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Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 17,840

Royals go for series sweep of White Sox

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

  1. The White Sox have gone 10-6 against the Royals this season and have an .883 team OPS in those games. That is the third-highest OPS by any team against a divisional opponent in MLB (Bos, .898 vs. Bal; Oak, .889 vs. Tex).
  2. The average age of Royals position players is 26 years, 343 days; for the White Sox, their position players average 27 years, 3 days. These are the first- and third-youngest rosters of position players in baseball, respectively.
  3. The White Sox have won Lucas Giolito's last five road starts, and lost each of his past three home starts. His ERA on the road is 4.27, while his home ERA is 7.91, the largest differential in baseball among ERA qualifiers this season.
  4. In Jakob Junis' last six starts, he has a 1.89 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 7.8 K/BB ratio, and has allowed just one home run. The only other pitchers with a sub-2.00 ERA, sub-1.00 WHIP, 7.0+ K/BB, and one or fewer home runs in six-start spans this season are Jacob deGrom, Chris Sale, Zack Greinke, Ross Stripling, and Justin Verlander.
  5. Matt Davidson has a .956 slugging percentage against the Royals this season, the second-highest mark by any player against any opponent this season (Yelich, .977 vs. Cin; minimum 50 PA). Only Khris Davis and J.D. Martinez have hit more home runs against a team than Davidson's eight against KC.
  6. Ryan O'Hearn is hitting a home run every 10.56 at-bats since debuting on July 31. Only three players in MLB have better marks since that date (minimum 100 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2018 thru 9/12/2018

The Kansas City Royals will go for a three-game sweep when they host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night in the series finale at Kauffman Stadium.

Kansas City (49-95) has played much better as of late despite having the second-worst record in baseball behind only the Baltimore Orioles (41-103). The Royals won the series opener 4-3 in 10 innings, and they posted a more comfortable 6-3 victory Tuesday.

The Royals have won seven home games in a row, including a three-game sweep over Baltimore over Labor Day weekend. Kansas City is 27-45 at home on the season.

"Especially about the last three weeks, the feeling of us never being out of a game has returned," Royals manager Ned Yost said to MLB.com. "Finding ways to score, I'm a lot more confident in that."

Chicago (56-89) is headed in the opposite direction, at least in the short term. The White Sox have lost seven games in a row, and a loss in the series finale would match their longest losing streak of an already forgettable season.

Five of those losses have come since the White Sox learned that prized pitcher Michael Kopech would miss the rest of this season and all of next season because of Tommy John surgery. Kopech's arrival had electrified teammates and fans alike as he limited opponents to one run in his first 11 innings before his ill-fated most recent start.

White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon (6-5, 3.11 ERA) will try to snap the skid when he makes his 17th start of the season. He has stumbled in his past two outings, allowing eight earned runs in 11 innings, after a remarkable run from June to August.

Rodon criticized his most recent outing, which he described as "horse (expletive)," and vowed to bounce back.

"Just no command," Rodon told reporters after losing to the Los Angeles Angels. "Down in the bullpen, didn't feel good. Usually, you try to clear that. The first inning went well, and I tried to build off of that. Just didn't happen."

In five career outings against Kansas City, Rodon is 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA. He has walked nine and fanned 27 in 27 2/3 innings.

The Royals also will go with a left-hander as they attempt to lock up the sweep. Eric Skoglund (1-5, 6.45 ERA), a 25-year-old out of the University of Central Florida, will make his 10th start of the season and the 15th of his career.

An elbow injury sidelined Skoglund for much of the season, but he returned Friday against the Minnesota Twins. He threw two scoreless innings of relief on 27 pitches as he built arm strength for his return to the starting rotation.

In two career starts against the White Sox, Skoglund is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA. He has given up seven hits, walked three and struck out 11 in 10 innings. His only other career win came against the Detroit Tigers.

This marks the 19th and final meeting of the season between the two. The White Sox hold a 10-8 season series edge. They have scored 100 runs against the Royals while giving up 79.

Updated September 12, 2018

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