MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

Royals 8, White Sox 3: The 19th game in this season series goes much like the previous 18

Carlos Rodon and the White Sox squared off against the Royals for the final time this season, and received a proper drubbing. With the loss they closed out 2016 with a record of 5-14 against their division rivals. • Things looked rosy early as Justin Morneau’s booming double was promptly followed up by a Todd […]

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Royals 10, White Sox 3: Man, this team has a lot of problems and all of them were really, really obvious today

For fans of teams out of contention late in the year, a lot of September baseball watching is about finding silver linings: young players developing, personal achievements, and really any sign of hope for the coming year. For the White Sox, this month has provided a few such opportunities: Tim Anderson has continued to develop […]

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Royals 3, White Sox 2: Good Miguel Gonzalez Start Wasted

It’s no secret that the White Sox have struggled playing at Kauffman Stadium this season. They’ve won just two games at the Royals home park this season, with one of those coming Friday thanks to Chris Sale‘s complete game gem. With Miguel Gonzalez on the mound against Jason Vargas, the White Sox continued their Kansas […]

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White Sox 7, Royals 4: Where was Carlos Sanchez all season?

Reeling from a downward spiral started by an errant Tyler Saladino throw on a hard grounder that should have ended the fifth, the White Sox did not seem primed for a breakthrough when Kelvin Herrera buzzed Todd Frazier‘s tower with one out in the top of the eighth. 1. Frazier made his unhappiness known, while Salvador […]

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Royals 2, White Sox 0: Offense does too little for Sale to matter

Chris Sale was not at his absolute, truly, very best. Behind his huge strikeout total, his fastball command wavered throughout, his home run problems returned, and aaaaaaalllllll of this is pointless nitpicking since the Sox offense could do nothing at all against Ian Kennedy and the Royals. 1. Absolutely nothing, complete bupkus. Sox bats managed […]

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Royals 6, White Sox 5: Shields got a quality start

In a lot of traditional respects, the White Sox lost a heartbreaker Saturday night. After a thrilling Carlos Rodon start Friday, and Chris Sale set for the finale, they were tantalizingly close to an improbable opportunity to sweep the defending champion Royals, right on the heels of their second series win over a non-Twins AL […]

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White Sox 7, Royals 2: Carlos Rodon Continues to be Good

The White Sox came into Friday’s game with a 67-72 record and completely out of the playoff picture. The Royals were 72-67 and barely holding onto hope of making the playoffs to defend their World Series Championship. As the season winds down, the 3.5 games and three teams that separate the Royals from the playoffs […]

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Royals 2, White Sox 1: Rookies perform well after Gonzalez injury, but still no offense

Conceding that the Sox cannot hit, they lost again, Danny Duffy owns them (and the rest of the league too, now), Miguel Gonzalez got hurt, and most of the results for the rest of the season are meaningless: hey hey, some good things happened Friday night! 1. Gonzalez looked really crisp for that inning he […]

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Royals 3, White Sox 2 – Finally enough blown leads and offensive ineptitude to lose

It turns out there are limits to things. Limits to how long a team can stay in a game when failing to produce against 12 innings of fluff pitching (the game was 14 innings long but some of these pitchers were actually good), limits to how many one-run leads they can cough up, and limits […]

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White Sox 7, Royals 5: Frazier’s blast, two-out rally carry Sox in extras

White Sox games against Kansas City, and certainly in Kansas City, feel like a nightmare. A specific nightmare, where the impossibly slow villain that you can easily outrun is chasing you, but you keep falling down, repeatedly, and then inexplicably, and then it becomes the rule, and by the time you realize the game is […]