The Chicago White Sox host the Kansas City Royals in the first game of a three game series on Monday. These two teams have split 8 games this season thus far. The White are third in the AL Central at 51-50 while the Royals are last in the division at 40-62. The White Sox will start Michael Kopech (4-6) while the Royals counter with Brad Keller (5-11).
Perez leads Royals past YankeesThe Royals avoided the sweep Sunday as they beat the New York Yankees 8-6. The win snapped a 5 game losing streak and improved the Royals record to 40-62. The Royals came back from a 6-4 deficit with a home run by Hunter Dozier in the 8th and a 3-run homer by Salvador Perez in the 9th. Taylor Clarke got the win in relief. The Royals average 3.82 runs per game, which is 27th in baseball. They are 12th in team batting average, 27th in home runs, and 24th in slugging percentage. Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Royals batting .255 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI while Salvador Perez is hitting .209 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI.
Brad Keller gets the start on Sunday for the Royals. Keller, a right hander, is 5-11 on the season with an ERA of 4.19 in 19 starts. He has 73 strikeouts and 40 walks in 102.2 innings. In his last outing, Keller gave up 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings in a 4-0 loss to the Angels. Keller had 5 strikeouts and 3 walks in the loss. Keller has an ERA of 2.57 with 6 strikeouts in 2 appearances versus the White Sox this season. In his career against Chicago, Keller is 5-5 with an ERA of 3.34 and 71 strikeouts in 18 appearances. The Royals have a team ERA of 4.68, which is 27th in baseball. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.60, which is 29th in baseball.
White Sox go over .500The White Sox got back over .500 on Sunday with a 4-1 win over the A's. Dylan Cease continues making his case for the Cy Young award by allowing just 1 run in 6 innings to pick up his 11th win against 4 losses. Jose Abreu hit his 12 home run while Eloy Jimenez also went yard. The White Sox are now 51-50, 3 games behind the first place Twins in the AL Central and 2.5 games out of the final wildcard spot. The White Sox average 4.36 runs per game, which is 18th in the majors. They are third in team batting average, 26th in home runs and 19th in slugging percentage. Tim Anderson leads the White Sox batting .311 with 6 home runs and 25 RBI, while Jose Abreu is hitting .302 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI.
Michael Kopech gets the start on Sunday for the White Sox. Keller, a right hander, is 4-6 on the season with an ERA of 3.16 in 18 starts. He has 78 strikeouts and 45 walks in 88.1 innings. In his last outing, Kopech beat the Rockies in Colorado, giving up 0 runs on 6 hits in 5.1 innings with 4 strikeouts and 3 walks in the win. Kopech has given 2 runs on 3 hits with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings versus the Royals this season. In his career against Kansas City, Kopech has an ERA of 4.58 and 19 strikeouts in 8 appearances. The White have a team ERA of 4.02, which is 18th in baseball. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.06, which is 19th in baseball.