Opening Day for the Chicago White Sox went about as bad as it could have with the Good Guys losing to the Kansas City Royals, 10-1 Monday at Kauffman Stadium.
With 161 games still on the schedule, the Opening Day loss is behind all of us, and now it is time to get excited for Wednesday’s game with left-hander Jose Quintana on the mound.
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Before we preview the game, here is some info on how to view and listen to it, as the White Sox play the second of three games against the Royals:
• Location: Kauffman Stadium
• Records: White Sox (0-1), Royals (1-0)
• First Pitch Time: 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT)
• Where to Watch: WGN, FSKC, MLB.TV (Out of Market), MLB Extra Innings (Out of Market)
• Audio: WSCR 670, WRTO 1200, MLB Audio
• Game Time Weather: 70 degrees (40-55 percent chance of rain throughout game)
Mar 4, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana throws in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a spring training baseball game at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
• Pitching Matchup: White Sox — Jose Quintana (LHP) vs. Danny Duffy (LHP)
This should be a very interesting matchup to watch on Wednesday with Quintana due against the Royals.
Quintana in 78 career innings pitched against Kansas City is 0-6 with a 4.38 ERA and 57 strikeouts. Lorenzo Cain has 32 at-bats against Quintana with a .313 average and three RBIs against Quintana. Also watch for Salvador Perez who is batting .333 with two home runs and six RBIs in 30 at-bats vs. the White Sox lefty.
Duffy has pitched 16.2 innings against the White Sox, where he is 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA with 16 strikeouts. Jose Abreu in four at-bats vs. Duffy last season batted .500 with on home run and two RBIs.
Alexei Ramirez has past success vs. Duffy with a .375 average in eight at-bats with one RBI.
• Pick to Click:
Again with the aforementioned stats of Ramirez vs. Duffy, I’m predicting Ramirez two gets two hits against Duffy on Wednesday with one RBI.
On Opening Day, Ramirez was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
• AL Central Standings (as of Tuesday, April 7)
Detroit Tigers: 1-0
Kansas City Royals: 1-0
Chicago White Sox: 0-1
Cleveland Indians: 0-1
Minnesota Twins: 0-1
• Pregame thoughts:
Yes, the Opening Day game was very tough to watch, but it was just one game on 162, so with some new parts to the team, it might take a little longer for everything to gel than we expected. We also have to remember the Royals are a very good baseball team, a team that’s the reigning American League champions.
I would like to see the White Sox run the bases a little better, plus the defense will eventually be smoother as well.
There isn’t a lot I’m taking from Opening Day, except it was just a bad game mostly all-around, and Wednesday will hopefully be a lot smoother for the Good Guys from start to finish.