Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Saturday March 30, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Royals -121 / Chicago White Sox +111 -- O/U: 8.5
The Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals meet in game two of their three game AL Central division set from Kauffman Stadium in MLB action on Saturday afternoon.
The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after dropping their series opener against the Royals on Thursday by a final score of 5-3. Eloy Jimenez, Daniel Palka and Tim Anderson each had an RBI with Anderson adding a base hit. Leury Garcia, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu each had a base knock as well as none of Chicago’s four hits went for extra bases in the losing effort. Carlos Rodon took the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out six over 5.1 innings of work. Reynaldo Lopez will start game two and was 7-10 with a 3.91 ERA and 151 strikeouts last season. In his career, Lopez is 2-1 with a 4.79 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to build on their solid start to the season after picking up the win in their season opener on Thursday. Jorge Soler went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while Alex Gordon and Adalberto Mondesi each had an RBI with Mondesi going 2 for 4 with a pair of triples. Whit Merrifield added a base hit as well as KC put up just five hits as a team in the winning effort. Brad Keller got the win to improve to 1-0 after tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out five on his way to the win. Brad Boxberger also picked up his 1st save of the season by retiring the final batter in the 9th. Jakob Junis will start game two and was 9-12 with a 4.37 ERA and 164 strikeouts last season. In his career, Junis is 1-1 with a 5.47 ERA and 20 strikeouts against the White Sox.
Chicago is 6-2 in Lopez’s last 8 starts and 7-19 in their last 26 games overall while the under is 10-4-3 in their last 17 road games. Kansas City is 6-14 in Junis’ last 20 starts and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 home games against a right-handed starter. Chicago is 6-1 in Lopez’s last 7 starts against Kansas City.
Kansas City took game one and looked solid doing it, but on the whole I’m still not overly solid on Junis as a starting pitcher. Yes, Junis turned a corner down the stretch last year after a brutal start to the season, but that doesn’t make it any easier to stomach. Lopez had issues of his own last season, but he also really turned a corner down the stretch and the White Sox have had a ton of success with him on the mound against Kansas City. I’ll side with Chicago to even up the set behind another strong performance from Lopez.