Chicago White Sox (57–87 SU) @ Kansas City Royals (72–74 SU)
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017, Kauffman Stadium
Giolito (+135) vs. Skoglund (-150)
On Wednesday afternoon, the White Sox and Royals will continue their series with a 2:15 P.M ET game at beautiful Kauffman Stadium. It will be the third game of the series, with each team snagging a win in the first two games.
Abreu, Giolito Lead Sox Into Wednesday’s Game
The White Sox are not making an appearance in this year’s postseason, that’s no secret. However, the franchise has been playing some good baseball lately, winning three of their last four games.
In fact, when you look at the numbers, they haven’t just won…they have dominated. Over the course of their last four contests, the offense has been able to produce 35 runs (or 8.75/game), which equates to more than twice their season average of 4.32.
Longtime Sox slugger Jose Abreu has been the guy leading the charge, highlighted by two four-hit performances during their recent surge. One of those four hit games was for the cycle, and in total, he’s gone 11 for 18.
On Wednesday, the team will look to build on their recent success, as they turn to one of the best young pitchers in the American League — Lucas Giolito. This season, Giolito has been dynamite, pitching to an ERA of 2.84 in four starts.
Royals Lean On Young, Struggling Lefty
Unlike the White Sox, the Kansas City Royals are still alive and well in the postseason race. While it won’t be a division title, the American League Wild Card is still up for grabs and that’s where the Royals find themselves.
As of Wednesday night, Kansas City is just three games back of the final WC spot.
The Royals have won three of their last four games, picking up one win in Game Two of this series and two wins off of the Twins at the end of their series. Ironically, the Twins hold the final WC spot.
On Wednesday, the Royals will try and keep the good times rolling in their afternoon game. Unfortunately, their starting pitcher — Eric Skoglund — has had a tough time in his last few outings. Since returning to the team at the end of August, Skoglund has made just two appearances, each of which was very ugly. In 4.1 innings over that time frame, the young lefty has allowed 10 earned runs.
The Royals have a clean bill of health and will be at full strength on Wednesday.
- 3-1 in their last 4 games overall
- 1-3 in their last 4 games with Skoglund starting
Even though the trends aren’t overpowering, I haven’t liked a game this much in a long while. For starters, why are the Royals -150? They are going up against one of the best young pitchers in baseball, Lucas Giolito, and are starting one of the least effective pitchers in baseball, Eric Skoglund. Plus, it’s not like the White Sox are getting stomped out recently, they are playing good baseball, complete with a 3–1 record in their last four games.
While the Royals do have the advantage in terms of how much the game means, the recent play by Chicago shows that they aren’t laying down for anyone.
First pitch for Wednesday’s contest is set for 2:15 P.M ET, and if you have a few extra dollars laying around, make sure to ride with Giolito and the South Siders!