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Chicago White Socks series preview: Will this ever end?

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MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The enthusiasm that has built up for this series is without bounds. There is so much riding on this series for both teams that it is almost overwhelming.

Game times and pitching matchups are as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 31 — 7:10 PM — Danny Duffy (L) versus James Shields
  • Wednesday, August 1 — 7:10 PM — Jakob Junis versus Dylan Covey
  • Thursday, August 2 — 1:10 PM — Brad Keller versus Reynaldo López

Royals at White Socks 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
Game 1
Danny Duffy (L) 22 126.1 113 20.2 58 10.4 4.70 4.88 4.98 4.78 0.5 1.0
James Shields 23 137.0 104 17.8 53 9.0 4.53 4.62 5.05 4.92 1.2 0.7
Game 2
Jakob Junis 19 110.1 101 20.8 32 6.6 5.06 5.42 4.51 4.19 -0.2 0.1
Dylan Covey 13 68.1 50 16.2 30 9.7 5.40 4.62 4.42 4.63 0.5 -0.3
Game 3
Brad Keller 31 76.0 45 14.1 32 10.0 3.43 3.83 4.48 4.79 0.9 1.9
Reynaldo López 21 122.0 86 16.3 55 10.4 4.57 5.30 5.70 5.38 0.4 0.8

Medium Game James is still kicking it. He’s been serviceable this year. Not so serviceable that Rick Hahn and the Pail Hose front office wouldn’t like a take-back on shipping Fernando Tatis Jr. to San Diego for Shields, but serviceable all the same. Dylan Covey still has two arms and throws baseballs with one of them. He is, um, not exciting. Reynaldo López is still trying to put together the puzzle that could unlock his potential.

Chicago White Socks position players

Name Pos PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR rWAR
Name Pos PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR rWAR
Tim Anderson SS 403 14 54 43 21 .241 .291 .402 .299 88 1.6 2.0
Yoán Moncada (S) 2B 429 13 52 43 11 .228 .306 .406 .310 95 1.3 1.8
Omar Narváez (L) C 188 4 15 19 0 .290 .355 .438 .345 120 1.1 1.0
Yolmer Sánchez (S) 3B/SS 424 6 37 43 10 .247 .303 .389 .300 89 0.9 1.7
Matt Davidson 1B/3B 327 15 35 40 0 .221 .327 .439 .333 111 0.8 1.1
Leury García (S) Util 225 4 22 27 11 .285 .313 .407 .311 96 0.6 1.5
Avisaíl García RF 181 11 24 24 0 .277 .293 .526 .343 118 0.5 0.9
José Abreu 1B 442 16 52 59 1 .258 .319 .455 .328 108 0.4 0.5
Kevan Smith C 104 0 11 10 1 .309 .356 .340 .312 97 0.3 0.4
Daniel Palka (L) DH/OF 254 15 35 38 2 .242 .283 .500 .329 108 0.2 0.1
Nick Delmonico (L) LF/RF 158 3 15 11 1 .234 .335 .380 .318 101 0.2 0.3
Adam Engel CF 298 2 33 20 11 .221 .274 .306 .258 60 -0.2 0.1

In total, the Pale Hoes have slashed .244/.302/.406 with a .306 wOBA and a 93 wRC+. That’s not very good, but it’s better than the Royals. Really that’s a succinct summary of the White Sox season on the whole. Look for their entire offense to feast on Royals pitching, as Matt Davidson and Tim Anderson especially have seemed to hang dong every trip to the plate against Kansas City.

Poll

How will the Royals fare on the South Side?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Royals sweep
    (27 votes)
  • 39%
    Royals take two of three
    (93 votes)
  • 38%
    Pail Hoes take two of three
    (89 votes)
  • 10%
    White Socks sweep
    (25 votes)
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