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Gamethread: White Sox at Royals

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The White Sox look to bounce back after yesterday’s lopsided loss

Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics
Back to the grind: Iván Nova looks to improve on his last outing, when he allowed four runs on 10 hits.
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Last night’s game was a nightmare, so there is pretty much nowhere to go but up. The White Sox (42-49) turn to Iván Nova to get them back on track. Nova had a mediocre outing in his last start, allowing four runs on 10 hits in six innings in Oakland. That turned out to be the first loss of the White Sox’s current five-game losing streak. Nova enters with a 5.60 ERA, 5.44 FIP, 4.75 xFIP, and only 0.5 fWAR. However, Nova pitched well in his only start against Kansas City this year. In that game, he allowed only one run on six hits in five innings, and the White Sox won 2-1.

Pitching for the Royals (34-62) will be 30-year-old left-hander Danny Duffy. Duffy has a 4.64 ERA, 4.92 FIP, 5.27 xFIP, and 0.6 fWAR. This will be his first start against the White Sox this season. In his career, he has average numbers in 24 games against the White Sox (4.09 ERA, opponents slashing .273/.322/.413 against him). Here is the Statcast rundown of Duffy this season:

Feeling blue: Duffy has mediocre numbers this year, and Statcast does not give us reason to believe that is a fluke.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

The White Sox made the following announcement today:

After the collision with Charlie Tilson yesterday, it is no surprise to see Eloy Jiménez making a trip to the injured list. Let’s hope he has a speedy recovery. Let’s also hope that the White Sox learn how old their key players are (Eloy is 22, not 23). Meanwhile, Ryan Goins will be joining the 25-man roster. Best of luck to him, as he has his first opportunity to play in the major leagues this season.

Tonight’s game will start at 7:15 CST and will be televised on NBC Sports Chicago. WGN 720 will have your radio coverage. Let’s break this losing streak.