Kansas City Royals (57-56 SU, 58-55 RL, 52-56-5 O/U) vs. Chicago White Sox (43-68 SU, 57-54 RL, 54-53-4 O/U)
MLB: Friday, August 11, 2017, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois, 8:10 pm ET
Lines: Kansas City -147, Chicago +137; Over/Under: 9.5
A pair of AL Central foes kick off a weekend set in the Windy City. The Kansas City Royals open up a three game series on the road with the retooling Chicago White Sox Friday night. Kansas City closed a four game, two city interleague set with the Cardinals hoping to avoid a sweep after losing 8-5 Wednesday night on the road. Chicago was at home against the Astros Thursday night: they looked for a sweep as they won 7-1 Wednesday. The Royals swept the last series between the teams, which took place in Kansas City July 21-23.
Kansas City Royals Reeling
Kansas City let one slip away Wednesday night for their third straight loss. The Royals have dropped eight of their last 10 games and entering Thursday, stood one game behind the Mariners for the second wild card spot in the American League. Whit Merrifield (two runs) led the Royals with four hits in the game while Lorenzo Cain (run, RBI) contributed three. Melky Cabrera hit his 15th homer of the year in the loss. Trevor Cahill recorded a no-decision in the game: he left after 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with five walks and a strikeout. He was placed on the DL with right shoulder impingement. Brandon Maurer (0-1) took the loss as he allowed two runs on one hit and a walk without retiring a hitter.
Danny Duffy gets the call for Kansas City as he takes the mound for the 19th time this season. He is 7-7 with a 3.48 ERA, a 1.276 WHIP, 31 walks and 93 strikeouts over 113.2 innings of action. Duffy took the loss in his last outing, which came against the Mariners at home in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs (three earned) on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in an 8-7 Kansas City loss. Duffy is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, four walks and 18 strikeouts over 19 innings in his last three starts. He makes his 19th career appearance and 17th start against the White Sox: he is 6-4 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.291 WHIP over 88.1 innings of work. Duffy is 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.286 WHIP over 39.2 innings in 10 appearances, eight starts, at Guaranteed Rate Field in his career.
Chicago White Sox Look to Play Spoiler
Chicago proved to be a thorn in the side of the Astros as they took the first two games of the series. The White Sox look to continue being a pest as they face the Royals here. Nicky Delmonico (two runs) had three hits for Chicago while Tim Anderson (two runs, three RBI) and Leury Garcia (run, two RBI) each had two hits in the win. Anderson hit his 11th homer of the season in the victory. Miguel Gonzalez (6-10) picked up the victory as he allowed one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts over eight innings of work.
Reynaldo Lopez, who came over in the Adam Eaton deal in the offseason, is expected to make his White Sox debut in this contest. At the major league level, he is 5-3 with a 4.91 ERA, a 1.568 WHIP, 22 walks and 42 strikeouts in 44 innings, all of which came last season with the Nationals. In his 12th major league outing and his seventh career start, Lopez pitches against the Royals for the first time in his career. This marks his first career outing at Guaranteed Rate Field as well. Lopez made 22 starts for Triple-A Charlotte of the International League this season. He is 6-7 with a 3.79 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, 49 walks and 131 strikeouts over 121 innings in those outings.
- Royals are 8-0 in their last 8 vs. American League Central
- Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- White Sox are 3-14 in their last 17 games vs. a left-handed starter
- White Sox are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- White Sox are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. American League Central
It’s another major prospect making his presence with the White Sox known here as Lopez gets the call up from the minors. How he adjusts to the American League after spending his first foray in the majors with the Nationals will be important to his future success. Kansas City has to stop the bleeding in order to get back in the wild card race as they fell out of the second wild card spot with this recent slide. Duffy has been up and down this season but he should do enough to shut down a young, inexperienced White Sox lineup.