Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 29, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Guaranteed Rate Field
Kansas City Royals / Chicago White Sox -- O/U:
FS-Kansas City, WGN
The Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox meet in the finale of their three game AL Central division set from Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday.
The Kansas City Royals will look to avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the set, including a 4-3 loss in game two on Tuesday. Alex Gordon had a home run and three RBIs while Whit Merrifield and Cam Gallagher each had base hits as KC mustered up just three hits as a team in the losing effort. Brad Keller took the loss, falling to 3-6 on the year after allowing four runs on ten hits while striking out three over six innings of work. Glenn Sparkman will start game three and is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Sparkman’s first career start against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox will look to complete the sweep after their victory in game two on Tuesday. Leury Garcia went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Charlie Tilson had two hits with an RBI while Jose Abreu and Yonder Alonso each had an RBI while going hitless to cap off Chicago’s scoring as a team in the win. James McCann went 3 for 4 while Jose Rondon had two hits and Yolmer Sanchez and Yoan Moncada each had base knocks as well in the victory. Lucas Giolito got the win to improve to 7-1 on the year after giving up three runs on three hits while striking out ten over eight innings of work. Alex Colome picked up his 10th save of the year by closing out the 9th with a pair of strikeouts. Reynaldo Lopez will start the finale and is 3-5 with a 6.03 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lopez is 3-2 with a 4.73 ERA and 32 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 14-37 in their last 51 road games and 16-35 in their last 51 games overall while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 1-4 in Lopez’s last 5 starts and 2-5 in their last 7 Wednesday games while the under is 5-0 in Lopez’s last 5 home starts. Chicago is 7-2 in Lopez’s last 9 starts against Kansas City and 5-1 in Lopez’s last 6 home starts against the Royals.
I’m tempted to side with the Royals to salvage a win as Sparkman has been pretty good for Kansas City this season, including seven shutout innings against the Rays in his lone start this season. However, the Royals keep finding ways to lose games, and while Lopez was shelled for eight runs in less than four innings in his last start, he’s pitched reasonably well lately and the White Sox have been the better team in the first two games of the set, so I’ll side with the White Sox for the sweep on Wednesday.