The Chicago White Sox broke their four-game winning streak behind yet another dominating performance from Cy Young candidate Chris Sale (I’d say that he’s firmly in the lead at this point), salvaging a 2-1 win in the series finale with the Astros. They’ll turn to Jose Quintana to keep that momentum going as they welcome the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals to town on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Quintana has been a solid number two for the South Siders this season, sporting a 5-2 record to go with his American League-leading 1.54 ERA. After winning four straight starts, Quintana lost his last outing against the Yankees, but really was just a victim of lack of run support, something he knows all too well. He threw seven strong innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hits, striking out five in the process.
Kansas City will start Dillon Gee, who’s pitched in long relief for most of the year, but made his first start of the season last Saturday, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Braves. This will be his first-ever appearance against the White Sox.
Here’s everything else you need to know about today’s series opener.
Kansas City Royals (20-20) at Chicago White Sox (25-16)
Time: 7:10 PM CT
Location: U.S. Cellular Field
Radio: WLS 890, WRTO 1200
Starting Pitchers: Dillon Gee (0-1, 3.12 ERA) vs Jose Quintana (5-2, 1.54 ERA)