Wasn’t the weekend just so special? A four-game sweep at the hands of a division rival. With having the day off yesterday, the Sox are now back at it for the holiday week to face the Baltimore Orioles. Being the pessimist the Sox have made me this season, I expect nothing less than demoralizing losses to occur over the next three days. Here is what to know for the series:
2013 Record: White Sox 32-47, 5th in AL Central; Orioles 47-36, 2nd in AL East
2013 Season Series: 0-0
2012 Season Series: 2-6
All-Time Series Record: 364-380 (The Sox are 197-176 at home against the Orioles)
The following pitchers are expected to start this week:
John Danks: 1-5, 4.68 ERA, 32K vs. Jason Hammel: 7-4, 5.09 ERA, 66K
Hector Santiago: 3-5, 3.59 ERA, 70K vs. Miguel Gonzalez: 6-3, 3.77 ERA, 68K
Jose Quintana: 3-2, 3.97 ERA, 67K vs. TBD
Tuesday’s game starts at 7:10 pm, Wednesday’s game is at 6:10 pm and Thursday’s tilt is at 1:10 pm. All times CDT. Also, Wednesday’s game is the free MLB dot tv game of the day. Finally, the Sox do have special promotions this week on food at the park, so if you haven’t been to the park this season yet, this might be a really great time to go given the reduced costs on food and tickets.
Ah that special weekend. The Sox started out Friday’s game run putting up five runs to start the game. And then they promptly gave them back. It was interesting in that the team did manage to score double digit runs. But alas, the also gave up way more than that. The other three games over the weekend, were a bit closer in score, but still the Sox came out on the losing end. For the Indians, it was such a good weekend that it represented the first four-game sweep of the Sox since forever ago.
Of course, the Sox yet again wasted a beautiful pitching performance from Chris Sale. Every season, the Sox seem to make one pitcher on the staff wear it. This year unfortunately, it is Chris Sale’s turn. Sure, other pitchers aren’t getting any run support in games either, but it seems to hurt me a bit more to see it happen to Chris. He has gone out and pitched what weight he has off in amazing performance after amazing performance. Striking out double digit batters and walking away with nothing to show for it. That also shows just how stupid a W-L record is to judge how good a pitcher is.
Of course, this just makes things more frustrating when the one-man wrecking crew of Chris Davis and the Orioles come to play. Davis is leading the majors with 31 home runs already. He also has 80 RBI. The top two RBI men on the Sox – Adam Dunn (52) and Alejandro De Aza (40) have more combined, but just seeing those numbers and knowing they are coming from a guy who is still hitting below the Medonza line and THE LEAD OFF MAN, it is not hard to see why the Sox offense is so turrible.
Though, to be fair to Dunn, he has had an amazing month of June. Big Donkey hit .274 with nine homers and 24 RBIs which is a far cry from things compared to what his season totals look like. Unfortunately, the rest of the team hasn’t been doing that. Especially annoying when the month of June had set up to allow the Sox to take advantage of bad baseball. Only problem was the White Sox were bad baseball.
Things won’t get much better. Soon the Sox will face the division-leading Tigers and you should get used to seeing the Tigers because there will be plenty of play between the two until the end of the season. And if you have any favorite players, you should probably get ready to say goodbye to them. The non-waiver trade deadline is 30 days away and chances are pretty good that members of the South Side will be gone soon.