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Chicago White Socks series preview: The Bad, the Worse and the Ugly

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MLB: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals head to Guaranteed Rate Field to face the slightly less lowly Chicago White Socks. The South Side nine have been pretty bad, but they have a 7.5 game lead on the Royals, so things could have gone worse.

Game times and pitching matchups are as follows:

  • Friday, August 17 — 7:10 PM CDT — Jake Junis versus James Shields
  • Saturday, August 18 — 6:10 PM CDT — Brad Keller versus Dylan Covey
  • Sunday, August 19 — 1:10 PM — Heath Fillmyer versus Reynaldo López

All stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference

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
Jake Junis 22 127.0 122 22.1 37 6.7 4.82 5.06 4.30 4.04 0.3 0.4
James Shields 26 157.0 122 18.2 60 9.0 4.41 4.75 5.02 4.87 1.2 0.7
Game 2
Brad Keller 34 95.1 62 15.7 40 10.1 3.40 3.73 4.44 4.77 1.4 2.2
Dylan Covey 16 81.2 59 15.7 36 9.6 6.06 4.54 4.56 4.78 0.7 -1.1
Game 3
Heath Fillmyer 10 42.1 24 13.5 22 12.4 3.61 4.95 5.20 5.52 0.1 0.6
Reynaldo López 24 141.0 98 16.1 60 9.9 4.40 5.08 5.64 5.32 0.8 1.3

James Shields is less bad than he’s been the last couple years. Dylan Covey seems to have caught whatever James Shields had. The Pail Hose are still waiting for Reynaldo López to realize his potential.

Chicago Pale Hoes 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 457 15 60 48 22 .242 .287 .401 .296 86 1.5 1.6
Omar Narváez (L) C 224 5 21 21 0 .282 .369 .431 .349 122 1.5 1.1
José Abreu 1B 508 21 64 73 1 .268 .327 .484 .341 117 1.1 1.6
Yoán Moncada (S) 2B 489 15 56 46 11 .219 .301 .394 .302 90 1.0 1.4
Yolmer Sanchez (S) 3B 489 7 43 45 10 .247 .301 .388 .299 88 1.0 2.1
Matt Davidson 3B/1B 348 17 39 44 0 .227 .330 .455 .340 116 0.9 1.2
Kevan Smith C 122 0 13 12 1 .283 .328 .310 .286 79 0.1 0.2
Daniel Palka (L) DH/OF 307 18 38 49 2 .238 .280 .483 .321 103 0.1 0.0
Avisaíl García RF 245 13 29 27 1 .239 .269 .461 .308 94 0.0 0.1
Adam Engel CF 334 4 37 24 12 .221 .268 .326 .261 62 -0.1 0.7
Nick Delmonico (L) LF 206 3 19 11 1 .221 .316 .354 .298 87 -0.1 -0.3

The position players on the South Side have been worth 6.5 fWAR thus far this season. That’s 0.3 more than the Royals, so one could reasonably read that to mean that they also haven’t been good. They’ve slashed .241/.300/.405 with a .304 wOBA and 92 wRC+. This was all made possible by middling production from a roster full of mostly middling players with a sprinkling of talented players not yet living up to their potential—*cough* Yoán Moncada *cough*.

Poll

How will the Royals fare on the South Side?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Royals sweep
    (11 votes)
  • 32%
    Royals take two of three
    (40 votes)
  • 31%
    Pail Hose take two of three
    (39 votes)
  • 7%
    Pale Hoes sweep
    (9 votes)
  • 20%
    Gamboa
    (25 votes)
124 votes total Vote Now