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Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019


Jorge Soler will get a chance to continue his push for the American League home run crown when his Kansas City Royals take on the host Chicago White Sox in the rubber match of a three-game series Thursday. Soler clubbed his 42nd and 43rd home runs in Wednesday's 8-6 win, pulling him within two of Mike Trout for the AL lead with 16 games to play.

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The 27-year-old Soler, who also doubled and singled Wednesday, has seven blasts over his last 12 games and 25 on the road this season. However, Soler is just 1-for-13 with seven strikeouts against Thursday's starter Lucas Giolito. Rookie Eloy Jimenez slugged a grand slam to help Chicago to a 7-3 win in the series opener and had a three-run shot to go along with four RBIs in Wednesday's setback. Teammate Jose Abreu added a two-run homer and leads the AL with 114 RBIs, eight more than Soler.

TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, WGN (Chicago)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Jorge Lopez (3-7, 6.23 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (14-8, 3.27)

Lopez has been in and out of the rotation all season but certainly earned himself another start after a six-inning gem at Miami on Friday. He held the Marlins scoreless on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks to improve to 3-1 after starting the season 0-6. Yoan Moncada is 3-for-8 with two home runs against Lopez, who has a 6.19 ERA in three career meetings (two starts) with the White Sox.

Giolito is 0-2 over his last three starts despite a respectable 3.79 ERA. He had a no-decision after giving up two runs and just three hits in seven solid frames against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. The 25-year-old is 3-1 with a 2.32 ERA in five starts against the Royals this year.

WALK-OFFS

1. White Sox SS Tim Anderson had a pair of hits Wednesday to raise his AL-leading average to .333.

2. Royals 1B Ryan O'Hearn is 3-for-4 with two home runs and two walks in the series.

3. The season series is tied at nine wins apiece entering the 19th and final matchup between the teams.

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Stadium

U.S. Cellular Field
Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Capacity: 41,432

Last Injuries

Chicago White Sox

  • Dylan Covey

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Covey is on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder soreness, and it is unlikely that he will make another scheduled start this season.

  • Tim Anderson

    Rest
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Anderson is not expected to play Monday against the Twins due to a day of rest.

  • Leury Garcia

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Garcia is away from the team due to the passing of his grandmother and is allowed to miss up to a maximum of seven games.

  • Tim Anderson

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Anderson is not expected to be in the lineup Sunday against the Angels as he will likely receive a routine day off for rest.

Kansas City Royals

  • Jakob Junis

    Conditioning
    out for season | out

    Junis has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season due to load management.

  • Kelvin Gutierrez

    Toe
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Gutierrez has a fractured right toe and is expected to spend the remainder of the season on the 60-day injured list.

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Mondesi is likely to be absent from the starting lineup against the White Sox on Thursday as he is expected to be given a day of rest.

  • Hunter Dozier

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Dozier is unlikely to play Wednesday against the White Sox due to a day of rest.

  • Jake Newberry

    Shoulder
    Prob Tues | probable

    Newberry has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from right shoulder inflammation. He is expected to be available Tuesday against the White Sox.

kansas-city-royals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Homer Bailey 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Jorge Bonifacio 5 5 20 3 7 3 0 0 3 10 0 7 0 .350 .500 .381
Whit Merrifield 154 153 647 100 196 39 9 16 74 301 18 117 10 .303 .465 .351
Hunter Dozier 131 130 492 71 138 28 9 26 82 262 2 137 2 .280 .533 .351
Terrance Gore 37 13 51 13 14 2 1 0 1 18 13 18 5 .275 .353 .362
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Ian Kennedy 60 0 181 70 1 61 5 1 22 0 0 1 17 1048
Scott Barlow 57 0 200 89 3 60 6 3 32 0 0 7 35 1229
Kevin McCarthy 51 0 164 34 2 67 4 6 31 0 0 1 21 838
Jake Diekman 48 0 125 63 8 33 3 0 23 0 0 1 23 783
Wily Peralta 42 0 121 24 2 45 7 1 28 0 0 4 19 673
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Cam Gallagher 45 36 0 20 5 1 0 1
Martin Maldonado 74 70 0 18 9 2 0 4
Meibrys Viloria 37 35 0 12 9 1 0 3
Nick Dini 15 13 1 6 4 1 0 1
Adalberto Mondesi 99 98 0 0 0 6 0 0