The Chicago White Sox are 22-13 and in first place of the American League Central division. Things have been going so well for them lately as they have now won six straight games after sweeping two series in a row. One of those two series that the White Sox swept came against the Kansas City Royals last week. Since that, the Royals still haven’t won a game as they are now losers of 11 straight. That is something that the White Sox need to take advantage of as they will now host them in a four-game set.
The Chicago White Sox needs to defeat the Kansas City Royals over the weekend.
The first point of emphasis on the series is the Friday doubleheader. Each game will be a 7 inning contest and it would be nice to see the White Sox own the day with a sweep. With Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech on the mound to start each, you have to like their chances. Days like this are what we dreamed about when they were acquired by the White Sox on back to back days in December 2016.
Brad Keller and Jakob Junis are going to be on the mound for the Royals. In the case of Keller, White Sox fans should be super familiar with him at this point for a variety of reasons. They are both right-handed so the Sox aren’t necessarily at an advantage with the handedness but they have shown they can beat both of these guys.
On Saturday, Carlos Rodon is going to start after being pushed back a few days. He will face Mike Minor who the White Sox tagged pretty well last Sunday on Mother’s Day. Minor is a lefty which should be a reason the White Sox can win relatively handily. The following day will see Dylan Cease face Brady Singer. These are all good matchups but the Sox should have the edge.
You can’t necessarily expect the White Sox to sweep them but it would certainly be nice. It would allow them to get well over .500 and extend their winning streak even further. Right now, the goal should just the to win the series. The Royals have a nice roster that can make things difficult on people but they are struggling right now.
Losing 11 in a row is never easy for anyone. You’d have to imagine that they are not happy at all with the way things have gone lately. They are angry but the White Sox need to keep them that way. The Royals are due for a win so the Sox might need their best in order to win games themselves this weekend. Expecting to dominate would lead to trouble but they can win if they do things the right way.