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Pressure on White Sox starter Lopez to turn season around

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Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox

  1. After losing 10 straight games, the Royals swept the Indians in a three-game series. Kansas City has gone eight consecutive games without committing an error, the longest such streak by any team this season.
  2. The White Sox won two out of three games on the road against the Yankees. Chicago has a 4-4 record with a +4-run differential on the road this season, compared to 1-5 mark with a -29-run differential at home -- only the Orioles (-31) have a worse run differential at home this season.
  3. The Royals won two of three games at home against the White Sox to open the season. Kansas City went 4-5 on the road against the White Sox last season, including losses in three of the last four games.
  4. Whit Merrifield (5) and Adalberto Mondesi (5) are one of two pairs of teammates with at least five stolen bases this season (Dee Gordon and Mallex Smith of the Mariners). Kansas City is tied with Seattle for the MLB lead in steals with 19, while the White Sox rank fourth in MLB with 13 stolen bases.
  5. Ervin Santana allowed seven earned runs and three home runs in his first start with the White Sox on April 9. Over his last six starts overall, Santana has a 9.21 ERA with 12 home runs allowed in 28.1 innings.
  6. There are three players in all of baseball with at least five extra-base hits and five stolen bases this season, and all will be featured in this series: Tim Anderson, Whit Merrifield and Adalberto Mondesi.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/15/2019 thru 4/17/2019

Chicago White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez may be missing locations, but he's not pulling punches.

Assessing his struggles entering Tuesday night's start against the visiting Kansas City Royals, Lopez -- 0-2 with a 12.15 ERA in three starts this season -- is up front, and then some.

"They have been three bad outings," Lopez recently told reporters. "There's no other way to say it. There's three bad outings. It's frustrating because you know that you need to do better and you want to do better. Not just for yourself but for your team and especially for the bullpen, for the relievers."

Lopez has logged just 13 1/3 innings in 2019, including a March 30 start in Kansas City during which he allowed four runs and six hits in four innings. Lopez walked four and hit a batter during his season debut, and the control issues have not subsided since.

He has walked 12 and allowed six home runs. Opponents are batting .367 against the 25-year-old Lopez, who was 7-10 with a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts last season.

"No excuses," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said recently. "Some of his misses are significant, a foot or two at times. He's trying to put himself back on track. It's a work in progress trying to be consistent, repeat his delivery so he can take advantage of that nice arm angle."

Lopez hopes extra film study with pitching coach Don Cooper and the rest of the club's coaching staff will help him adjust and move past his early-season slump. Lopez has struck out five in each of his past two starts, but also has allowed three home runs in each game.

"I know that I'm going to be able to adjust those things to fix it," Lopez said. "But it's just ... taking me a little bit of time. Definitely something it is in my mechanics. Not mentally. The trouble is in my mechanics."

The Royals are set to start righty Jorge Lopez (0-1, 3.71 ERA), who will look to improve upon his shaky season debut against the White Sox.

Chicago reached Lopez for four runs and six hits -- including two home runs -- in five innings on March 31, taking the loss as the Royals were unable to secure the series sweep.

Kansas City did earn a sweep this past weekend, however, defeating the reigning American League Central champion Cleveland Indians in three straight games at Kauffman Stadium. Hunter Dozier delivered a game-ending single in the finale, boosting a Royals team that had lost 10 straight games entering the series.

"We're a lot better than a 10-game losing streak," Royals manager Ned Yost told the media following the series. "I think that's a really good team over there (the Indians). Of course, they've been touted to be the head of this division. I think they're an extremely good team, but I think we're a good team, too."

The Royals squandered leads of 3-0 and 4-3 in Monday's series opener against the White Sox in their bid for a fourth successive victory. Tuesday marks the second game in a 10-game road trip that also includes visits to the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 16, 2019

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