The Kansas City Royals square off against the division-rival Chicago White Sox today at 2:05 PM CST in Glendale, AZ. Danny Duffy gets the nod for the Royals while his bats face Michael Kopech for the second time in Spring Training.
Kansas City heads into this game on a two-game losing streak. The Royals will surely be looking to put those losses behind them. In his first start of Spring Training, Danny Duffy surrendered two runs in two innings. Although it’s just the spring, Duffy would still like to begin his 2018 playing at a high level. He’ll get another crack at a solid outing today against the White Sox.
A player to watch for in this game for the Royals is Jorge Soler. Soler has had a few highs this spring but has also struggled immensely at points. Hitting just .167 in Spring Training, it’s important that Soler begins to gain some confidence heading into the regular season.
The White Sox
As previously mentioned, tantalizing prospect Michael Kopech will take the mound for Chicago to start today’s contest. Kopech tossed 2.1 shutout innings vs. the Royals on March 3 en route to a 9-5 victory.
The White Sox currently hold a 7-5 record in Spring Training, good for fourth in the Cactus League standings. A key to victory for them is to get Kopech to set the tone (again) with a stellar pair of innings to open the game. This is a split-squad matchup for Chicago, so the Royals will only get to see a fraction of the opposing players they would if this were a normal game.
Today’s game can be accessed on Fox Sports Kansas City, through KCSP 610 Radio, or on MLB.com. Follow us for updates throughout the game, then come back to Kings of Kauffman afterward for a thorough recap.