Chicago White Sox vs Kansas City Royals
Jake Peavy vd Zack Greinke
With the big bat of Paul Konerko swinging for the baseball betting fences, the White Sox offense has made an impact in the month of June, and is a big reason why Chicago has climbed to within two games of the division-leading Minnesota Twins. Konerko’s 20 home runs are good for first in the Majors, tied with Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and. The White Sox are 8-2 over their past ten games, which has improved their record in the month of June to 50-31 over the past three seasons. Over that span, Chicago has not only played well on offense, but improved their fielding as well, and in the past 14 games, the White Sox have committed just three errors combined as a team. Playing solid baseball on the road as well as at home, as evidenced by their 20-17 away record, Chicago now turns to Jake Peavy once again to help close the gap between them and first place Minnesota even further.
Despite being tied with the Texas Rangers for best bet on baseball team batting average in the major leagues, an item that was a big weakness for Kansas City only one year ago, the Royals have not competed in the American League Central as expected this season. Currently 13 games below .500, the Royals are 9.5 back of division-leading Minnesota, and have struggled mightily both at home and on the road. Now, they put the ball in the hand of ace Zach Grienke, whose pitching struggles serve as an appropriate representation of just how bad the Royals have been this year. The clock is ticking for both Grienke and the Royals, and it is only a matter of time before it is too late for Kansas City once again.
The White Sox took the second of the three-game set between these teams Tuesday night in Kansas City 4-3, just 24 hours after dropping the opener in a 3-1 loss. Losers of two of their past three after winning an incredible 11 straight, Chicago is looking to get back on track against a Royals team that has struggled this season, but it could be tougher than it looks, especially given the capabilities of starting pitcher Zach Grienke, and the disappointing season that he has had so far.