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Royals series preview: The Chicago White Sox

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago White Sox Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Why apply lipstick to this pig by writing an intro for an intradivisional team who have fully embraced their place in the cellar? This would be like previewing the 2008 Royals when Zack Greinke wasn’t pitching in a series.

Game times and pitching matchups are as follows:

  • Friday, July 21, 7:15 PM CDT - James Shields versus Ian Kennedy
  • Saturday, July 22, 6:15 PM CDT - Mike Pelfrey versus Jason Vargas (L)
  • Sunday, July 23, 1:15 PM CDT - Derek Holland (L) versus Travis Wood (L)

White Sox at Royals pitching matchups

Pitcher G IP K K% BB BB% ERA FIP xFIP SIERA fWAR rWAR
Pitcher G IP K K% BB BB% ERA FIP xFIP SIERA fWAR rWAR
James Shields 8 42.1 31 16.3 22 11.6 5.10 6.82 6.21 5.63 -0.4 0.2
Ian Kennedy 17 93.2 82 21.4 37 9.7 4.32 5.27 5.04 4.68 0.2 1.3
Mike Pelfrey 17 73.2 48 14.8 33 10.2 4.64 5.32 5.29 5.31 0.2 0.3
Jason Vargas (L) 18 109.0 82 18.3 29 6.5 3.06 4.03 4.85 4.67 1.7 3.5
Derek Holland (L) 18 97.1 81 18.7 39 9.0 5.18 5.66 5.07 4.87 0.1 -0.5
Travis Wood (L) 27 37.0 25 14.3 19 10.9 6.81 4.81 5.81 5.36 0.0 -0.6

With José Quintana having moved north, the Royals will be pulling favorable draws throughout the weekend series against the rebuilding White Stockings. When Mike Pelfrey is the best pitcher you’re throwing out there in a three-game series, things are not going well for your rotation. To put it most simply, Travis Wood might actually be the better pitcher when his turn comes up in the rotation.

Remember when some people wanted the Royals to re-sign James Shields? Fun times.

Chicago White Sox position players

Player Pos PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR rWAR
Player Pos PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR rWAR
Avisail Garcia RF 341 13 44 54 4 .313 .358 .508 .366 130 2.6 3.0
José Abreu 1B 396 16 54 59 0 .291 .343 .508 .358 124 1.7 1.8
Yolmer Sanchez (S) IF 291 4 34 25 4 .264 .325 .391 .309 91 1.0 1.5
Omar Narvaez (L) C 162 1 14 8 0 .262 .350 .305 .298 83 0.7 0.5
Melky Cabrera (S) LF 390 12 51 54 0 .286 .330 .425 .324 101 0.4 0.8
Adam Engel CF 104 2 16 5 5 .233 .317 .333 .291 78 0.3 0.4
Yoan Moncada (S) 2B 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .231 37 0.0 0.0
Matt Davidson DH/3B 275 18 31 43 0 .243 .280 .498 .324 101 -0.1 0.0
Alen Hanson (S) 3B/OF 59 1 13 3 2 .245 .322 .340 .294 80 -0.2 0.1
Kevan Smith C 151 1 12 14 0 .268 .289 .345 .274 66 -0.2 -0.6
Tyler Saladino Util 137 0 10 5 2 .202 .296 .277 .262 58 -0.2 0.2
Tim Anderson SS 343 9 37 28 6 .242 .266 .367 .271 64 -0.7 0.0

They just shipped off Todd Frazier and Leury Garcia is on the DL, so 2.7 wins of their 6.7 fWAR are not with the team this weekend. Added to the mix, of course, is arguably the game’s top prospect, Yoan Moncada, who was just called up on Wednesday. The rebuild is on, and Moncada is at the fore, but whether or not he can be a positive contributor at the major-league level this early is anyone’s guess. They have slashed .257/.315/.414 with a .313 wOBA and a 93 wRC+. While it may be less than enjoyable to preview a team that is still a far cry form being competitive, it could be worse: you could be stuck writing about them full-time right now. Their future may be bright, but that future is a ways off.

Poll

Who wins the series?

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Royals sweep
    (105 votes)
  • 46%
    Royals take two of three
    (108 votes)
  • 3%
    Pale Hoes take two of three
    (9 votes)
  • 3%
    Pale Hoes sweep
    (8 votes)
230 votes total Vote Now

All stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference through action on Thursday, July 20.

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