White Sox Series Preview: A Royal Weekend Ahead

If someone blinked this week, they might have missed the White Sox two-game sweep of the Pirates which included a Lucas Giolito No-Hitter. For more on his no-hitter and the relationship with battery mate James McCann, read “Battery Mates: Giolito-McCann Pairing a Special Combination.”

The Sox did exactly what they needed to against the Pirates. They put up runs and pitched really well while preventing minimal damage. They outscored the Pirates 14-3 in the process. White Sox batters hit. 333 with 10 extra-base hits, walked six times, and only struck out nine times in 63 at-bats.

They continue their home-stretch with a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday. The Sox put up 23 runs in a 3-game road sweep of the Royals back on July 28 through August 2.

Jarrod Dyson

Besides beating the Pirates this weekend, the two teams did some chatting and the Sox acquired speedy outfielder, Jarrod Dyson.

Despite Dyson’s slow start, he could become a valuable piece for this White Sox team. He brings great defense to an outfield that has a couple holes and could increase their speed on the base paths. The White Sox rank tied for 26 in stolen bases with just eight (11 attempts).

Dyson is hitting a measly .157 but has swiped four bases. Just last season while with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he stole 30 bases.

Dyson is a .245 hitter with a .317 on-base percentage and 254 stolen bases during his 11-year MLB career (879 games).

Mound Matchups

  • Friday, 6:10 CT: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (0-1, 13.50) vs. Danny Duff (2-2. 3.99)
    • Lopez made his 2nd start of the season on August 22. He pitched 3.1 innings but was on a pitch-count (50 pitches). He gave up two runs and had four strikeouts. Lopez showed signs of improvement in the process.
    • Reynaldo Lopez is 4-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 12 starts vs. Royals
    • Royals hit .295 with nine home runs and 24 RBI against Lopez
      • Jorge Soler– 11 for 17 with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, a walk, and just one strikeout for his career against Lopez.
    • White Sox batters are 50 for 182 with four home runs and 24 RBI for their career against Duffy.
      • No one has more at-bats against Danny Duffy than Jose Abreu. Abreu has 18 hits, two doubles, two home runs, five RBI, and five walks for his career against Duffy. He does also have the most strikeout (12) and GDP (4) against Duffy.
    • Duffy is 6-3 with a 2.51 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts) at Guaranteed Rate Field.
  • Saturday, 1:10 CT: RHP Dylan Cease (4-2, 3.13) vs. TBD
    • His first win of the season for Cease came on August 2 against the Royals. He tossed six innings, allowing five hits, two runs, a walk, and struck out four batters.
    • Royals batters are 10 for 37 with two home runs and 6 RBI for their career against Cease.
  • Sunday, 1:10 CT: TBD vs. TBD

Who’s Hot

  • Eloy Jiménez- 4/7, 2B, HR, 2 R, BB, 2 K in PITT series.
  • Edwin Encarnación- 3/8, 2 2B, HR, RBI, K in PITT series.
  • Lucas Giolito- no-hitter, 13 strikeouts in PITT series.
  • White Sox pitching- 18 IP, 6 H, 3 R/3 ER, 44 BB, 23 K, 1.50 ERA in PITT series.

Who’s Not

Other notes

White Sox reinstated Nick Madrigal from the 10-day injured list and optioned Zack Collins to Schaumburg.

Madrigal last played on August 4. He is hitting .294 in 17 at-bats with 2 runs and an RBI so far in just five career games.

Final Thought

Time and time again, this Chicago White Sox team has shown they are not what they were in past seasons. After starting 2-8 at home, they have won 7-straight; improving their home record to 9-8. A great team also defeats struggling teams and this year the White Sox have not wasted these opportunities. They are 12-4 against teams with records below .500. The White Sox will look to continue to build on their record against the 12-19 Kansas City Royals at home this weekend.

The White Sox sit at 19-12 which is just a 0.5 game back of the first-place Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.


Featured Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

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