Results: L, 0Analysis: 922 Chicago White
Sox at Kansas City
The White Sox
and Royals will continue their AL Central series when Andre Rienzo
and Yordano Ventura face off on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
This looks like a great matchup for the Royals, a team that the
statistics suggest is ready for a major breakout. Left-handed
batters are slugging .483 off of Rienzo so far this season through
71 plate appearances and that's a continuation of last season when
lefties slugged .455 in 165 plate appearances. Lefties have posted
a .347 wOBA against Rienzo in his career.
continue to struggle as a Major Leaguer because of below average
whiff rates on all of his pitches. For a guy that pitches to
contact, Rienzo has a Major League walk rate above 11 percent.
Rienzo has also seen a major upswing in fly balls after posting an
above average ground ball rate last season. The White Sox are also
-14 defensive runs saved so far this season, which will definitely
have an impact with guys like Rienzo that don't strike out many
Ventura gets a crack at a right-handed heavy lineup minus Jose
Abreu and that's a great matchup for a guy like him. Ventura has
posted a 1.13 WHIP with 53 K in 48.2 innings of work. He's also
seen increases in both his ground ball rate and pop up rate, which
is a big reason why his batting average against is just .213. He's
pitching ahead in the count more with a first-pitch strike
percentage increase of over seven percent.
So far this
month nobody is striking out more than the White Sox, who are
striking out in nearly 26 percent of their plate appearances.
Speaking of monthly stats, the Royals have the third-lowest BABIP
despite the lowest percentage of strikeouts. Progression to the
mean should be coming for the Royals on balls in play and facing
off against a pitch-to-contact guy with a bad defense should start
KANSAS CITY -1.5
Pick Made: May 20 2014 5:36AM PST