After a protracted jaunt of winning, the Royals have come back down to Earth a bit, dropping two of their last three series. They managed to pull out a series win against the Minnesota Twins, but lost two of three each to fellow Wild Card contenders in Detroit and New York, respectively.
Tonight, they kick off a three game series against the Chicago White Sox. Yordano Ventura (10-9, 4.22 ERA) tilts for Kansas City. Since the beginning of July, he's been who the Royals thought they could count on for a full season. In 71 innings, he's compiled a 3.30 ERA and struck out 54 batters to just 27 walks.
The Pale Hose counter with Carlos Rodon (6-8, 3.90), who has equally exhibited a better feel as of late. Since July, he has a 3.31 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 49 innings.
Drew Butera makes an appearance behind the dish, as Paulo Orlando and Cheslor Cuthbert round out the top of the lineup.
The tarp is on the field, so this could turn into a postponed OT thread right quick.
#Royals begin divisional series tonight in Chicago. https://t.co/nEpJtrqzds #ForeverRoyal pic.twitter.com/ZDJNEpfdP7— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 9, 2016
Tonight's #SoxGameDay starters: pic.twitter.com/TsCvrHXgar— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 9, 2016