The Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball. The New York Yankees have won an AL-best eight of their last 10 games. But the team that holds the Major League's longest current winning streak? That would be the Chicago White Sox, who have won five straight and can sweep the Kansas City Royals tonight on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 7 p.m., followed by White Sox Postgame Live with Chuck Garfein and Bill Melton.
The streak began Friday in Minnesota and continued last night, when Andre Rienzo picked up his first career win in the White Sox 5-2 win. Dayan Viciedo connected on his second career grand slam to propel the Sox, while Rienzo threw six innings of two-run ball to shut down the Royals.
The South Siders have outscored their opponents 25-11 during the streak. It's the team's longest win streak of the season and has showed off the true talents of a team that has struggled mightily to a 51-74 record.
To keep the streak alive, Robin Ventura sends Jose Quintana to the hill to face Kansas City ace James Shields. Quintana has arguably been Chicago's most consistent starter this year, but is winless in three starts against the Royals this season (0-1, 3.64). Shields beat Quintana at U.S. Cellular Field on July 26, tossing seven shutout innings for the win. In four starts against the White Sox, Shields is 1-0 with a 1.73 ERA. After beginning the year 2-6, Shields is 6-2 with a 3.39 ERA in his last 15 starts since June 1 (the Royals have won 12 of his 15 starts).
The Royals are now 6.5 games behind Oakland for the final playoff spot, so they'll need another quality start from their ace to make up some ground they lost earlier in the week. The White Sox claim they're not trying to play spoiler, but that's exactly what they'd be doing if they're able to pull off a sweep of the Royals.
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