Originally written on Grab Some Bench  |  Last updated 4/4/13
Our Palehose were unable to complete a series sweep this afternoon, falling to the Royals 3-1 in a game where all of both team’s runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning. While the White Sox were able to defeat KC the first two games, this one looked all too familiar to the ones against the Royals last season, starting with the man on the mound ... “Cy” Guthrie Forget “Cy” Chen, Jeremy Guthrie is the new KC Royal that our White Sox make look like Cy Young. With his six innings of one-run ball and nine strikeouts today, here are Guthrie’s stats against the Sox since joining the Royals in the middle of last season: 35.2 innings pitched in five starts, two earned runs, 2-0. Again, that’s TWO earned runs in 35+ innings. That’s pretty mind-boggling when you look at the fact that Guthrie is 56-77 lifetime with an ERA well above four. Maybe the Royals coaching staff has tweaked things with Guthrie to get the most out of him. Maybe Guthrie just has a good game plan against the Sox hitters. Whatever the case may be, it’s pretty clear that he has the team’s number. KC’s Impressive Bullpen This is the first time the MLB has seen Kansas City’s young bullpen pitch with a lead this season, and I think it’s safe to say that it’s not something that teams are going to want to see very often. White Sox fans already know this from last season, but that back end of the Royals bullpen is downright nasty. Kansas City is able to trot out power arms like Aaron Crow, Kelvin Herrera, and Greg Holland all in a row, so it’s extremely important to get a lead against this Royals team. If you don’t, you’ll probably end up like the White Sox did this afternoon. Defense The White Sox committed three errors yesterday and another one today. That’s not exactly a recipe for success, especially when you’re a team that is built around strong defense like the White Sox are. Now, I fully expect this to not be a recurring trend, especially with the outfielders. When you look at this series as a whole, however, it’s something that stood out to me the most. These errors were all on routine plays, which to me points to it being a fluke. Strong Pitching Aside from the fifth inning when things got away from him a bit, Gavin Floyd was terrific and pitched well enough to win this ballgame. It remains to be seen how consistent Mr. Floyd is going to be this season, but today’s outing is probably what Sox fans REALLY want to see out of Gavin this season. Typically, we don’t see outings like these from Gavin, as they are usually flat out domination or he gets knocked around pretty well. If he’s able to give solid outings like this consistently, that will be a huge boost for this team. It was also good to see Hector Santiago give you three solid innings in a close game. If Hector’s able to throw quality innings at the back ends of close games, that’s going to save the bullpen a ton and give Robin a lot of flexibility late in ball games. Looking ahead... The Seattle Mariners come into town this weekend, and I think it’s pretty important the White Sox are able to capture Friday’s game. With a Felix Hernandez/Dylan Axelrod pitching matchup Saturday that may be hard-pressed to win, getting a good outing from Jose Quintana on Friday to put the team in position to win could be the key to winning the entire series. It will also be important to see how Alejandro De Aza and Jeff Keppinger are able to adjust, as both struggled mightily this series.
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