Kopech didn't factor into the decision in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Royals, allowing one run on two hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out five. The right-hander fired 40 of 65 pitches for strikes but wasn't allowed to head out for the fifth inning to try and secure his third win of the year. Kopech has been outstanding no matter what role he's been used in, posting a 1.71 ERA and 40:10 K:BB through 26.1 innings over 10 appearances (three starts).
Kopech will start the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Royals, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. White Sox manager Tony La Russa was leaning toward Kopech making the start but wanted to get through the three-game series against Minnesota first, in case he was needed out of the bullpen. This will be Kopech's third start and first since April 25 against the Rangers, when he struck out 10 over 87 pitches and five innings.
Kopech is being considered to start one of Friday's doubleheader games against the Royals, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Used primarily has a multi-inning reliever in 2021, Kopech has started two games, including a 10-strikeout performance over five innings April 25 against the Rangers. He most recently pitched Saturday, when the right-hander allowed one run and three hits while striking out one over two innings (28 pitches).
Kopech allowed one hit and struck out three over three scoreless innings in Saturday's 7-3 win over Cleveland. Kopech pitched for the first time since a five-inning start last Sunday and picked up his first hold of the season. The right-hander continues to dominate whether as a starter or reliever. He's started twice, but the White Sox are largely sticking to the plan of using him for multiple-inning stints out of the bullpen. Kopech has a 1.45 ERA and 0.64 WHIP with a 30:4 K:BB while holding opponents to a .125 batting average in 18.2 innings.
Kopech (2-0) allowed one run on four hits and struck out 10 over five innings to earn the win Sunday versus the Rangers. Kopech wasn't expected to make a long start, but he did enough to be eligible for the win. The White Sox offense took care of the rest, providing plenty of run support. The 24-year-old right-hander has a 1.72 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 27:4 K:BB across 15.2 innings this season. He's made two starts and six total appearances, but Kopech may have to settle for a long-relief role once Lance Lynn (back) returns.
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