Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Monday July 15, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line: Chicago White Sox -135 / Kansas City Royals +115 -- Over/Under: 8.5
The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals meet Monday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.
The Chicago White Sox could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The White Sox have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in their last five games. The Chicago White Sox have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Yoan Moncada leads the White Sox with 97 hits and 49 RBI while Jose Abreu and Leury Garcia have combined for 192 hits and 91 RBI. Lucas Giolito gets the ball, and he is 11-3 with a 3.15 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. Giolito is 6-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Royals have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 121 hits and 45 RBI while Alex Gordon and Adalberto Mondesi have combined for 178 hits and 108 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 4-8 with a 5.33 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. Junis is 2-1 with a 5.34 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 12-4 in their last 16 vs. American League Central, 6-2 in Giolito's last 8 road starts and 10-3 in Giolito's last 13 starts. The Royals are 6-23 in their last 29 Monday games, 1-5 in Junis' last 6 home starts and 0-4 in Junis' last 4 starts. The White Sox are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings, 5-1 in Giolito's last 6 road starts vs. Royals and 8-2 in Giolito's last 10 starts vs. Royals. The over is 9-2 in Junis' last 11 starts vs. American League Central. The under is 9-3 in Giolito's last 12 starts overall.
Giolito is coming off a rough performance, but he's been extremely consistent over the course of the season, which includes a 2.73 ERA and .190 allowed batting average on the road. Giolito also is holding current Royals to a .152 batting average and 39 strikeouts in 138 at bats. Junis has allowed 23 earned runs in his last 39 innings and has a 5.89 ERA and .276 allowed batting average at home. The Kansas City Royals just don't provide much reason to get behind them these days, and the White Sox need to take advantage of these series if they're going to make August and September meaningful. Give me the White Sox and the cheap price.