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Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Preview and Predictions 04-17-2019 in MLB


Yoan Moncada is coming off the first multi-homer performance of his career as he looks to help the Chicago White Sox complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon. Moncada hit two of Chicago's four homers in Tuesday's 5-1 triumph while raising his batting average to .333.

Leury Garcia hit a two-run shot and Yonder Alonso broke out of a slump by going 4-for-4 with a blast as the White Sox won for the fourth time in five games. Alonso was just 7-for-46 on the season before Tuesday's strong effort, which raised his average 68 points to .220. Lucas Duda's homer accounted for Kansas City's lone run on Tuesday as he has gone deep in two of his last three contests after beginning the season with a nine-game drought. Hunter Dozier went 0-for-3 to halt his string of five consecutive multi-hit performances.

TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, NBCS Chicago

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Brad Keller (2-1, 2.45 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (2-1, 6.19)

Keller gave up one run and three hits while registering a career-best 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of a victory over Cleveland in his last outing. The 23-year-old issued five bases on balls and has given up nearly as many walks (13) as hits (15) in 25 2/3 frames this year. Keller dominated the White Sox on March 28, when he allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings while recording the victory to improve to 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA in eight career appearances (five starts) versus the club.



Giolito defeated the New York Yankees in his last start but wasn't particularly sharp as he allowed six runs - four earned - and six hits over five innings. The 24-year-old was much better in his first outing of the season, when he gave up two runs and three hits with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 frames while beating the Royals on March 31. Giolito always has fared well against Kansas City as he sports a 4-0 record with a 2.40 ERA and .184 opponents' batting average in seven career outings.

WALK-OFFS

1. White Sox SS Tim Anderson was hitless in three at-bats on Tuesday, dropping his average to .421.

2. Kansas City C Martin Maldonado (illness) was scratched from Tuesday's lineup but hopes to return for the series finale.

3. Chicago RF Daniel Palka fanned twice in three hitless at-bats on Tuesday and is 0-for-32 with 15 strikeouts this season.

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

Last Injuries

Chicago White Sox

  • Jon Jay

    Hip
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Jay is on the 10-day injured list due to soreness in his hip and back. He is likely to be held out of action until at least the early part of May.

  • Lucas Giolito

    Hamstring
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Giolito has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left hamstring strain and is not expected to return until the beginning of May.

  • Tim Anderson

    Suspension
    Elig Sun | out

    Anderson has been given a one-game suspension for his role in an on-field altercation. He will be eligible to return Sunday against the Tigers.

  • Yoan Moncada

    Concussion
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Moncada left the previous game to be evaluated for a concussion. Tests turned up negative, leaving his status for Thursday's contest against the Tigers in question.

  • Michael Kopech

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Kopech is on the 60-day injured list while recovering from Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss the entire 2019 season.

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Kansas City Royals

  • Brad Keller

    Suspension
    Elig Wed | out

    Keller has been suspended five games for intentionally hitting a batter and will be eligible to return Wednesday against the Rays.

  • Brian Flynn

    Elbow
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Flynn is dealing with left elbow soreness and has been designated for the 10-day injured list. The club is aiming for him to return by the beginning of May.

  • Danny Duffy

    Shoulder
    Ques Fri | 10-day IL

    Duffy has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder tightness, and it is uncertain if he will return Friday against the Angels.

  • Brad Keller

    Suspension
    Elig Wed | out

    Keller has been issued a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing at a batter. He is allowed to return against the Rays for Wednesday's contest.

  • Whit Merrifield

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Merrifield will not be in the starting lineup against the White Sox on Wednesday as he will recieve a day of rest.

  • Martin Maldonado

    Illness
    Prob Wed | probable

    Maldonado was absent from the lineup during the last game with an illness but it is likely the symptoms will subside in time for Wednesday's matchup against the White Sox.

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Mondesi is not expected to participate in Tuesday's game against the White Sox due to a day of rest.

  • Eric Skoglund

    Suspension
    Elig June 26 | out

    Skoglund has been issued an 80-game suspension for violating the league's stance on performance-enhancing drugs. He will be allowed to play June 26 against the Indians.

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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
Terrance Gore 10 3 12 5 5 1 1 0 1 8 4 5 2 .417 .667 .462
Brian Goodwin 19 15 52 13 18 3 1 3 9 32 0 13 0 .346 .615 .435
Alex Gordon 21 21 79 14 25 9 0 4 20 46 0 10 0 .316 .582 .398
Hunter Dozier 20 20 69 11 21 4 0 6 11 43 0 17 1 .304 .623 .410
Whit Merrifield 22 21 94 16 28 4 2 3 10 45 5 15 2 .298 .479 .323
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
Jake Diekman 11 0 25 9 3 6 0 0 5 0 0 0 6 172
Brad Boxberger 10 0 28 10 0 14 3 0 10 0 0 2 7 197
Ian Kennedy 10 0 33 13 0 9 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 175
Wily Peralta 10 0 30 5 0 11 1 0 7 0 0 1 5 174
Kevin McCarthy 6 0 11 0 1 10 1 0 8 0 0 0 4 80
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Martin Maldonado 17 17 0 6 3 1 0 2
Cam Gallagher 6 5 0 4 0 0 0 0
Adalberto Mondesi 21 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
Alex Gordon 21 21 0 0 0 0 3 0
Billy Hamilton 19 18 0 0 0 0 1 0