|KANSAS CITY ( KELLER )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( LYNN )
|913||KANSAS CITY||+150||Ov 9,-130||+165||Ov 8,-115|
|914||CHI WHITE SOX||-160||Un 9,+110||-175||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||-0.6||2-1||7.5||0.286||0.359||0.500||0.859||6.2||0.272||0.361||0.419||0.780|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||+0.5||2-2||6.6||0.275||0.358||0.468||0.825||5.0||0.244||0.337||0.372||0.709|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-4||-4.6||2-2||3.5||0.206||0.316||0.290||0.606||6.0||0.266||0.343||0.406||0.749|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||4-3||6.0||0.246||0.343||0.385||0.728||5.1||0.230||0.311||0.357||0.668|
|4/5/2021||DUFFY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||ALLEN(L)||3-0||W||115||9 un||U||7||8||0||3||5||0|
|4/7/2021||JUNIS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BIEBER(R)||2-4||L||180||7.5 ev||U||4||6||0||8||6||0|
|4/8/2021||KELLER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/10/2021|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX||CEASE(R)|| |
|4/11/2021|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/1/2021||GIOLITO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BUNDY(R)||3-4||L||-115||8.5 un||U||7||5||1||6||6||0|
|4/2/2021||KEUCHEL(L)||@ LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)||12-8||W||115||8.5 ov||O||13||6||2||7||5||1|
|4/3/2021||LYNN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||COBB(R)||3-5||L||-110||9 ev||U||9||9||2||9||6||0|
|4/4/2021||CEASE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||OHTANI(R)||4-7||L||115||9.5 un||O||5||10||0||10||9||3|
|4/5/2021||RODON(L)||@ SEATTLE||SHEFFIELD(L)||6-0||W||-120||8 ov||U||10||9||1||3||9||2|
|4/6/2021||GIOLITO(R)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||10-4||W||-145||7.5 un||O||10||7||0||9||9||1|
|4/7/2021||KEUCHEL(L)||@ SEATTLE||DUNN(R)||4-8||L||-140||8 ov||O||6||9||2||9||6||0|
|4/8/2021||LYNN(R)||KANSAS CITY||KELLER(R)|| |
|4/10/2021||CEASE(R)||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/11/2021||RODON(L)||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/12/2021|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: He's Here: LHP Mike Minor, 1B/DH Carlos Santana, OF Andrew Benintendi, RHP Wade Davis, RHP Ervin Santana, CF Michael A. Taylor, RHP Carlos Sanabria, 2B Hanser Alberto.
He's Outta Here: LF Alex Gordon, OF Franchy Cordero, RHP Ian Kennedy, 3B Maikel Franco, RHP Glenn Sparkman, RHP Matt Harvey.
Projected Lineup: RF Whit Merrifield (.282, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs, 12 SBs), SS Adalberto Mondesi (.256, 6, 22, 24 SBs), C Salvador Perez (.333, 11, 32), DH Jorge Soler (.228, 8, 24), 1B Carlos Santana (.199, 8, 30, 47 BBs with Indians), 3B Hunter Dozier (.228, 6, 12), LF Andrew Benintendi (.103, 0, 1 in 14 games with Red Sox), CF Michael Taylor (.196, 5, 16 with Washington), 2B Nicky Lopez (.201, 1, 13).
Rotation: RH Brad Keller (5-3, 2.47 ERA), LH Danny Duffy (4-4, 4.95), LH Mike Minor (1-6, 5.56 with Rangers and Athletics), RH Brady Singer (4-5, 4.06), LH Kris Bubic (1-6, 4.32).
Key Relievers: RH Josh Staumont (2-1, 2.45), RH Scott Barlow (2-1, 4.20), RH Tyler Zuber (1-2, 4.09), LH Jakob Junis (0-2, 6.39), RH Greg Holland (3-0, 1.91, 6 saves), RH Kyle Zimmer (1-0, 1.57), RH Wade Davis (0-1, 20.77 with Rockies).
Outlook: The first wave of college arms that the Royals drafted a few years ago started to arrive last season with Singer and Bubic showing promise in the rotation. They could soon be joined by LHP Asa Lacy, the No. 4 overall pick last summer, and fellow first-rounders LHP Daniel Lynch and RHP Jackson Kowar. If all those youngsters are able to show progress on the mound, the Royals could return to .500 and perhaps compete for a playoff spot given the investment GM Dayton Moore made in the rest of the roster. He signed Santana, a longtime AL Central nemesis, to handle first base, and swung a three-team trade for Benintendi. Throw in the signings of veteran pitchers Minor and Davis, and the Royals are deeper and more talented than they have been at any point since going to back-to-back World Series in 2014 and '15 and beating the New York Mets in 2015 to win their second championship.
|CHI WHITE SOX: He's Here: Manager Tony La Russa, RHP Liam Hendriks, RHP Lance Lynn, OF Adam Eaton, C Jonathan Lucroy.
He's Outta Here: Manager Rick Renteria, DH Edwin Encarnaci'n, C James McCann, RHP Alex Colom', 2B Yolmer Sanchez, LHP Gio Gonzalez, CF Jarrod Dyson, RHP Dane Dunning, RF Nomar Mazara.
Projected Lineup: SS Tim Anderson (.322, 10 HRs, 21 RBIs), CF Luis Robert (.233, 11, 31), 1B Jos' Abreu (.317, 19, 60, AL MVP), 3B Yo'n Moncada (.225, 6, 24), LF Eloy Jim'nez (.296, 14, 41), C Yasmani Grandal (.230, 8, 27), DH Andrew Vaughn (.278, 6, 36 at Arizona Rookie League and Class A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem in 2019), RF Adam Eaton (.226, 4, 17 with Washington), 2B Nick Madrigal (.340, 0, 11).
Rotation: RH Lucas Giolito (4-3, 3.48 ERA, 97 Ks, 28 BBs), LH Dallas Keuchel (6-2, 1.99), RH Lance Lynn (6-3, 3.32, 84 IP with Texas), RH Dylan Cease (5-4, 4.01, 44 Ks, 34 BBs), LH Carlos Rodon (0-2, 8.22) or RH Reynaldo L'pez (1-3, 6.49).
Key Relievers: RH Liam Hendriks (3-1, 1.78, 14/15 saves, 37 Ks, 3 BBs in 25 1/3 IP with Oakland), LH Garrett Crochet (0-0, 0.00, 8 Ks, 0 BBs in 5 appearances), RH Michael Kopech (1-1, 5.02 in 4 starts in 2018), LH Aaron Bummer (1-0, 0.96), RH Evan Marshall (2-1, 2.38), RH Matt Foster (6-1, 2.20), RH Codi Heuer (3-0, 1.52).
Outlook: The White Sox made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and ended a run of seven losing seasons last year. Now, they're aiming for the biggest prize of all. Chicago loaded up in the offseason while other teams were cutting expenses, hoping to bring home its first World Series championship since 2005 and only the second since 1917. The club made an eye-opening change in the dugout when it brought back Hall of Famer and three-time champion La Russa to take over for Renteria. The move came 34 years after the White Sox fired La Russa, who went on to win a title with Oakland and two more with St. Louis. But he hasn't filled out a lineup card since the Cardinals won the World Series in 2011. Something else to watch: How will he relate to a vibrant, fun-loving team? That wasn't the only big move the White Sox made. They added arguably the game's best closer when they signed Hendriks to a $54 million, three-year deal. The Australian was on the mound when Oakland knocked off Chicago in their wild-card series. The White Sox also acquired Lynn from Texas, adding a workhorse starter to go with Giolito and Keuchel. The hard-throwing Kopech is back following Tommy John surgery in 2018 that sidelined him for the following season and a decision to opt out in 2020. The lineup ' anchored by AL MVP Abreu and 2019 major league batting champion Anderson ' is deep. And fans will get a chance to see them in person, at least on a limited basis. The White Sox and crosstown Cubs got the green light from the city to allow spectators with capacity capped at 20% ' 8,122 at Guaranteed Rate Field and 8,274 at Wrigley Field.
|Focus on skippers as White Sox welcome Royals for home opener|
Kansas City manager Mike Matheny played for Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa during La Russa's first managerial job in the minors and later with the St. Louis Cardinals. He later followed La Russa at the helm of the Cardinals. On Thursday, in the White Sox's home opener, Matheny will be able to match wits with his mentor for the first time.
The Royals enter the series having won their first series against the Rangers and splitting two games against the Indians. The White Sox are coming off a series victory over the Mariners after losing three of four to the Angels.
Matheny, a catcher in his 13-year player, said La Russa saw him as a future manager, long before Matheny saw it in himself.
"I thought he was out of his mind because I still planned on playing for a long time," Matheny told the Kansas City Star on Tuesday. "But I always took it as a compliment. I knew he didn't throw stuff like that around, so it meant a lot to me. And, obviously, little did I know the accuracy he'd have with that."
Matheny is early in his second stint as a manager. He was 591-474 in seven seasons with the Cardinals. After Matheny took a year away from the dugout, the Royals finished 26-34 under him last year. Optimism abounds around Kansas City.
Matheny will send Brad Keller to the mound for his second start. Keller lasted 1 1/3 innings against the Rangers on Opening Day. Keller allowed six runs on nine hits, but he didn't get the decision because the Royals came back twice and eventually won 14-10.
"I stacked up hits on them pretty quickly," Keller said of his first outing. "I felt like we executed the game plan, which is kind of crazy to say. But they put balls in play where we weren't. It kind of snowballed on me."
But he was smiling as he made those comments because of the offensive support.
"It was amazing to see," he said. "I fell in a hole early, down five runs after the first inning. But they came out swinging. Five runs right back on the board, and it was a new ballgame going back out for the second."
La Russa will hand the ball to Lance Lynn, who pitched for Matheny with the Cardinals from 2012-17. He was 71-46 in those six seasons. The White Sox are his fourth team since leaving St. Louis.
He pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (none earned) on six hits in his first start for Chicago on Saturday. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter in the 5-3 loss to the Angels.
The White Sox are still carrying a hot bat in Yermin Mercedes, who set a major league record with hits in his first eight career at-bats.
"There isn't anything that comes close," La Russa said of Mercedes' hot start. "I think he was upset when he made the out. And it's clutch. That's the thing, it's not just for show. He's putting us in a great position to win. Take my hat off to him, pat him on the back, whatever it takes."
With the matchup with Matheny on the close horizon, La Russa once again is looking into the future.
"I'll be glad when the three games are over," La Russa said.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 5/17/2021 1:00:59 AM EST|