|KANSAS CITY ( KENNEDY )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( GIOLITO )
|973||KANSAS CITY||-110||Ov 9.5,-110||-110||Ov 9.5,-115|
|974||CHI WHITE SOX||+100||Un 9.5,-110||+100||Un 9.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-58||+4||55-56||4.3||0.261||0.309||0.416||0.725||4.9||0.267||0.330||0.425||0.755|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.1||4-3||5.4||0.291||0.333||0.430||0.764||4.3||0.226||0.269||0.357||0.627|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-66||-5.2||55-49||4.3||0.253||0.304||0.411||0.715||5.1||0.262||0.340||0.449||0.789|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1||4-3||3.7||0.224||0.280||0.349||0.629||5.4||0.286||0.348||0.474||0.822|
|9/11/2017||HAMMEL(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||3-11||L||-170||9 ov||O||9||6||1||17||11||0|
|9/12/2017||GAVIGLIO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)||4-3||W||-185||10 ov||U||4||3||0||13||10||0|
|9/13/2017||SKOGLUND(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||3-5||L||-145||10 ov||U||8||10||0||10||9||1|
|9/14/2017||JUNIS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||2-3||L||175||9 ov||U||9||5||0||12||11||0|
|9/15/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||4-3||W||185||9 ov||U||11||9||0||6||7||1|
|9/16/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||4-8||L||215||8.5 un||O||9||5||1||13||6||0|
|9/17/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||2-3||L||220||7.5 un||U||7||8||2||3||5||1|
|9/19/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||2-5||L||165||9 un||U||6||4||1||8||2||0|
|9/20/2017||JUNIS(R)||@ TORONTO||ANDERSON(L)||15-5||W||110||9 un||O||18||8||1||6||5||1|
|9/21/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||1-0||W||135||9 un||U||8||7||0||2||4||1|
|9/22/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||6-7||L||-155||9.5 ov||O||13||5||1||10||5||2|
|9/23/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)||8-2||W||-165||9.5 ov||O||12||7||0||8||8||0|
|9/24/2017||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|9/10/2017||FULMER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||8-1||W||+145||9 ev||P||13||4||0||5||6||1|
|9/11/2017||LOPEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||11-3||W||160||9 ov||O||17||11||0||9||6||1|
|9/12/2017||COVEY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GAVIGLIO(R)||3-4||L||175||10 ov||U||13||10||0||4||3||0|
|9/13/2017||GIOLITO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SKOGLUND(L)||5-3||W||135||10 ov||U||10||9||1||8||10||0|
|9/14/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ DETROIT||BELL(L)||17-7||W||105||10.5 un||O||25||14||1||12||6||0|
|9/15/2017||FULMER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||2-3||L||110||10 ov||U||8||8||0||6||6||1|
|9/16/2017||LOPEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||JAYE(R)||10-4||W||100||9.5 ov||O||17||11||0||9||8||1|
|9/17/2017||COVEY(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||0-12||L||115||10.5 un||O||1||2||0||13||4||0|
|9/19/2017||GIOLITO(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||1-3||L||230||9 ov||U||6||9||0||8||4||2|
|9/20/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||3-4||L||250||9.5 un||U||4||3||1||9||8||0|
|9/21/2017||FULMER(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||3-1||W||250||9.5 un||U||6||4||0||3||6||0|
|9/22/2017||LOPEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||7-6||W||+145||9.5 ov||O||10||5||2||13||5||1|
|9/23/2017||COVEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-8||L||+155||9.5 ov||O||8||8||0||12||7||0|
|9/24/2017||GIOLITO(R)||KANSAS CITY||GAVIGLIO(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||SHIELDS(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||FULMER(R)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||LOPEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||COVEY(R)||LA ANGELS||NORRIS(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||GIOLITO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|Royals' Kennedy welcomes son, set to face White Sox|
CHICAGO -- Six years, four months, five children, one boy.
It almost sounds like an official scorer or broadcaster reciting a pitching line, but those figures simply illustrate the particulars for Kansas City Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy, his wife, Allison, and their growing young family.
"There's a lot going on there," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The Kennedys welcomed their fifth child and first son, Isaac Patrick, on Friday, and the boy's father wasted no time in imparting a lesson on commitment.
Ian Kennedy is scheduled to start for the Royals in Sunday's series finale against the host Chicago White Sox. He traveled from Kansas City to Chicago on Saturday, Yost said.
Kennedy (4-12, 5.39 ERA) returned to the rotation on Tuesday after missing his previous start with fatigue in his throwing shoulder. He entered the sixth inning with a shutout before the Toronto Blue Jays' Darwin Barney smacked a two-run home run on an 0-2 changeup with none out.
Although Kennedy took the loss for the Royals, Yost still expressed optimism in his five-plus innings of three-hit, two-run, two-strikeout ball. It was Kennedy's first start without a walk all season.
"He threw very well," Yost said. "You know, he had rotator cuff fatigue and it dropped his arm slot. We skipped him one start, it was 11 days, and it got everything back on track. And now he's been on top of his arm slot, and everything's been good."
Kennedy, who is 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA in eight career starts against the White Sox, will look to keep the Royals afloat in a muddled American League wild-card race. Kansas City (76-78) rebounded from Friday's frustrating loss in the series opener with an 8-2 victory against Chicago (62-92) on Saturday.
The Royals stand 4 1/2 games back of American League Central rival Minnesota for the second wild-card spot with eight games to play, but also are battling Los Angeles and Texas, among other teams in a jumbled race.
White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (2-3, 2.58 ERA) will make his second career start against the Royals. Giolito took a no-decision in a Sept. 13 start at Kansas City, spacing one run, four hits, three walks and three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
The Royals are no strangers to in-season births in players' families. In August 2016, left-handed reliever Mike Minor was in Sacramento on a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha when his wife prepared to give birth to the couple's second child.
Minor remembers a whirlwind stretch surrounding the joyous news in his native Tennessee.
"My wife went into labor and then they contacted us, contacted the team, they did everything to get me the first flight home, and I went right to the hospital. ... I only took maybe a day or two, and then I was back."
Fellow reliever Brandon Maurer was born during baseball season -- in July 1990 -- but said, "I've had a pretty standard ride, I guess," when it comes to experiencing in-season family milestones. Or in his case, a lack thereof.
Several teammates texted Kennedy Friday to offer well wishes.
"A lot of guys reached out and just made sure everything went OK," Maurer said.
|Last Updated: 1/17/2018 7:52:40 PM EST|