This Saturday, there will be an MLB matchup between two AL Central rivals as the Chicago White Sox travel to Kauffman Stadium to take on the Kansas City Royals. This game will be taking place at 8:05 P.M. EST and it will be the second game of a three-game series.
White Sox Look For Third Straight WinSo far this season, the Chicago White Sox have looked like a mediocre team in the AL Central division. The White Sox were expected to be a bit of a dark horse candidate in the American League. Even though Chicago still has a losing record, it has shown some flashes at times which should provide the fans with a bit of optimism. In addition, Chicago enters this game in solid form as it has won each of its last two games. Now, Chicago will be looking to extend its winning streak with another solid road performance on Saturday.
The Chicago White Sox will be going with Gio Gonzalez as the starter for this game as he will be looking for a bounce back start. In his first start of the season, Gonzalez looked awful as he allowed three runs in less than four innings of work but managed to avoid getting the loss. Now, he will be looking to get back on track against a weak AL Central foe.
Hold the line! pic.twitter.com/tHvhrMP5Go— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 1, 2020
Yesterday, Chicago's pitching led the way en route to a 3-2 victory against Kansas City on the road. Dallas Keuchel got the victory which was well deserved as he allowed just two earned runs in over five innings of work. Chicago's bullpen also looked great as it allowed zero runs. Now, Chicago's bullpen will be looking for another stellar performance on Saturday.
Kansas City's Offense Keeps StrugglingThe Kansas City Royals entered the regular season without any expectations whatsoever. The Royals were a longshot to make the postseason and people are fully understanding why through the first eight games of the season. Kansas City has lost five games already and that has mainly been due to its offense. Kansas City has scored less than six runs in seven of its first eight games which has played a lot of pressure on the pitching staff to shutdown opposing lineups in order to keep games close. If the Royals plan on winning more games in the future, their offense will need to wake up.
The Kansas City Royals will be going with Ronald Bolanos as the starter for this game which is a bit of a bold move considering the fact that he has only started four games in his brief MLB career. Bolanos also was the unfortunate recipient of a loss in his first appearance in 2020 despite not allowing an earned run. Now, he will be looking to avoid allowing an earned run for the second straight appearance.
┏┓— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 1, 2020
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Yesterday, Kansas City's offense looked as flat as can be as it only scored two runs on eight total hits. To make matters worse, the Royals had a ton of chances in that game but left nine runners on base so one could argue that they should have been able to win on Friday. However, the Royals have to forget about that performance as quickly as possible if they plan on having a more positive offensive output on Saturday.
These trends were found on Covers.com:
- White Sox are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road favorite.
- White Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite.
- Royals are 2-7 in their last 9 home games.