Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Sunday June 9, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, MO
Over: 10 (-115) / Under: 10 (-105)
FS-Kansas City, WGN
The Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals meet in the rubber match of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.
The Chicago White Sox will look to take the set after evening the series at one win apiece following a 2-0 win in game two on Saturday. Eloy Jimenez had a home run and two RBIs while Yoan Moncada, Jose Rondon, Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez each had base hits as the White Sox mustered up just five hits as a team in the winning effort. Lucas Giolito got the win to improve to 9-1 on the year after throwing 7.2 shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 11. Alex Colome closed out the 9th for his 13th save of the campaign. Reynaldo Lopez will start game three and is 3-6 with a 6.62 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lopez is 3-2 with a 5.05 ERA and 35 strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Saturday in shutout fashion. Whit Merrifield went 2 for 4 while Alex Gordon added a base hit of his own as the Royals cranked out just three hits as a team in the losing effort with the rest of the squad going 0 for 22 with 12 strikeouts in the losing effort. Brad Keller took the loss, falling to 3-8 on the year after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four over eight innings of work. Glenn Sparkman will start the finale and is 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Sparkman’s second career start against the White Sox.
Chicago is 0-6 in Lopez’s last 6 road starts and 7-2 in their last 9 division games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games. Kansas City is 2-8 in their last 10 home games and 6-22 in their last 28 Sunday games while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 8-2 in Lopez’s last 10 starts against Kansas City.
I want to take the White Sox because I just can’t bring myself to back Kansas City, but the fact is that Lopez has allowed 19 runs across his last three starts spanning 13.1 innings of work. On the other hand, Chicago has a bone to pick with Sparkman who was ejected and suspended for throwing at Chicago’s Tim Anderson not too long ago, so I’m expecting the beef to still be present for this one. Which is why I’m siding with the over. Lopez can easily be hit off of and I think the White Sox offense will get up to play Sparkman so I’ll back the over and hope for a slugfest in this one.