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  W: J. Newberry (2-0)   L: J. Gómez (0-2)
5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST7:45 PM VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 PM CT, September 10, 2018
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 17,809

White Sox look to end five-game skid vs. Royals

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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 Chicago White Sox will try to snap a five-game losing streak when they visit the Kansas City Royals to open a three-game series Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Chicago (56-87) has struggled against most of the American League this season, but it has fared much better against Kansas City. The White Sox are 10-6 against the Royals this season with a dominant run differential of 94-69.

This marks the final series of the season between the teams, who occupy the last two spots in the AL Central.

Kansas City (47-95) trails only the Baltimore Orioles for the worst record in baseball. Barring a late surprise, the Royals will have the No. 2 overall pick in next year's draft as it attempts to dig out of a multiyear tailspin.

The Royals will try to bounce back from a 3-1 walk-off loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon. Royals reliever Jason Hammel gave up a double to Max Kepler and a homer to Willians Astudillo, all with two outs, for the team's fourth loss in its past five games.

White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (10-10, 5.85 ERA) will make his 29th start. The 24-year-old has shown improvement since the All-Star break, posting five quality starts in his last seven outings, but he is coming off a turbulent game in which he gave up five runs (four earned) in 1 1/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers.

In five career outings against the Royals, Giolito is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA. He picked up his first win against Kansas City in 2017 and has two victories in three starts against the club in 2018.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Giolito and fellow starter Reynaldo Lopez have thrown more strikes lately.

"Their lines to the plate are better," Renteria recently said to reporters. "(Pitching coach Don Cooper) talks to those guys. They talk about back-to-front, keeping a good line, 'staying in the tunnel,' as he talks about.

"I think they understand they're not always going to make a perfect pitch, but they make adjustments a little quicker now. If they pull off line, those are one of the things that -- especially in talking to them -- that they're able to recover. They know exactly what they're doing, and they're able to make the adjustment."

For the Royals, right-hander Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.32 ERA) will make his 27th start. He has won back-to-back outings, limiting opponents to two earned runs in his past 16 innings for a 1.13 ERA during that span. One more victory will tie his career high of nine, which he set as a rookie last year.

Junis is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox. The Sterling, Ill., native has surrendered a half-dozen home runs in 16 2/3 innings while walking eight and striking out 15.

Less than two weeks ago, Junis posted the first complete game of his career.

"It's awesome," Junis said to the Kansas City Star. "That's a goal you set to do. ... Hopefully more to come."

Updated September 9, 2018

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