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  W: G. Sparkman (4-11)   L: R. López (9-13)   S: I. Kennedy (28)
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Inconsistent pitchers mark Royals-White Sox matchup

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Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox

  1. Kansas City and Chicago have gone 8-8 against each other this season, though the Royals swept a four-game series when these teams last met in mid-July. Kansas City has gone 1-5 at Guaranteed Rate Field this season, averaging 3.33 runs across those games.
  2. The Royals have gone 6-2 over their last eight games, matching their best eight-game stretch this season. Kansas City has won three of its last four road games after going 4-11 away from home from August 1-24.
  3. The White Sox avoided a sweep and snapped a five-game home losing streak by beating the Angels, 5-1, on Sunday. Chicago had gone 26-20 at home up until July 22, but has since gone 8-17, averaging an MLB-low 3.12 runs in that span.
  4. Hunter Dozier has gone 11-for-18 (.611) over his last five games, picking up multiple hits in four of the five. The Royals have a team OPS of .712 and average 4.36 runs with Dozier starting this season compared to marks of .671 and 3.70 with him out of the lineup.
  5. Jose Abreu has 31 home runs and 33 doubles this season, his sixth consecutive season to begin his career with at least 50 extra-base hits. He has 403 extra-base hits in his career, most by any player in his first six seasons with the White Sox all-time.
  6. Jakob Junis picked up a win his last time out despite allowing four runs to Detroit -- Junis has gone 1-11 in 14 starts with four or more runs allowed in 2019. Ivan Nova has a 10.80 ERA over his last two starts after posting a 0.94 mark in his seven previous starts from July 22-August 24.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2019 thru 9/12/2019

Maybe the Chicago White Sox are just the remedy Glenn Sparkman needs.

Sparkman (3-11, 5.97 ERA) will take the mound Wednesday for the Kansas City Royals as they face the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a three-game series. Reynaldo Lopez (9-12, 5.17) will get the start for the White Sox.

Both pitchers will be looking to keep the ball in the ballpark after the Royals and White Sox each hit three home runs in Chicago's 7-3 victory Tuesday night. The difference was that the White Sox had runners on base when they hit theirs and the Royals didn't.

Sparkman threw the first shutout of his career against the White Sox in Kansas City on July 16. He struck out eight and walked only one while allowing five hits.

But Sparkman has struggled ever since. In nine games, he has lost six straight decisions, producing an 8.32 ERA, a stretch that included a 6-4 loss to Detroit in his last start. He took a 3-1 lead into the fourth inning, but then he allowed three home runs in a span of four batters.

The long ball is not a new concern. Sparkman has served up 27 home runs this season, second most on the staff behind Jakob Junis, who gave up three homers Tuesday. Sparkman knows that needs to change in years to come.

"One hundred percent," he said. "I keep giving up these home runs, and I never really gave my team a chance to stay in the game. So it's tough."

Sparkman is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts against the White Sox this season. He has no other decisions against the White Sox in his career, though his career ERA is 2.91 with three additional relief appearances.

Lopez will be facing the Royals for the fifth time this season. He's 2-1 with a 4.57 ERA in his first four starts. His four career wins (4-2, 4.71 ERA) against the Royals are his most against any team.

While Sparkman has been on a consistent slide, Lopez has been up and down all season. He hasn't lost more than two games in a row all season, but if he picks up a win Wednesday, he'll win his second straight for only the second time all season as well.

There is no better example than his last two starts. On Aug. 31 in Atlanta, he lasted just two-thirds of an inning, allowing six runs on six hits. But in his latest start, Thursday in Cleveland, he threw a complete-game one-hitter in a commanding 7-1 victory. He struck out 11 and walked three, reaching double-digit strikeouts for the third time this season.

Throwing 70 of his 109 pitches for strikes, Lopez finished off his first career complete game by retiring the last 16 Cleveland hitters he faced.

"All of it bears totally on execution," White Sox manager Rich Renteria said after Lopez's last start. "You miss with good hitters, they'll get you. Today, he really came out executing."

The Royals and White Sox are completing their season competition against each other, with the White Sox owning a 9-8 edge through the first 17 games.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 11, 2019

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