If you have been paying as much attention as I have lately, you may have missed the fact that the Royals are kinda good again. Having won four consecutive season series, they look to make it five in a row this afternoon against the division-leading but freefall-adjacent Chicago White Sox.
Yordano Ventura is still trying to make sense of this season. There is little to know readily apparent explanation for why his numbers have tumbled so far so fast to start the year. He's walking twice as many batters as usual (which, for a guy who wasn't shy with walks to begin with, is doubleungood) and striking out far fewer than ever. His 5.45 FIP would be the highest of his career, trumping the 5.33 he put up in 15.1 innings back in 2013.
The Palest of Hoses will counter with Carlos Rodon, a similar aged pitcher with a semi-comparable profile and performance. So, this should be fun.