still, this team has had many struggles on offense so far, especially of late. The Sox will enter game one of this series on Thursday night having lost nine of their last 10 games and they have scored just 29 runs in those games. What makes it even worse is the fact that 21 of those runs came in two games. This is a sorry offensive team right now, but they have a chance to get it going against a bad Kansas City pitching staff. In the finale against the Mariners, they lost by a score of 4-3 as the offense struggled one again. They did get a home from Yoan Moncada, which was his 5th of the year. James Shields had another rough outing as he allowed four ERs on six hits and four walks in 6.0 innings of work to fall to 1-3 with a 6.14 ERA on the year.
Getting the nod for the White Sox in this one will be Reynaldo Lopez and he has gone 0-2 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in four starts on the year, including 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in two starts on the road. In his career, he has gone 4-4 with a 4.80 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) on the road, while against the Royals he has gone 2-0 with a 3.44 ERA in three starts, including 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in one start here at Kauffman Stadium.
The White Sox have been rather poor on offense so far as they enter this game ranked 23rd in the league in scoring, putting up 3.67 rpg, while also ranking 17th in hitting at .236 and 14th in homers with 25. On the mound, they have been very poor in the early going as they enter this contest ranked 30th in the league in ERA at 5.74, while also ranking 30th in WHIP at 1.60 and 29th in K’s with 158. The bullpen ranks 24th in the league in ERA at 5.27.
Royals Can’t Win At Home
The Kansas City Royals are in for a very long year and are off to a 5-17 start so far. They have gone 4-8 on the road, but after losing both home games to the Milwaukee Brewers, they have now gone just 1-9 here at home for the year. They hope to reverse that trend some against a bad Chicago team, but we do not that two of their home losses have come against the White Sox, which happened in the first two games of the year. Like the Sox, the Royals have had their issues on offense this year and after scoring just four runs in the two games against the Brewers, they have now averaged just 2.42 rpg in their last seven home games. The pitching has also struggled this year and they have now allowed 6.64 rpg over their last 14 games (prior to Thursday). It’s hard to believe that this team played in back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015 as they are now one of the worst teams in the league.
Danny Duffy will toe the rubber for the Royals in this one and he has gone 0-3 with a 5.26 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP in five starts overall, including 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP in two starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 19-21 with a 3.87 ERA in 77 games (66 starts) here at Kaufman Stadium and 6-7 with a 3.67 ERA in 34 games (18 starts) during March/ April, while against the White Sox he has gone 7-6 with a 4.47 ERA in 21 games (19 starts).
Kansas City has been a poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 28th in the league in scoring, putting up just 3.27 rpg, while also ranking 16th in hitting at .237 and 27th in homers with 18. On the mound, they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 27th in the league in ERA at 5.18, while also ranking 23rd in WHIP at 1.41 and 30th in K’s with 146. The pen for the Royals ranks 30th in the league with a 7.15 ERA.
- The Over is 9-3-2 in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- The Over is 5-1-1 in Lopez’s last seven starts on grass
Kansas City is:
- The Over is 4-1-1 in Duffy’s last six starts vs. White Sox
These are two of the worst teams in the league, but this series has a chance to be a fun one as neither team can pitch worth a lick. The White Sox will be sending out Reynaldo Lopez and he has been the one starter on the team that has pitched well, but behind him is a bullpen that ranks 24th in the league in ERA at 5.2, while posting a 6.69 ERA on the road. The Royals have not been a great offensive team, but they have been better on offense at home than on the road and will get their runs in this one. The Whitsox have really struggled to score for most of the year, but they did score 18 runs in the first two meetings this year and the Royals have allowed 5.80 rpg here at home, plus they have the worst pen in the league, which was a 7.15 ERA, plus we note that Danny Duffy has a 5.26 ERA on the year. Chicago will find some offensive success in this one. The offenses have struggled this year from both teams, but that will change here, especially since the White Sox have allowed 7.00 rpg in their last 10 games, while the Royals have allowed 6.90 rpg over the same stretch.