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Chicago White Socks series preview: This again?

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MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Yet another meaningless series in a slew of meaningless series.

Game times and pitching matchups are as follows:

  • Monday, September 10 — 7:15 PM CDT — Lucas Giolito versus Jakob Junis
  • Tuesday, September 11 — 7:15 PM CDT — TBA versus TBD
  • Wednesday, September 12 — 7:15 PM CDT — Carlos Rodón (L) versus Brad Keller

White Socks 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
Game 1
Lucas Giolito 28 152.1 114 16.9 79 11.7 5.85 5.45 5.49 5.32 0.0 -0.6
Jakob Junis 26 154.0 145 22.0 40 6.1 4.32 4.62 4.19 3.99 1.1 1.2
Game 2
Not Michael Kopech - - - - - - - - - - - -
Not Danny Duffy - - - - - - - - - - - -
Game 3
Carlos Rodón (L) 16 104.1 79 18.5 43 10.1 3.11 4.76 5.22 4.95 0.8 3.1
Brad Keller 38 120.1 81 16.2 44 8.8 3.14 3.71 4.32 4.60 1.8 3.0

Despite having once been able to count himself amongst the games most exciting pitching prospects, Lucas Giolito has had a brutal 2018 season. Believe it or not, he has actually lowered his ERA by more than a run since June 16, when his ERA sat at 7.19 in the midst of a ghastly stretch where his ERA was over 7.00 for more than a month straight. Tuesday’s starters are a mystery. It’s entirely possible they just don’t play the game and both teams take the loss. Carlos Rodón has succeeded thanks almost entirely to his absurdly low .201 BABIP. Regression to the Mean is sure to look at this BABIP with hostility.

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 547 18 72 59 26 .249 .292 .420 .304 92 2.5 2.7
Omar Narváez (L) C 273 6 27 25 0 .278 .369 .422 .346 121 1.8 1.5
Yolmer Sánchez (S) 3B 578 7 54 48 13 .251 .319 .382 .307 94 1.6 2.8
José Abreu 1B 526 22 67 78 2 .272 .331 .491 .345 120 1.4 1.9
Matt Davidson 1B/3B 436 20 49 58 0 .235 .330 .451 .338 115 1.2 1.4
Yoán Moncada (S) 2B 578 17 65 56 11 .225 .304 .394 .303 92 1.2 1.4
Kevan Smith C 162 1 17 16 1 .297 .352 .351 .313 98 0.5 0.4
Welington Castillo C 142 6 13 15 0 .244 .282 .415 .300 89 0.4 0.6
Ryan LaMarre OF 49 2 5 7 1 .304 .327 .522 .356 128 0.4 0.9
Daniel Palka (L) DH/OF 382 21 47 55 2 .237 .285 .469 .319 102 0.2 0.1
Avisaíl García RF 323 16 41 40 3 .242 .276 .450 .307 94 0.1 0.3
Adam Engel CF 414 5 45 27 15 .234 .273 .332 .265 65 0.1 0.7
José Rondón IF 80 4 10 11 2 .253 .300 .480 .332 111 0.1 0.5
Nick Delmonico (L) LF 279 8 29 24 1 .215 .301 .389 .300 89 -0.2 -0.4
Ryan Cordell CF 10 0 1 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 -0.2 -0.4

Chicago gets José Abreu back today.

Poll

How will the Royals fare against Chicago?

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  • 17%
    Royals sweep
    (15 votes)
  • 58%
    Royals take two of three
    (50 votes)
  • 18%
    White Socks take two of three
    (16 votes)
  • 4%
    White Socks sweep
    (4 votes)
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