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RECORDS: White Sox 29-32   Royals 19-43

GAMETIMES: Friday 7:15, Saturday and Sunday 1:15

TV: NBCSN Friday and Saturday, WGN Sunday

ANDY REID WILL NEVER WIN: Royals Review

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Ivan Nova vs. Homer Bailey

Lucas Giolito vs. Brad Keller

Reynaldo Lopez vs. Glenn Sparkman

PROBABLE WHITE SOX LINEUP

Leury Garcia – CF

Yoan Moncada – 3B

Jose Abreu – 1B

James McCann – C

Yonder Alonso – DH

Eloy Jimenez – LF

Tim Anderson – SS

Yolmer Sanchez – 2B

Ryan Cordell – RF

PROBABLE ROYALS LINEUP

Whit Merrifield – RF

Alex Gordon – LF

Adalberto Mondesi – SS

Jorge Soler – DH

Ryan O’Hearn – 1B

Cheslor Cuthbert – 3B

Nicky Lopez – 2B

Martin Maldonado – C

Billy Hamilton – CF

 

The Royals and White Sox renew acquaintances this weekend on the outskirts of Kansas City, where everyone can try and prove how adult they can be by not throwing at Tim Anderson. Or it’s Ned Yost proving just how baseball dumb he can be. Which would you bet on?

We’ll keep it short because they just did this last weekend and no one should spend too much time on the Royals at all. Homer Bailey might be the worst pitcher to ever throw two no-hitters, though Mike Fiers would certainly give him a run. The Sox will also see Glenn Sparkman on Sunday, which sounds like the name you’d come up with for a garden variety salesmen character in the screenplay you’re writing. Brad Keller you already know, and if you don’t, he’s a control pitcher with no control, It’s going about as well as you’d guess.

The lineup isn’t actually that bad, now that Alex Gordon has decided to try and play baseball again. They run a lot, they run into some outs, and Billy Hamilton still sucks. There, you’re caught up.

For the Sox, the only mystery is whether Anderson will have to duck more projectiles trying to settle whatever debt is in Yost’s head. Here’s hoping Anderson goes like 8-for-11 this weekend and stares down the Royals dugout every goddamn time. This shit is so dumb and if you don’t want Anderson or anyone else bat-flipping and strutting then you get his ass out. Otherwise, shut up and take it.

Ivan Nova has a nice streak going of three straight quality starts, including one against the Royals just 11 days ago. Lucas Giolito gets to beat up on this outfit again, as he’s had two good starts against them already and got hurt in the third one. Do these teams every play anyone else? Reynaldo Lopez will try and introduce himself to the strike zone.

The volume gets turned up on the Sox after this, as they’ll host the Nationals, then the Yankees, then travel across town, before a trip that takes them to Texas and then Boston. Might as well cash in now.

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RECORDS: Royals 18-34   Whites Sox 23-29

GAMETIMES: Monday 1:10, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10

TV: NBCSN Monday and Tuesday, WGN Wednesday

ARGUING ABOUT BBQ: Royals Review

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Homer Bailey vs. Ivan Nova

Brad Keller vs. Lucas Giolito

TBD vs. Reynaldo Lopez

PROBABLE ROYALS LINEUP

Nicky Lopez – 2B

Whit Merrifield – RF

Adalberto Mondesi – SS

Alex Gordon – LF

Hunter Dozier – 3B

Jorge Soler – DH

Ryan O’Hearn – 1B

Martin Maldonado – C

Billy Hamilton – CF

PROBABLE WHITE SOX LINEUP

Yoan Moncada – 3B

Eloy Jimenez – LF

Jose Abreu – 1B

Yonder Alonson – DH

James McCann – C

Charlie Tilson – RF

Jose Rondon – SS

Yolmer Sanchez – 2B

Ryan Cordell – CF

 

After spending the week on the road playing the cream of the crop the AL has to offer, and having the Twins get in up to the elbow, the Sox return home to go to the other side of the spectrum with a three-gamer against the Kansas City Royals, who have as many losses as the Marlins. And when you have anything that’s the same number as the Marlins, that’s a place you don’t want to be. But hey, they’re not the Orioles.

How did the Royals get here? Well, it’s not an offense as bas as you’d think one for a wooden spooner would be. They rank 9th or 10th in most offensive categories as a team, and through Dozier, Gordon, Soler, Merrifield, and Mondesi they can put up some runs on the odd night here and there. Hamilton and Maldonado are automatic outs though, when any of the Sox pitchers need a break. Soler and Mondesi are strikeout-prone, but the other three in the five mentioned are very patient and can make for a headache.

Scouring further down, the Royals rotation has actually bee slightly better than the Sox’s, in terms of ERA and FIP. Their problem is they walk more hitters than anyone other than the Rangers. The only bright spot has been Danny Duffy, whom the Sox will miss this go-around. Homer Bailey can’t get it over the plate and when he does it’s had a nasty habit of getting sent to far away places. Keller has had even bigger walk-problems, so if the Sox can be patient there’s gold in them thar hills.

Late in games, you’d want to avoid the triumvirate of Jason Diekman, Ian Kennedy, and Scott Barlow, who have very high K numbers and have generally been a pain in the ass. Everyone else has been gasoline, and with the Royals have a shrug emoji listed for Wednesday, the Sox might get to that gasoline.

For the Sox, Moncada slots up to the leadoff spot and Eloy to the 2nd spot, where you’d hope he’ll make his home for the next decade. Garcia and Anderson are nursing minor knocks but could show up at some point in the series, though not this afternoon. Either way for the Sox, it’ll be something of a relief to just no have to deal with a hell’s gauntlet of a lineup anymore.