After an abysmal weekend for the Chicago White Sox on all fronts against the best team in baseball in the Minnesota Twins, the South Siders are back to playing the bottom feeders, starting the with the Royals. The Sox offense will look to rebound after scoring only five runs over the weekend, including the current streak of no runs the past 14 frames. Meanwhile, the pitching will look to vastly improve after allowing 26 runs the past three games, with Ivan Nova on the bump.
Nova was decent his last time out against the Houston Astros, only allowing three runs over seven innings, and has had a quality start in three of his last four games. He has not pitched against many in the Royals lineup, as only two hitters have seen Nova more than 10 times (Alex Gordon and Billy Hamilton) so this will be a new experience for everyone.
Sox hitters are up against Homer Bailey, who is still in the league, for some reason. Bailey has not had an ERA of less than 5.00 since 2014, as his velocity dipped after multiple injuries. Bailey is no Nova, is as he has allowed five runs in both of his last two starts, including his last one where he didn’t make it out of the second inning. Bailey has only faced four Sox hitters total and one is Jon Jay, who allegedly plays for the White Sox. Speaking of Jay, here is an update on him:
Jon Jay is here. Appears close to minor league rehab stint.— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) May 27, 2019
No Anderson, Leury again today. pic.twitter.com/w0x9k9rumi— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) May 27, 2019
And the now 24-year-old Yoan Moncada will lead off once again.