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Chi White Sox0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3140
Kansas City0 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 x 581
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  W: Z. Greinke (4-7)   L: D. Cease (12-5)   S: S. Barlow (18)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, August 11, 2022
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 10,009

White Sox starter Dylan Cease looks to stay hot against Royals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

  1. The White Sox have double-digit hits in each of their last five games against the Royals but have gone only 3-2 in these games. Their five straight games with 10+ hits versus the Royals is Chicago's longest active such streak against any single opponent.
  2. No MLB team has a higher road batting average this season than the White Sox at .268. Chicago hasn't led the majors in hitting in road games over a full season since 1989 when they hit .283 on the road despite finishing the season with a record of 69-92
  3. Over his last 15 games, Eloy Jimenez is hitting .396 (21-for-53) compared to .197 (13-for-66) in his first 19 games of the season. Seven of Jimenez's nine multi-hit games this season have come during his last 15 games played.
  4. Kansas City's 13-5 win over the Red Sox on Sunday was the team's largest win of the season. The victory moved the Royals to 6-48 (.111) this season when allowing five or more runs, only the Tigers have a lower win percentage in such games in 2022 (4-49, .075).
  5. MJ Melendez had six RBI in the Royals' win on Sunday. He joins Jorge Fabregas (2000) and Jerry Grote (1981) as the only Royals to ever have 6+ RBI in a game while playing catcher.
  6. Lance Lynn is 7-2 against Kansas City for his career and has won each of his last five starts in the matchup. His ERA over those last five starts is 1.08 compared to 5.13 during his first seven career starts vs. the Royals.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/9/2022 thru 8/9/2022
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

That Dylan Cease All-Star Game snub looks worse by the day, with the Chicago White Sox right-hander still sporting a sub-2.00 ERA while in the midst of a five-game hot streak in advance of his next outing Thursday.

Cease (12-4, 1.98 ERA) will conclude the White Sox's four-game road series against the Kansas City Royals in an afternoon start. Chicago will face Royals right-hander Zack Greinke (3-7, 4.58) before returning home for a weekend series against the Detroit Tigers.

If the Royals can solve Cease, they can claim their second-consecutive four-game series after defeating the White Sox 8-3 on Wednesday night. The Royals scored two runs in the sixth to tie the score, one in the seventh to take the lead on MJ Melendez's home run and four more in the eighth to ice the victory.

Now comes a test against one of the American League's best pitchers. Dating back to a July 12 start at Cleveland, Cease has given up two total runs in 30 2/3 innings for a 0.59 ERA over that stretch. He allowed just 19 total hits over that dominating run.

"He's been that way all year," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. "He's had one (bad) game. He might have a bad inning, but you can't faze him. He just keeps competing.

"He's got weapons. He's the combination of talent with a real good head, good heart and good guts. Every time he goes out there he's a little smarter. He's got to go out there tomorrow and we'll see what happens."

Thursday will mark Cease's third start this season against the Royals. He gave up two runs over six innings in a no-decision on April 27 and earned a win with 5 2/3 scoreless innings on May 17. He is 4-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts over his career against Kansas City.

Greinke has faced the White Sox plenty in his career. He's 9-10 with a 3.94 ERA in 30 appearances (27 starts). He has two no-decisions in two starts against the White Sox so far in 2022, giving up five runs over 11 2/3 innings.

Greinke has pitched better than his 3-7 record would indicate, with a handful of starts accounting for much of the damage against him. That includes his last outing, when he gave up four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday. It was the fifth time he allowed at least four earned runs in a start.

"(Red Sox hitters) kind of weren't really doing what I wanted them to do," Greinke said. "Threw some close pitches early in some counts and they took them. Then it was like they were ready to swing when I didn't want them to swing, and they weren't ready to swing when I wanted them to swing.

"So just not a lot went as it was planned."

Greinke was part of a lineup made entirely of Royals homegrown players in that start. All eight position players, the designated hitter and Greinke all were either drafted or signed originally by the Royals, something repeated in Wednesday's game. And with a homegrown-heavy rotation, that could happen often the rest of this season.

"I've always thought it was a compliment, when you have all these guys contributing at the major-league level," manager Mike Matheny said. "They're all growing up through the organization."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 11, 2022


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