Still searching for their sixth win of the season, the Kansas City Royals have two shots at victory against the visiting Chicago White Sox with a doubleheader to make up for a rain out back on April 1 turning this series into a five-game affair.
The Pale Hose took the first two games largely thanks to Brian Dozier reincarnate Matt Davidson, who has hung seven dongs at Kauffman Stadium this season. Yes, seven. Seven dongs. It’s April 28. Clearly Dayton Moore messed with the parking lots at the K this past offseason.
With rosters expanding to 26 players on account of the doubleheader, the Royals will call upon Trevor Oaks to make his first major-league start. The key get for the Royals in the three-team deal that sent Joakim Soria to Chicago, Oaks’s presence on the 40-man roster makes him an easy add for the day, as opting for Clay Buchholz would have required a player to be jettisoned from the 40-man roster.
Oaks has been pitching in AAA since part-way through the 2016 season with the Dodgers. A groundball pitcher who lives off his sinker, the 6’3” righty has pitched well (if not spectacularly) in Omaha so far in 2018. His 3.09 ERA looks pretty good in the Pacific Coast League, but his 3.80 FIP, 5.24 xFIP, 11.8 K%, and .250 BABIP suggest luck has been his lady through his first four starts.
Ever obsessed with inventory, Buchholz will likely be called upon by Dayton Moore to join the major-league club in the next two days (Blaine Boyer seems like a prime candidate for designation for assignment) before he has the chance to opt into free agency on May 1, but today is Oaks’s day.
The Pail Hoes will trot out Carson Fulmer in the first game of the doubleheader. The eighth-overall pick of the 2015 draft, Fulmer has thrown 53.0 innings over the past three seasons. His 6.00 ERA this season is only slightly higher than his 5.60 career mark, and his 5.75 FIP, 5.82 xFIP, and 5.23 SIERA all suggest he doesn’t have the majors figured out quite yet.