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White Sox vs. Royals Monday MLB probable pitchers, odds: Johnny Cueto called up for Chicago debut

Two-time All-Star pitcher Johnny Cueto will make his White Sox debut tonight.
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Perhaps no team in the majors has been hit harder by injuries than the Chicago White Sox since the tail end of spring training. Cy Young contenders Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn are currently out, with Lynn not having pitched yet this season and not expected to do so for at least a month. Thus, the Sox are hoping that former two-time All-Star Johnny Cueto can help hold down the fort. He's being called up from the minors to start a series opener in Kansas City tonight. Chicago opened at -130 at Caesars Sportsbook. (See tickets at StubHub)

This will be the Cueto's 15th big-league season and first start with the White Sox. In fact, his only previous American League experience came with the Royals in 2015. Last year, the right-hander was 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 114.2 innings with the Giants.

For a handful of years, Cueto was one of the better pitchers in the majors but really hasn't been that guy since 2016 when he was sixth in the NL Cy Young voting. Cueto had a 5.17 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across 15.2 innings (four starts) this season at Triple-A Charlotte after signing a minor-league deal with the Sox last month. Chicago optioned infielder Danny Mendick to Charlotte to make room on the 26-man active roster for the right-hander.

The Royals made a fairly significant move today in firing hitting coach Terry Bradshaw. Kansas City ranks 26th in team batting average at .224 and 27th in runs with 118. Senior director of player development and hitting performance Alec Zumwalt will now oversee the hitters.

Monday is Kansas City's first home game since May 4. Brad Keller (1-3, 2.70) is on the mound. He took a no-decision at the White Sox on April 28, allowing one run and three hits over seven. Tim Anderson is just 5-for-28 off of him with nine strikeouts. Luis Robert, on a 13-game hitting streak (tied for the longest in his career), is 0-for-1 off Keller, who is 5-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 14 career starts (17 appearances) against the White Sox. He's 3-2 with a 2.03 ERA in six starts (nine appearances) against the White Sox at home.

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