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Brady Singer will rejoin Royals to face White Sox in DH
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
- The White Sox and Royals met earlier this season with Kansas City winning the series, 2-1. The Royals have scored three or more runs in eight straight games against the White Sox, their longest active streak against any opponent.
- Chicago is 16-17 on the season with a run differential of -30. They are the third team in the last two decades to have 16 or more wins through 33 games with that low of a run differential, joining the 2021 Royals (16-17, -31) and the 2015 White Sox (16-17, -33).
- Johnny Cueto will be making his White Sox debut in tonight's game. Cueto has four previous starts against the Royals in his career, holding a 1-3 record in those games with an ERA of 4.74 and 19 strikeouts.
- The Royals notched 14 extra base hits in their most recent series against Colorado, taking the series, 2-1. It was the most extra-base hits by Kansas City in a single series since they also had 14 in a series against the White Sox in July of last season.
- Brad Keller has a WHIP of just 0.98 this season after finishing 2021 with a 1.66 in that category. His 0.68 decrease in WHIP is the second largest in baseball, trailing only Oakland's Paul Blackburn (-0.72) among pitchers with 25.0 or more innings pitched in both seasons.
- Bobby Witt Jr. has hit home runs in each of his last two games. He joins Eric Hosmer (2011) and Johnny Damon (1995) as the only Royals to hit a homer in consecutive games at age 21 or younger.
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The condensed schedule, caused by the late start to spring training and the regular season, has led to day-night doubleheaders such as the one facing the Chicago White Sox and the host Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.
The White Sox won the series opener 5-3 in 10 innings Monday night on Luis Robert's two-out, two-run home run. The visitors took a 3-0 lead to the eighth, but the Royals tied it on a two-run double by Whit Merrifield and an RBI single by Andrew Benintendi before Robert's heroics.
Chicago will send Dylan Cease (3-1, 3.55 ERA) to the mound in the first game Tuesday, and the White Sox planned to wait until after that game to determine who would get the ball for the nightcap. Manager Tony La Russa said it's possible that Lucas Giolito (2-1, 2.70) could return from the COVID injured list, but that was to be determined.
The Royals will have Jonathan Heasley (0-1, 2.70 ERA) pitch the first game, while Brady Singer (0-0, 6.35) will pitch the nightcap.
The twin bill is part of a five-game series that will stretch both clubs' rosters.
"If there were five days (to play the five games), that would be one thing," La Russa said. "If you had a little break before or after it would be another thing. But it's the same thing for them. They just had a series in Colorado, and they've got another series coming this weekend.
"It's a lot of games. We're all protecting our staffs, and we don't have a lot of extra players. There will be a bunch of guys who play both games (Tuesday). You have to figure out who needs a break."
La Russa said that Giolito would pitch in the series, it's just a question of Tuesday or Wednesday.
"The good part of it is that all the signs are looking up on Gio," the manager said. "We're going to wait and see. There's enough going on with the game we're playing (Monday) and the first game (Tuesday)."
Cease, who is 3-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 10 career starts against the Royals, has been hot and cold this season. He has yielded 15 runs total in his seven starts, but 10 of them came in two outings.
The right-hander gave up six runs in four innings during a no-decision against the New York Yankees on Thursday in his latest start.
Heasley has not faced the White Sox in his brief career. He will be making his second appearance of the season Tuesday, after taking a 3-1 loss in a start at Texas on Thursday. Heasley allowed one run on four hits with one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings. Four walks, and no offensive support, did him in.
Singer, who is due to be recalled from Triple-A Omaha for the start, needs to find the form that made him one of the Royals' top pitching prospects. He made just three outings, all in relief, before being sent to the minors on April 28.
"I'm excited to get him out there," Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. "We know he's a big part of this organization. It's good to see that he had a couple of good outings (with Omaha). He got work, and he wasn't getting work here.
"To be honest, how we've had to work our staff, and our 'pen especially, we need our starters to take the ball and go. We're not trying to put extra pressure on them. That's what we want every single night. But I know that's what Brady wants to do and I know that's what Jonathan wants to do.
"We're in a long stretch of games with a doubleheader right in the middle of it. It puts a lot of pressure on us to pound the zone and make quality pitches."
The White Sox have won two of their past three games while the Royals have lost six of nine.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 17, 2022