Feeling Like We’re in the ATL. Series Preview: White Sox Versus Braves

Sox vs BravesIf you are in Chicago, you have probably felt the heat of late. Actually, it now feels like summer in Chicago. Steady temperatures in the high 80s with feels all the way over 100 degrees. Yep, it is finally summer around here. For some, it might feel as though we’re in the wonderful southern heat. Perhaps the heat of Atlanta? If you feel like you might be visiting the heat of Atlanta, that is rather fitting since the Braves are coming town for the first weekend set post All-Star break. Here is what to know about the upcoming weekend series;

2013 Record: White Sox 37-55, 5th in AL Central. Braves 54-41, 1st in NL East

2010 Series Record: 3-0

All-Time Series Record: 5-4 (The Sox are 5-1 against the Braves at home)

The following pitchers are expected to pitch in the three games this weekend:

Tim Hudson: 6-7, 4.02 ERA, 82K vs John Danks: 2-6, 4.31 ERA, 45K

TBD vs. Jake Peavy: 6-4, 4.30 ERA, 66K

TBD vs. Jose Quintana: 4-2, 3.71 ERA, 90K

Friday’s game begins at 7:10 pm, Saturday’s game begins at 3:05 pm and Sunday’s game starts at 1:10 pm. All times CDT.

I don’t know about you, but it has been nice to not see White Sox baseball on my television. Normally, I don’t feel that way about it, but given how this season has progressed, this is a perfectly reasonable view to take.

The first half of the season has just been terrible. The highlights have been seeing Chris Sale take another step forward as a pitcher. Unfortunately, he ends up getting an L next to his name because the defense and offense fail him.

Hector Santiago stepping up and pitching well has also been wonderful to see. Other than that, as well as Jose Quintana looking good most of the time, there has been nothing to get excited about. Now, with the trade deadline looming, we are just waiting to see who will be shipped out of town next.

So far, Matt Thornton has been traded. Jake Peavy returns tomorrow night and depending on how good he looks. It might be the last time we see him in a White Sox uniform.

There are still some guys who may leave as well, including Alex Rios and maybe even Alexei Ramirez. No matter as the next few weeks will be interesting to see as to where the Chicago White Sox are headed.

Meanwhile, the Braves are leading their division and hoping for a return to the post season. In the off season, they acquired an Upton so now the team has the Upton brothers patrolling the outfield. Unfortunately, B.J. is on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained adductor muscle. Justin also suffered a strained calf and is hoping to avoid the DL.

Aside from the Upton brothers, the Braves are also dealing with Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman having injuries. While the injuries are far from ideal, the Braves have managed to have a six-game lead in the division. Obviously, the team is hoping that the injuries will not slow them down and the offense will pick up to take them to the post-season.

*Paul Konerko is on a rehab assignment and hopefully is back with the team early next week.

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