Friday, April 4th, 3:10 PM CDT
Erik Johnson, RHP vs Jeremy Guthrie, LHP
Name IP ERA K/9 BB/9 BABIP WHIP Johnson 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 .000 0.00 Guthrie 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 .000 0.00
The road portion of the '14 season begins for the White Sox in Kansas City and the rookie right-hander gets the call. Johnson has just five starts of Major League experience coming last September, after making his Major League debut on Sept. 4.
The Royals' top winner last season (15-12) was picked for the home opener because he's an unflappable veteran who has started season openers for his club in four of the six previous seasons. He was also 3-2 vs. the White Sox last year.
Saturday, April 5th, 1:10 PM CDT
John Danks, LHP vs Bruce Chen, LHP
Name IP ERA K/9 BB/9 BABIP WHIP Danks 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 .000 0.00 Chen 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 .000 0.00
Approximately 20 months removed from season-ending arthroscopic shoulder surgery in Aug., '12, Danks looked as strong as any White Sox starter during Spring Training. Danks posted a 4-14 record over 22 starts last season but has greater arm strength.
This is Chen's sixth year with the Royals and he's led them in victories three times. Last year he began in the bullpen but rejoined the rotation in mid-July and had a 0.94 ERA in his first six starts. He's 7-2 vs. the White Sox the past three years.
Sunday, April 6th, 1:10 PM CDT
Chris Sale, LHP vs James Shields, RHP
Name IP ERA K/9 BB/9 BABIP WHIP Sale 7.1 3.68 9.8 1.2 .294 0.818 Shields 6.1 4.26 4.3 1.4 .211 0.947
Two Opening Day starts, two victories for the All-Star southpaw, as he came up on the winning end of Monday's 5-3 decision over the Twins. While Sale struggled early with his control within the strike zone, he finished with eight strikeouts.
On Opening Day at Detroit, Shields took a no-decision after the bullpen gave up his 3-1 lead in the seventh before a walk-off loss in the ninth. Last year, Shields had a 2.03 ERA in six starts against the White Sox.