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.
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.
News Breaking News
Chicago White Sox
- Shoulderout 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.
- RestQues Mon | questionable
Anderson is not expected to play Monday against the Twins due to a day of rest.
- PersonalOut 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.
- RestQues 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
- Conditioningout for season | out
Junis has been shut down for the remainder of the 2019 season due to load management.
- Toeout 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.
- RestQues 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.
- RestQues Wed | questionable
Dozier is unlikely to play Wednesday against the White Sox due to a day of rest.
- ShoulderProb 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.
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