MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox3 0 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 10150
Kansas City0 0 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 781
  W: C. Kimbrel (1-1)   L: D. Lynch (4-4)   S: L. Hendriks (32)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, September 4, 2021
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 18,800

Royals look toward future in meeting with White Sox

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Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

  1. The teams have split 16 meetings in 2021, one year after the White Sox dominated the season series, nine wins to one. The Royals have 399 wins all-time versus the South Siders (against 422 defeats).
  2. The White Sox have won five of their last six games, scoring 50 runs in the five victories and suffering a shutout loss to the Cubs on Saturday. The Sox have slugged 15 home runs in the six-game stretch, led by Yasmani Grandal's four.
  3. The Royals have lost four consecutive games, including three straight at home to the Indians to start the week. Since August 19, KC is 0-4 at Kauffman Stadium and 7-3 on the road.
  4. Since his August 9 return from a torn hip flexor, Luis Robert is hitting .364, ranking fifth among AL players with at least 75 plate appearances. Robert's next game will be the 100th of his career; he has 181 total bases. Jose Abreu (242) is the only other White Sox player since 2000 with 180-plus total bases in his first 100 games with the team.
  5. Whit Merrifield has 150 hits and 30 doubles this season. The Orioles' Cedric Mullins (152, 31) is the only other player to have reached those plateaus in 2021. Merrifield has 109 career hits against the White Sox -- most by any player against the South Siders since 2016.
  6. At 8-7 with a 5.00 ERA, Dallas Keuchel is one of three MLB with pitchers with eight-plus wins, a record over .500 and an ERA of 5.00 or higher. Carlos Hernandez had a 6.04 ERA entering his July 29 start against the White Sox; beginning with that outing, Hernandez is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/3/2021 thru 9/5/2021

There's a lot to be said for experience. But there's also a lot to be said for the excitement of the uncertain.

The Chicago White Sox have a blend of veteran and youthful starting pitchers. With first place in the American League Central all but wrapped up, manager Tony La Russa can send the likes of Dallas Keuchel and Lucas Giolito to the mound while also seeing the potential of guys like Dylan Cease.

The Kansas City Royals, meanwhile, have used six different pitchers to start a game since the All-Star break. They are looking almost entirely at potential as they prepare to face the visiting White Sox for the second game of a three-game series Saturday night.

Lefty Daniel Lynch (4-3, 4.47 ERA), one of the most promising of Kansas City's youthful starters, will get the ball against right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (3-1, 1.54).

The Royals won the series opener 7-2 on Friday behind a strong starting effort by another one of their young arms, Carlos Hernandez, who allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.

"I love watching these guys pitch," Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said Friday. "They continue to impress us when we give them opportunities.

"They all have some significant growth assignments, things they were missing in their game that they needed to develop, whether that's an extra pitch or a philosophy. We want to win every game, but asking them to (work on those things) in real time in major league competition, it's fun to see them take those steps forward."

La Russa has the advantage of a 9 1/2-game cushion in the AL Central standings, but he agreed with Matheny.

"I enjoy both of them," he said. "I love watching a veteran pitch and watching a young guy like Cease. I agree with Mike; you look forward to watching them grow. The one thing that's nice is the mentoring system. When you have veterans like we have, it's a very healthy situation for the young guys who don't have all the answers who are open-minded.

"The plus that Mike is talking about is a lot of years with control and growth. So that's exciting."

Lopez is in between the veterans and the newbies. He made his debut in 2016, but he is enjoying his best season. His previous-best ERA was 3.91, in 2018.

Lopez has made four starts among his 14 appearances in 2021. He has faced the Royals three times this season, all in relief, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA (one earned run in four innings). In his career, he is 5-3 with a 5.00 ERA in 16 appearances (13 starts) against Kansas City.

Lynch is the embodiment of Matheny's comment about working on things. He arrived in the majors in early May, and he made three ineffective starts, going 0-2 with a 15.75 ERA.

But he went back to Triple-A Omaha and figured it out. Since returning July 25, he has been exceptional: 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in seven starts. The Royals won six of those games.

The White Sox have seen both versions of Lynch. He allowed eight runs in two-thirds of an inning in his second start. But in his third start after returning, he allowed just one run in five innings, walking two and striking out seven in an Aug. 5 win.

The new version of Lynch has been something to make Matheny smile.

"Whenever we throw one of (our promising young pitchers) out there, we believe we have a great chance to win," Matheny said.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2021

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