|CHI WHITE SOX ( GIOLITO )|
KANSAS CITY ( SKOGLUND )
|917||CHI WHITE SOX||+1.5,-150||+1.5,-160|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-24||-3.7||15-23||4.5||0.268||0.317||0.414||0.731||4.9||0.248||0.321||0.425||0.746|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0||4-2||5.7||0.287||0.314||0.522||0.836||4.9||0.227||0.310||0.425||0.735|
|vs Right-handed Starters||56-52||+8.1||52-51||4.3||0.261||0.309||0.418||0.728||4.9||0.267||0.330||0.427||0.757|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||4-3||6.1||0.322||0.367||0.502||0.869||4.7||0.303||0.363||0.480||0.844|
|8/30/2017||HOLLAND(L)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)||1-11||L||200||9.5 un||O||6||8||1||16||13||0|
|8/31/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)||4-5||L||145||9.5 un||U||12||9||0||9||10||0|
|9/1/2017||LOPEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||1-3||L||+180||9 un||U||7||6||2||6||5||2|
|9/2/2017||RODON(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-4||W||+150||8 un||O||10||5||0||9||9||0|
|9/3/2017||GIOLITO(R)||TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)||6-2||W||+140||9 ov||U||8||6||0||4||4||1|
|9/8/2017||GIOLITO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||2-9||L||-125||9 ov||O||5||8||3||8||6||1|
|9/9/2017||SHIELDS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)||13-1||W||+120||9 ev||O||18||6||0||3||4||1|
|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)|| |
|9/14/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ DETROIT||BELL(L)|| |
|9/15/2017||FULMER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||LOPEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||JAYE(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||COVEY(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)|| |
|9/19/2017||GIOLITO(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|8/30/2017||VARGAS(L)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||3-5||L||-130||9.5 un||U||5||4||0||8||3||0|
|9/1/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GEE(R)||7-6||W||-105||9.5 un||O||12||6||1||9||7||0|
|9/2/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||0-17||L||140||10 ov||O||7||6||0||14||5||0|
|9/3/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTANA(R)||5-4||W||165||9.5 ov||U||9||5||3||5||6||0|
|9/4/2017||JUNIS(R)||@ DETROIT||LEWICKI(R)||7-6||W||-155||9.5 ov||O||16||9||2||12||10||0|
|9/5/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||2-13||L||-115||9.5 un||O||5||7||0||15||6||1|
|9/6/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||13-2||W||-130||9 ov||O||18||7||1||10||11||0|
|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)|| |
|9/14/2017||JUNIS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Young arms Skoglund, Giolito set to battle|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Skoglund could have not scripted a better major league debut.
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.
|Last Updated: 11/21/2017 4:10:01 AM EST|