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On Wednesday, the Chicago White Sox will continue their home series against their AL Central rivals, the Kansas City Royals. Both teams are not going to be postseason teams this year but there are still players to watch and talent to develop. First pitch is set for 8:10 P.M ET on Wednesday evening.
Royals Look to Even Series
Although they’ve lost back-to-back games and have no shot at making the postseason, the Kansas City Royals are actually playing pretty good baseball. Over the course of their last nine games, they’ve gone 6-3 behind a solid offense and decent pitching performances.
In the month of September, the team is hitting .284 with a .766 OPS. The most notable hitter is Jorge Soler, who’s having a breakout season from a power perspective. Soler has five homers in his last 10 games and 41 on the season, a career-high by a wide margin. Before 2019, the most home runs he had hit in a season was 12 (in 2016 with the Cubs).
Turn and burn, Gordo'Hearn!
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 11, 2019
From the pitching side, they’ve struggled this season as a whole, ranking No. 26 in team ERA and No. 28 in hits allowed per game. Glenn Sparkman, who will start on Wednesday, hasn’t helped those numbers, posting a 5.97 ERA this season through 27 games (19 starts). As of late, he’s been especially bad; since the second half began, Sparkman has posted a 6.92 ERA in 10 starts.
White Sox Looking For Third Straight W
After a respectable start to the season, the Chicago White Sox have hit the skids in the second half. At the end of the first half, they had a decent 42-44 record but ever since it’s been downhill. In 58 games since the MLB All-Star break, they’ve gone 22-36 to bring their overall record to 16 games below .500. That said, they have won back-to-back games entering Wednesday, outscoring opponents 12-4.
A quick jog in the park. pic.twitter.com/xp5O4z405p
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 11, 2019
The White Sox do have some pieces, though, and they’re not as far away from competing as some may think. After all, they hung tight for most of the first half and have a solid foundation. Shortstop Tim Anderson, who’s hitting .331 this year, is among the players who will be built around, as is veteran Jose Abreu (.283 BA, 31 HR), youngster Yoan Moncada (.301 BA, 23 HR), Eloy Jimenez (25 HR), and All-Star catcher James McCann. Their pitching staff, however, needs some work, as they rank No. 23 overall in team ERA (4.82). Lucas Giolito is a true ace, but beyond him, it’s shaky at best.
Reynaldo Lopez will start on Wednesday for Chicago and despite his 5.17 season ERA, he’s been solid lately. Since the second half began, he’s started 11 games, posting a 3.38 ERA during that time. Included in his current hot streak is his first career complete game, which happened in his last start. Lopez went nine innings, striking out 11 and allowing one hit against the Indians.
- 4-0 in Lopez’s last 4 home starts vs. KC.
- 5-1 in Lopez’s last 6 starts vs. KC.
- 6-1 in their last 7 home games vs. KC.
- 5-16 in Sparkman’s last 21 starts overall.
- 4-11 in their last 15 Wednesday games.
- 0-6 in Sparkman’s last 6 road starts.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Chicago White Sox are 16 games under .500 but they’re in a good spot on Wednesday. There’s a ton of value with Reynaldo Lopez on the mound, a pitcher who’s figured things out since the break (3.38 ERA) and threw his first career complete game in his last start. Opposing him will be Glenn Sparkman, someone who is a good candidate to bet against whenever you get the chance. Sparkman has a 6.92 ERA in his last 10 starts and routinely gets chased before the fifth inning. On top of it all, the ChiSox have home-field advantage on Wednesday.
Prediction: Chicago White Sox -160
Full-Game Total Pick
The UNDER also has a lot of value on Wednesday. First and foremost, Lopez is one of the hottest pitchers in baseball right now and the Royals offense is really bad; they rank No. 28 (out of 30) in runs per game. It should also be noted that the White Sox sit just one spot ahead of them at No. 27 so it’s highly unlikely they’ll put up seven or eight runs by themselves. Look for a 5-2 White Sox victory.
Prediction: Under 10.5