White Sox 5, Royals 3: Top of the Order Carries Sox to Third Consecutive Win

Follow the leader was the name of the game on Saturday night as the White Sox’s top three hitters in the lineup accounted for all five hits and four of their five runs in a victory over the Kansas City Royals, their third consecutive victory.

The White Sox pushed their record to 25-15, 10 games above .500, and held onto first place in the American League Central for another day.

Southpaw Sadness

Coming into the game the White Sox were a perfect 12-0 when facing a left-handed starter, hitting .303/.381/.574 (101-333) with 23 home runs. Royals’ southpaw Kris Bubic — who entered the game 0-4 with a 5.46 ERA never really stood a chance against the White Sox team that has feasted on left-handed pitching in 2020.

Tim Anderson opened the game with a leadoff double to deep center field and Jose Abreu crushed a two-run home run into the waterfalls in left-center field two batters later to give the White Sox an early lead.

Bubic allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk in his seven innings of work, and while his defense did him no favors and a did a nice job of limiting the damage throughout, it wasn’t good enough to stop the White Sox from their ninth consecutive victory over the Royals on the campaign.

Views from the Top

By winning their 25th ballgame of the season, the White Sox held onto their hold of the top spot in the American League Central with just 20 games remaining in the regular season.

The White Sox trail only the Tampa Bay Rays for the best win total in the American League and hold a half-game lead over both the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins who each won on Saturday night.

Jose Abreu, American League MVP?

While his first-inning home run was his only hit of the evening, Jose Abreu is cementing himself as a bona fide candidate for the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award.

Through 164 at-bats Abreu is hitting .317 with a .988 OPS, 13 home runs, and 40 RBI. That’s an RBI for each game played, which would put him on pace for 162 RBI over the course of a full-length season. His 13 home runs through 40 games would put him on pace for 53 home runs extrapolated over a 162 game season, which would break Albert Belle‘s franchise record of 48 set back in 1998.

Aside from the monstrous production this season, Abreu has come through with clutch hit, after clutch hit for a team that’s turned into a playoff contender in 2020.

Regression and pundits (myself included) be damned, Jose Abreu is staking his case for the MVP award in 2020.

The Human Highlight Reel Strikes Again

Another day, another Luis Robert highlight reel, this time in the form of an insane diving catch to take away for sure extra bases from Maikel Franco in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday night.

On Deck

The White Sox and Royals are back in action this afternoon in the season finale between the two clubs as the White Sox look to go a perfect 10-0 against Kansas City in 2020.

Dallas Keuchel (5-2, 2.42 ERA) will take the hill for the White Sox, opposed by Matt Harvey (0-2, 14.09 ERA) for Kansas City.

Featured Photo: Chicago White Sox via Twitter

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