|KANSAS CITY ( KENNEDY )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SHIELDS )
|921||KANSAS CITY||-155||Ov 10.5,-110||-150||Ov 10,-115|
|922||CHI WHITE SOX||+145||Un 10.5,-110||+140||Un 10,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-39||+8.4||38-39||4.4||0.257||0.306||0.419||0.725||4.5||0.261||0.325||0.402||0.728|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.6||6-0||5.1||0.287||0.331||0.453||0.784||7.4||0.281||0.353||0.521||0.874|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-49||-5.7||42-34||4.3||0.251||0.301||0.399||0.701||5.2||0.266||0.344||0.450||0.794|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.8||1-5||4.3||0.281||0.330||0.410||0.739||3.4||0.227||0.286||0.409||0.695|
|7/29/2017||CAHILL(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||8-9||L||140||8.5 un||O||14||9||1||13||9||3|
|7/30/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||5-3||W||160||9 un||U||12||8||1||9||7||2|
|7/31/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||1-2||L||-105||9.5 ov||U||5||4||0||10||8||1|
|8/1/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)||2-7||L||110||10 un||U||5||4||0||15||9||1|
|8/2/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HELLICKSON(R)||0-6||L||120||10 un||U||5||7||0||7||5||0|
|8/7/2017||KENNEDY(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||3-11||L||+110||9 ev||O||8||5||2||10||3||0|
|8/8/2017||VARGAS(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||3-10||L||+115||8.5 ov||O||6||5||1||14||10||0|
|8/9/2017||CAHILL(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||5-8||L||130||8.5 un||O||15||8||1||11||8||1|
|8/10/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-8||L||135||9 un||O||12||9||3||9||9||1|
|8/11/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||3-6||L||-130||9 un||P||7||7||1||9||4||0|
|8/12/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|8/14/2017||CAHILL(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)|| |
|8/15/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ OAKLAND||SMITH(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ OAKLAND||BLACKBURN(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|8/3/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||5-9||L||245||9.5 un||O||7||4||1||15||10||1|
|8/4/2017||RODON(L)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||2-3||L||190||9.5 un||U||9||10||0||8||5||1|
|8/5/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||1-4||L||260||9.5 un||U||8||6||1||5||4||1|
|8/6/2017||PELFREY(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)||3-6||L||187||10.5 un||U||9||6||0||8||6||0|
|8/11/2017||LOPEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||6-3||W||+120||9 un||P||9||4||0||7||7||1|
|8/12/2017||SHIELDS(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||HOLLAND(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/16/2017||RODON(L)||@ LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|8/17/2017||LOPEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: 2016: 81-81, third place.
Manager: Ned Yost (eighth season).
He's Here: OF Jorge Soler, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Nathan Karns, DH Brandon Moss, LHP Travis Wood.
He's Outta Here: RHP Wade Davis, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Jarrod Dyson, RHP Luke Hochevar, RHP Edinson Volquez.
Projected lineup: SS Alcides Escobar (.261, 7 HRs, 55 RBIs), LF Alex Gordon (.220, 17, 40), CF Lorenzo Cain (.287, 9, 56), 1B Eric Hosmer (.266, 25, 104), DH Brandon Moss (.255, 28, 67), RF Jorge Soler (.238, 12, 31 with Cubs; likely to start season on DL with strained oblique), 3B Mike Moustakas (.240, 7, 13), C Salvador Perez (.247, 22, 64), Raul Mondesi (.185, 2, 13).
Rotation: LH Danny Duffy (12-3, 3.51 ERA, 188 Ks), RH Ian Kennedy (11-11, 3.68, 184 Ks), RH Jason Hammel (11-11, 3.83 with Cubs), LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 2.25 in 3 starts after returning from Tommy John surgery), RH Nathan Karns (6-2, 5.15 with Mariners).
Key relievers: RH Kelvin Herrera (2-6, 2.75, 12 saves), RH Joakim Soria (5-8, 4.05), LH Matt Strahm (2-2, 1.23), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95), LH Scott Alexander (0-0, 3.32), RH Chris Young (3-9, 6.19).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. Duffy showed signs of blossoming into an ace late last year, but is yet to put it all together for a full season. Hammel was signed after the tragic death of RHP Yordano Ventura in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Vargas barely pitched last season after coming back from elbow surgery. Karns has intriguing potential, but might end up in the bullpen unless he lives up to it quickly.
Outlook: Royals GM Dayton Moore thinks his starting rotation is the best it has been during his tenure, even if just about every spot is tenuous. He also thinks Kansas City has more power at the plate this year thanks to Moustakas' return from a torn ACL and the signing of Moss. Paulo Orlando (.302, 5, 43, 14 SBs) will replace Soler in right field at the start of the season. But there are plenty of question marks up and down the lineup, not to mention on the pitching staff, and several things must break right for Kansas City to make noise in the AL Central and take a run at its third World Series appearance in four years.
|CHI WHITE SOX: 2016: 78-84, fourth place.
Manager: Rick Renteria (first season).
He's Here: RHP Lucas Giolito, INF Yoan Moncada, LHP Derek Holland, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, C Geovany Soto, OF Peter Bourjos.
He's Outta Here: Manager Robin Ventura, LHP Chris Sale, OF Adam Eaton, OF Austin Jackson, DH Justin Morneau, C Alex Avila, RHP Matt Albers.
Projected lineup: CF Leury Garcia (.229, 1, 5 in 18 games, 48 ABs; .313, 6, 35, 18 SBs in 84 games at Triple-A Charlotte) or Jacob May (.266, 1, 24, 19 SBs in 83 games at Triple-A Charlotte), SS Tim Anderson (.283, 9, 30), LF Melky Cabrera (.296, 14, 86), 1B Jose Abreu (.293, 25, 100), 3B Todd Frazier (.225, 40, 98), RF Avisail Garcia (.245, 12, 51), DH Matt Davidson (missed much of last season with broken right foot), C Omar Narvaez (.267, 1, 10), 2B Tyler Saladino (.282, 8, 38).
Rotation: LH Jose Quintana (13-12, 3.20 ERA), RH Miguel Gonzalez (5-8, 3.73), LH Derek Holland (7-9, 4.95 ERA in 22 games with Texas), RH James Shields (6-19, 5.85 in 33 starts with Padres and White Sox), LH Carlos Rodon (9-10, 4.04).
Key relievers: RH David Robertson (5-3, 3.47, 37/44 saves), RH Nate Jones (5-3, 2.29, 3 saves), LH Dan Jennings (4-3, 2.08), RH Zach Putnam (1-0, 2.30), RH Michael Ynoa (1-0, 3.00).
Hot Spot: Triple-A Charlotte. With Giolito, Lopez and Moncada likely to begin the season in Triple-A, many White Sox fans might keep a closer watch on the Knights than the big league club. The development of the franchise's suddenly rich minor league system will help determine the trajectory of Chicago's new rebuilding project.
Outlook: Lots of losses and trades. Quintana and Frazier likely will be shipped out at some point this season, and Robertson also could be on the move in the right deal. The White Sox seem fully committed to a major overhaul, and they added several prospects when they traded away Sale and Eaton over the winter. But it could be a rough couple of years while general manager Rick Hahn tries to establish a more reliable pipeline of talent throughout the organization. In the meantime, the White Sox still have Anderson, who was impressive in his first major league stint last year. Abreu is going for his fourth straight season of at least 25 homers and 100 RBIs.
|Reeling Royals not about to overlook White Sox|
CHICAGO -- Eight games remain this season between the slumping but contending Kansas City Royals and the rebuilding Chicago White Sox, beginning with Saturday's meeting at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Royals realize as much. They also know Chicago's organizational status guarantees no advantage in Kansas City's bid for an American League playoff berth.
"No, no, no. We are the furthest thing away from taking opponent lightly," Royals catcher Drew Butera said. "They're playing really well right now. They swept Houston, right? Just because they're rebuilding doesn't mean they're a bad team. They've got a lot of talent over there, and we're not going to go in thinking we're going to come in and be easy wins."
White Sox right-hander Chris Beck called Chicago's three-game sweep of American League West-leading Houston this week a "nice little uplift, for sure." The vibes continued during Friday's series opener between the White Sox and Royals, with Chicago winning 6-3 behind a four-run, seventh-inning rally and a solid team debut from right-hander Reynaldo Lopez.
Chicago delivered sound starting pitching, slick defense and timely hitting against the Royals and during the Astros series, which culminated with a walk-off, extra-inning hit from prized prospect Yoan Moncada to win Thursday's series finale.
Was it a potential preview of coming attractions for the White Sox in future seasons? Perhaps. For his part, though, Beck has seen the team transition to a more consistent brand of baseball well before Houston came calling. Even suffering a four-game road sweep against American League East leader Boston last weekend offered bright spots to Beck entering the Astros series.
"We're not that far off from where we want to be," Beck said. "Each team is capable of winning. We stood toe-to-toe and swept one of the best lineups in baseball. We'll get to go there again in September, so, I mean, it'll be fun."
Chicago's visit to Houston from Sept. 19-21 precedes a three-game home series against the Royals from Sept. 22-24. The White Sox and Royals also are set to play in Kansas City from Sept. 11-13.
But first things first. On Saturday, White Sox right-hander James Shields (2-4, 6.03 ERA) will face Royals righty Ian Kennedy (4-8, 4.83 ERA).
Shields is 7-2 with a 4.02 ERA in 12 career starts against the Royals, with 65 strikeouts in 80 2/3 innings. Shields spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons with Kansas City, winning 27 regular-season games while helping the club to the American League pennant in 2014.
Kennedy is 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA in seven career starts against the White Sox, with 31 strikeouts and seven home runs allowed in 38 1/3 innings.
Despite losing five in a row and 10 of their past 12 games overall, the Royals remain in the hunt in the jumbled American League Central and wild-card races. Success against the White Sox figures to be pivotal during the stretch run.
It starts with ignoring the same standings Kansas City is trying to climb -- at least to a degree.
"Oh, yeah. You don't take any team for granted, you know, because once you start taking teams for granted, that's when they sneak up on you, and you lose games," Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain said. "We're all big league ballplayers. We all respect each other."
|Last Updated: 12/15/2017 12:36:01 AM EST|