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Preview: White Sox (62-92) at Royals (76-78)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: September 13, 2017 2:15 PM EDT
  

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Skoglund could have not scripted a better major league debut.

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On May 30, he worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed two hits in a 1-0 Kansas City Royals' victory over the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander.

Skoglund, however, has allowed 16 runs on 21 hits over 7 2/3 innings in three starts and one relief appearance since them.

The Royals would like to see the Skoglund of May 30 when he starts Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox in the finale of the three-game series.

"That's what I'm looking for, another one of those," Skoglund said of repeating the success he had in his debut. "To put us in a good position to win. These guys have been battling pretty hard in trying to stay in it. I'm going to do everything in my power to contribute and put us in a good position to win."

Skoglund knows the importance of this start with the Royals in a dogfight to stay in contention for the second American League wild card slot.

"Especially now, every game matters and every win matters," Skoglund said. "That's the way we look at it. I'm excited for the test ahead."

He has not pitched since throwing 81 pitches in a three-inning relief appearance on Sept. 2 at Minnesota.

"I'm extremely excited," he said. "It's nice to get back out there. It's been a little bit. That's always, I think, the most difficult part, is just taking some time off and jumping back out there. It's everything you work for. I've got to do everything I can to help this team win."

The White Sox, who are in last place in the AL Central, will counter with highly-touted rookie right-hander Lucas Giolito, who was acquired in a December 7 trade with the Nationals. He is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts, walking eight and striking out 23 in 25 1/3 innings.

"I don't think a starting pitcher can go into a game trying to avoid bats," Giolito said. "I'll take contact early all day, let my defense work behind me. Strikeouts are useful, but I'm just trying to pitch as deep into the game as possible.

"When you get the opportunity to get ahead of guys, maybe they're taking strikes early in the count, you can try to put them away. But from pitch one, I'm trying to get them out as quickly as I can."

The Royals are aggressive at the plate.

"I try to stick with my strengths," Giolito said. "It's good to know some things off the scouting reports, but I like to pitch to my strengths. That's myriad things, change-up a lot, throwing fastballs up and in a lot. I'll make adjustments off how guys are swinging."

Giolito said he does not consider his September starts as an audition for the 2018 rotation.

"I don't really worry about that kind of thing," he said. "Obviously, with how I've pitched and how I want to continue to pitch, I'd love to be in the starting rotation next year. It's not a worry of mine. I come to the field every day with something to work on to improve myself as a pitcher. On every fifth day, when I get a chance to pitch, I try to go out and pitch as deep in the game as I can to give our team a chance to win."

"I feel like I'm throwing the ball pretty well. I like the way it's coming out. There's still a lot to work on. I need to command my off-speed a little bit better. My last start I fell behind too many batters. I'm hoping tomorrow I can come out and throw strikes."

In his previous start, a loss Friday against San Francisco, Giolito allowed five runs, three earned, on three hits with five strikeouts and four walks. He was ejected in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Gabe Morales for debating strikes and balls.

The Royals and White Sox have split the first two games of the series.

Jose Abreu ended a home run shy of the cycle in Chicago's 11-3 win on Monday while Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in Kansas City's 4-3 win on Tuesday.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
White Sox at Royals
Mon, Sep 11 Final 11 to 3
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 2
White Sox at Royals
Tue, Sep 12 Final 3 to 4
GAME 3
White Sox at Royals
Wed, Sep 13 Final 5 to 3
 Boxscores  •  Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  +138   -145   10 
 KAN  -148   +125   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  +135   -140   10 
 KAN  -150   +120   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  77%   66%   88% 
 KAN  23%   34%   12% 
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BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 12, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 3 Under: 7 
 KAN « 4 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 11, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW « 11 Cover: +160 
 KAN 3 Over: 14 
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 Aug 13, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN « 14 Cover: +100 
 CHW 6 Over: 20 
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 Aug 12, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN « 5 Cover: +100 
 CHW 4 Under: 9 
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 Aug 11, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Push: 9 
 CHW « 6 Cover: +113 
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 Jul 23, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 4 Under: 9 
 KAN « 5 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 22, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 2 Under: 9 
 KAN « 7 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 21, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 6 Over: 13 
 KAN « 7 Cover: +100 
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 May 4, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW « 8 Cover: +138 
 KAN 3 Over: 11 
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 May 3, 2017  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 1 Under: 7 
 KAN « 6 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, Sep 13
 
  •  Tigers at Indians
12:10 PM EDT
  •  White Sox at Royals
2:15 PM EDT
  •  Orioles at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
  •  Braves at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
  •  Marlins at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
  •  Athletics at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
  •  Mariners at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
  •  Mets at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
  •  Pirates at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
  •  Padres at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
  •  Reds at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
  •  Rockies at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
  •  Astros at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
  •  Dodgers at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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