MLB 2018 Game #13: Royals vs. White SoxThis afternoon, the two worst teams in the American League Central will battle in the series rubber game. Last night, the Kansas City Royals (38-85, .309) beat the Chicago White Sox (45-77, .369), 3-1. The Cleveland Indians (70-52, .574) hold a 25-game lead over the fourth-place White Sox and a 32 1/2-game lead over the last-place Royals.
Back in July, I saw the same two teams play at Guaranteed Rate Field just before the All-Star Game break. Daniel Palka's two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning set the tone for the afternoon. The White Sox hammered the Royals, 10-1.
This afternoon, the Royals will start 24-year-old Heath Fillmyer (1-1, 3.61 ERA). Fillmyer, who made his major league debut earlier this season on June 24, appeared in 10 games for the Royals. Six of those appearances were starts. The deepest he has pitched in a game was seven innings against the Chicago Cubs. He earned the win after allowing no runs on three hits and two walks. Fillmyer made a relief appearance against the White Sox on July 13. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowed one run (a solo blast by Jose Abreu), three hits and two walks.
Reynaldo Lopez, the 24-year-old righty, (4-9, 4.40 ERA) will pitch for the White Sox. I was in attendance on August 7 when Lopez stretched a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Lopez ended up with a no-decision as the New York Yankees (77-46, .626) defeated the White Sox, 4-3, in 13 innings.
Note: Earlier this season, the White Sox were on a pace to drop more games than the 1962 New York Mets. Since then, they have won far too many games to achieve that feat. Even if the South Siders lose all 40 of their remaining contests, they can only lose 117 games. Despite that, they remain on pace to lose 102 games. Even the Royals are on pace for 112 losses.