* The Chicago White Sox went 73-89 in 2014 after a 63-win 2013 campaign. The last two seasons are Chicago’s first back-to-back full seasons with fewer than 75 wins since 1988-89.
* Last season, the Kansas City Royals went 89-73 and made the postseason for the first time since 1985. Kansas City then became the first team ever to win its first eight postseason games in a single postseason, but the Royals fell in the World Series to the Giants, 4-3.
* Chicago has won five of its last six Opening Day games, with the lone loss coming in 2012 at Texas (3-2). The White Sox are 4-3 all-time against the Royals on Opening Day, but they have gone just 1-3 at Kansas City.
* Kansas City has lost six straight games on Opening Day, tied for the second-longest active streak in the majors (Oakland – 10, Minnesota – 6). The Royals are just 15-31 (.326) in season openers all-time, the worst mark among active MLB franchises.
* The Royals went 13-6 against the White Sox last season, their most wins ever in a season against Chicago. Kansas City has won each of the last four season series against the White Sox after going 0-9-1 in the previous 10 seasons.
* Jose Abreu burst onto the scene with 35 doubles and 36 home runs last season, becoming the third rookie in MLB history with at least 35 doubles and 35 homers (Hal Trosky in 1934, Albert Pujols in 2001). Abreu’s power declined as the season went on (29 homers before the All-Star break, seven after), but his batting average surged (.292 before the break, AL-best .350 after).
* Mike Moustakas led all players with five home runs in the 2014 postseason, the most ever in a single postseason by a Royal, after hitting just one home run in the final 49 games of the regular season. Moustakas’ .212 batting average last season was third worst among players with at least 500 plate appearances (Chris Davis and Melvin Upton Jr.).
* After splitting the 2014 season between the Cubs and Athletics, Jeff Samardzija was traded to the other side of Chicago to play for the White Sox. Samardzija is the first pitcher to make his White Sox debut as the Opening Day starter since David Wells in 2001.
* Last season, Yordano Ventura became the first Royals rookie with 14 wins since Tom Gordon in 1989 (17), and his 159 strikeouts were the most by a Royals rookie since Steve Busby in 1973 (174).