The Chicago White Sox have one last hope vs Royals this week
The Chicago White Sox are a team that is really struggling right now. After being swept by the less-than-stellar Arizona Diamondbacks, they are looking for answers.
Everything seems to be going wrong and they cannot seem to find a solution for what ails them. Their pitching staff has had its ups and downs while the offense has been very stagnant. It doesn’t seem as if anything is going right for the White Sox.
Now, they head into a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals in an attempt to at least try to make things right.
Their playoff hopes are slowly coming to an end but with a good set of games against the Royals, the White Sox may have a shot of getting closer to a postseason berth. But first, they do have to do something positive against the Royals.
The first game of the series takes place on Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field. The pitching matchup features the hot and cold Lucas Giolito going up against Brady Singer.
You never know which Giolito is going to show up on the mound for the Sox so this game is a bit of a toss-up. If he can come in and play well, the Sox have a good chance of winning this game.
Heading into the game, Giolito is sporting a 10-7 record with a whopping 5.14 ERA and 135 strikeouts.
The man opposite him on the mound, Singer comes in with a record of 7-4, a 3.15 ERA, and 120 strikeouts. It just depends on which Giolito shows up tonight that will dictate who wins the game.
Of course, in all this, if the White Sox can’t hit the ball, Giolito could have a very good game and still lose. The Sox need to get their bats going tonight in order to win this game.
The Chicago White Sox have a hard battle with the Kansas City Royals this week.
Wednesday night’s game features Lance Lynn, who has recently come off of the bereavement list, taking on Kris Bubic. Like Giolito, Lynn has been a little inconsistent this season but has been better in his last few starts.
Currently, he features an ERA of 5.00, a record of 3-5, and 83 strikeouts. Remember, he hasn’t played a full season so his numbers are down a bit. Bubic enters Wednesday night’s contest with a record of 2-9, an ERA of 5.62, and just 83 strikeouts.
It would appear as if the White Sox have a slight advantage in this one and barring any kind of breakdown, should be able to at least win the starting pitching match-up.
Thursday is the final day of this three-game series and we will see a pitcher yet to be determined for the Royals pitted against surprise gem Johnny Cueto. Cueto comes in with a record of 6-6, a 2.98 ERA, and 77 strikeouts.
He is known for going through games until the late innings, saving the bullpen, and keeping a quality pitcher on the mound. Unfortunately for him, his struggle has come as a result of poor offense in games he has pitched. Otherwise, he is rock solid.
The offense hasn’t shown up nearly as much as it did last year and the White Sox are losing games because of it.
In fact, you can say that the lack of offense has basically taken them out of the playoff hunt. Only with an offensive explosion in the next few games and a little luck will the White Sox be able to make the playoffs. That’s a long shot. First, they have to get past Kansas City. Can they even do that?