The Kansas City Royals will be back at Surprise stadium today to take on the Chicago White Sox. The Royals will send Ian Kennedy to the hill to start the game against Michael Kopech. At 2:05 PM CST, the Royals will look to come back from yesterday’s loss.
After yesterday’s loss, the Royals will continue to evaluate their roster. Yesterday we saw what may look close to an opening day lineup, but it is still too soon to tell. Ned Yost stated yesterday that they are still determining who is going to leadoff. From what Yost is saying is it is between Gordon and Merrifield.
Ian Kennedy will get his first look at Spring Training today as he looks to bounce back from a rough 2017. At the end of last season, Kennedy decided to not use his opt-out option and return to the Royals starting rotation this year. He is hoping to improve on last year’s ERA of 5.38.
The White Sox
Last year, the White Sox sold and vastly improved their Farm System. As the Royals will likely head down in the standings the White Sox are looking to move up and gain some experience to play for the division in the future. They are looking this Spring Training to see who is ready to make the jump to the big league roster and who needs more time to develop.
Michael Kopech, who reached AAA at the end of last year, will look to show the White Sox what he is capable of. So far this spring he only pitched two innings in which he only gave up two hits. Kopech looks to be a future starter for the White Sox – the 21-year-old has 2.84 ERA over four seasons in the minor leagues.
Keys to Success
The Kansas City Royals will look to keep evaluating players. This lineup looks as though they are trying to see what they have in some of their question marks. With Tyler Collins and Bubba Starling in the outfield and Ryan Goins, Cody Asche, and Frank Schwindel in the infield, the Royals will look to see what they have before they make their first cuts later this Spring.
How to Watch
This game will not be available on TV or the radio, however, you can listen to it on MLB.com or through the MLB At Bat app. Follow us throughout the game for updates and come back here for a recap after the game.