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Gamethread: Royals at White Sox

How many F-bombs will Don Cooper have to drop to get Reynaldo López on track?

Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox
Swaggy: Yesterday, and for one night running, both TA and Yolmer could afford a bit of victory shenanigans.
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Didya see any of the three dozen tweets with the “f-word” sent out by the Athletic today? So cute.

What was funny is that later, in some tweet responses, James made a point of saying you don’t want to overuse cussing, but sometimes inserting it helps a reader be convinced of a interview subject’s genuineness. Not really sure I see that here. The insertion here sort of makes Coop seem more unhinged.

Anyway, I’m just joshing with the VC darlings of sports journalism’s “new world.” After all, they’re reinventing sportswriting, one article every couple of days at a time.

In actual Chicago White Sox news, the team unearthed something that is a bit of a cherry-pick, but a damn cool cherry-pick, indeed:

Lineups, as the White Sox go for three straight wins and four of five:

Reynaldo López is still looking for his first good start of the season, as he enters with a 12.15 ERA in 13 13 innings. Interestingly, Tim Anderson, who has been hot all season, is batting sixth tonight. Welington Castillo is in the starting lineup again, as he bats seventh. He broke an 0-for-23 slump last night, as his two-run homer in the eighth proved to be the decisive blow.

For K.C.:

Reynaldo will be squaring up against Jorge López, which makes tonight’s game a historic one. Of course, that is not due to any important reasons, but it is something, I suppose.

The Royals’ Lopez enters with a 3.71 ERA in 17 innings this year. Still a small sample size even if we include his entire MLB career, as he has a 4.79 ERA in 82 23 innings.

I wasn’t aware of the Always Royal slogan for the 2019 Kansas City Royals. Probably a good thing; it’s lame.

All right, grumpy gamethread mode over. It’s a double-WGN game, 7:10 p.m.