White Sox vs Royals Free Pick April 26, 2018
Larry Ness White Sox vs Royals Free Pick
Start Time: April 26 2018, 8:15 PM
The Royals have lost eight of ten and they enter off a two-game inter league series loss to the Brewers. A date vs. the lowly White Sox is just what the doctor ordered though to get untracked (note that Chicago has lost nine of its last ten.)
The visitors hand the ball to the volatile Lucas Giolito (0-3, 9.00 ERA) who was most recently shelled for nine runs off five hits and seven walks with just one K over two innings in a 10-1 loss to Houston on Saturday.
Giolito had a decent spring showing, but that performance has not carried over into the regular season. Note that just 31 of his 72 pitches were for strikes in his latest setback. Also note that Giolito has now walked 19 batters over his 20 innings of work thus far.
The home side counters with Jake Junis (3-1, 2.03), who earned a win over Detroit in his latest outing, giving up two runs off four hits and a walk over eight innings while striking out four. Junis threw 72 of his 106 pitches for strikes and there’s no reason not to think that the hard-throwing right-hander won’t be able to carry that momentum over here.
For the most MLB handicapping comes down to the starting pitching, and when trying to properly assess a starting pitcher, often “recent form” is the best indicator we have in doing that.
Recent form displayed by these two starters suggests that Giolito has another long night ahead of him. Junis on the other hand has a prime opportunity here against this anemic White Sox line-up. Consider laying the price in this big time mismatch on the mound.
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