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Game 6 - Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

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Royals go for the 2 game sweep today.

Starters:

Buehrle (1-0, 6.00 ERA) vs. Francis (0-0, 1.29 ERA)

Here is a comparison of the two bullpens so far this season:

Team W L SV G IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP LOB% GB% HR/FB ERA FIP xFIP WAR
Royals 4 0 1 18 23 6.65 2.35 0.78 0.318 95.4 % 40.9 % 8.7 % 1.57 3.38 3.61 0.4
White Sox 0 1 0 13 12.1 7.3 3.65 2.19 0.422 57.0 % 53.3 % 18.8 % 10.22 5.71 4.30 0

A few numbers that stick out:

  • 95% LOB% - Sweet, not going to be maintained, but much better than the 57% that Chicago has now.
  • I would like to see the K/9 a little higher, but 2.35 walks is outstanding.
  • xFIP between bullpens is actually pretty close. The HR/FB and LOB% explain the differences in ERA and FIP

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