White Sox-Royals Preview
While the Chicago White Sox have a slight lead in the AL
Central, they continue to struggle against the Kansas City
The White Sox will try to avoid a fourth straight loss to the
host Royals on Saturday night when the teams play the middle
contest of a weekend set.
Chicago fell to 4-6 against Kansas City this year after a 4-2
defeat Friday, when Salvador Perez’s two-run double in the seventh
inning proved decisive.
Paul Konerko, who returned after missing the previous eight
games with a mild concussion, homered for Chicago.
“When you take nine or ten days off it seems like a month, but I
felt good,” he said.
The White Sox (65-53), who had won three straight overall
entering this series, are averaging 2.9 runs in the season series
against the Royals (52-66), totaling five runs in the last three
games between the clubs. They haven’t dropped four in a row to
Kansas City since 2009.
With Friday’s loss, Chicago’s division lead dwindled to 1 1/2
games over second-place Detroit.
The White Sox should like their chances Saturday with Jake Peavy
(9-8, 3.04 ERA) on the mound, but they’ll need to give him better
The right-hander is 3-7 in his last 11 starts. He’s allowed
three runs or fewer in eight of those games, but Chicago has scored
an average of 2.9 runs for him over that stretch.
“For one reason or another, we don’t seem to score too much for
him,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He always goes out there
knowing each pitch can cost him. We need to do a better job of
giving him more room to pitch with.”
Peavy gave up two runs and five hits in eight innings of
Monday’s 11-inning, 3-2 loss at Toronto. In his previous outing, he
lost to Kansas City on Aug. 7 after allowing three runs in 6 2-3
Peavy has dropped five straight decisions over six starts
against the Royals while recording a 5.63 ERA. At Kauffman Stadium
on July 14, he allowed six runs and 12 hits – two homers – in seven
innings of a 6-3 loss.
Royals slugger Billy Butler is 10 for 25 with three homers
against Peavy. Butler homered Friday, extending his home hitting
streak against the White Sox to 15 games. He’s batting .361 during
that stretch and has three homers in the last four overall meetings
between these teams.
The Royals are 10-6 in August after going 7-19 in July.
On Saturday, they’ll turn to Bruce Chen (8-10, 5.56), who is 4-1
with a 2.79 ERA in his last eight outings against the White
Although Chicago tagged him for six runs and three homers in 4
2-3 innings in July, the left-hander held the White Sox to two runs
over 6 2-3 innings of the Aug. 7 victory opposite Peavy.
Chen wasn’t as sharp against Baltimore on Sunday, allowing four
runs and four hits, including two homers, in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-3
Royals second baseman Chris Getz suffered a broken left thumb
Friday and will miss the rest of the season. To take his spot,
Kansas City called up Johnny Giavotella, who hit .217 in 21 games
in his last recall.