Royals vs White Sox September 22nd 2017
In this American League Central match up, the Kansas City Royals face the last place White Sox.
The Royals are fighting for the second wild card spot in the American League, while the White Sox look to avoid a 100-loss season.
These series of games start on the 22nd September @ White Sox.
- On Friday, Jason Hammel is on the mound for the Royals versus Reynaldo Lopez for the White Sox. Hammel comes in with an 8-12 record and a high 5.05 ERA. He’s allowed 193 hits and 24 home runs in 171 innings. Lopez has won his last two decisions and is 2-3 with a 4.84 ERA for the season.
- Saturday’s game features Danny Duffy for the Royals versus Dylan Covey for the White Sox. Duffy had a sub .500 record at 5-9, but his other numbers are solid. His ERA is 3.71 and has allowed only 13 home runs in 136 innings. Covey has been hurt badly by the long ball, allowing 18 home runs in 58 1/3 innings, contributing to his 0-6 record and 8.18 ERA.
- In the series finale, Ian Kennedy is on the hill for the Twins. He is opposed by Lucas Giolito for the White Sox. Kennedy has had a bad season, coming in at 4-12 with a 5.39 ERA, allowing 31 home runs in 143 2/3 innings. Giolito has been very good in a limited role, pitching to a 2.58 ERA in 38 1/3 innings.
Offensively, the Royals have a dual power threat in Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Hosmer is batting .323 with 24 home runs and 87 RBI, while Moustakas has hammered 36 home runs. Salvadaor Perez and White Murrifield have added to the mix with 25 home runs and 17 home runs, respectively. Lorenzo Cain is another to watch, batting .300 with 24 stolen bases.
Jose Abreu leads the White Sox attack with a .306 average, 31 home runs and 98 RBI. Avisail Garcia has been a nice compliment to Abreu, batting .333 with 17 home runs and 77 RBI. Other worth noting is Matt Davidson (25 home runs) and Tim Anderson (16 home runs and 13 stolen bases).
Cut to the Chase Prediction
The Royals have something to play for, while the White Sox could be packing it in early. Expect two out of three wins with a possible sweep for the Royals.
NB that statistics are for games through Tuesday, September 19.