After the thrilling 2-1 victory over Cleveland (52-51), the White Sox (62-44) are back in action tonight against the Royals (45-59). The Royals enter tonight’s action with a three-game losing streak, but prior to that, they had won eight of their last nine games.
For the second time in the past week, Dylan Cease will start a game against the Royals. Cease’s last start was on July 26, when he allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings against Kansas City. Cease got a no-decision, but the White Sox won by a score of 5-3. Cease enters tonight’s game with a 4.14 ERA, 3.88 xERA, 3.61 FIP, and 2.5 fWAR.
Kris Bubic, a 23-year-old left-hander, will start for Kansas City. Bubic has a 4.58 ERA, 5.63 xERA, 5.51 FIP, and -0.2 fWAR this season. Bubic has pitched 11 2⁄3 innings against the White Sox this season, and his numbers are strong (1.54 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, .154/.233/.179 opposing slash line).
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
Tonight's #WhiteSox starters at Guaranteed Rate Field!— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 3, 2021
⏰: 7:10 p.m. CT
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Kris Bubic has recorded quality starts in each of his starts since the All-Star break. Here's how we'll line up behind him tonight in Chicago.#TogetherRoyal pic.twitter.com/xnixEbrRa7— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 3, 2021
Eloy Jiménez is back in the starting lineup, folks. That is excellent news for the middle of the order.
Earlier, the White Sox made the following announcement:
Prior to tonight’s series opener vs. Kansas City, the #WhiteSox recalled right-handed pitcher Matt Foster from Class AAA Charlotte.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 3, 2021
Foster will replace Jimmy Lambert, who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.
The game will start at 7:10 p.m. CST. As usual, NBC Sports Chicago will televise the game, and WMVP 1000 AM will have the radio coverage. Time to solve Bubic for the first time this season.