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Gamethread: Royals at White Sox

Matt Davidson has two home runs in three career at-bats against K.C. starter Jakob Junis; can he improve on that 2.667 slugging percentage?

Chicago White Sox v Kansas City Royals
Matt Davidson Likes Facing the Royals: I mean, he really, really, really, really likes facing the Royals.
Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

OK folks, I’m on the road today and had to schedule this before lineups were unleashed, so if someone would be so kind as to drop lineups in the comments, where you’re more likely to read/see them anyway, I will award you 1,000 South Side Sox Reader Loyalty Points™ redeemable toward a future Helmet Nacho configuration of your choosing.

I’ll say one thing: If Matt Davidson isn’t in the lineup today, the Ricky Renteria Era has officially jumped the shark.

Now, what I do know for certain are the pitching matchups:

Dylan Covey runs out there for the White Sox, and if he makes it through two innings, he’ll have passed his 2017 workload. The bad news is that based on recent results, reaching that milestone is no guarantee. Not only has Covey surrendered eight homers in his last seven starts, the Royals have generally hit him well: Whit Merrifield has been hopeless, but Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon all are licking their chops.

Flip side, K.C. runs out Jakob Junis, who has been run out of his last two starts early. His season stats are similar enough to Covey’s that you might want to take the over on total runs. No one in the White Sox lineup has had more than three career at-bats against Junis, but two White Sox have really enjoyed what they’ve seen. Yoán Moncada has a home run in three ABs facing Junis, and Royals murderer Davidson has two in three ABs, for a slugging percentage of eleventy billion.

Well, turns out the Sox dropped their lineup early today...