It’s all we ask. A win. Then another win. Followed by yet another win. You, White Sox, should understand that.
Last night was truly disappointing. Especially being up so early. Only to let it slip away. Kind of how the season is starting to feel with the Indians hot on the trail.
Tonight, Robin is sending out the following guys to try and make us fans (and hopefully the team) happy:
Alejandro De Aza CF, Bacon 2B, Big Donkey LF, The King 1B, Alex Rios RF, AJ Pierzynski C, The Cuban Missile SS, O-Dog 3B.
Philip Humber will bat ninth and start for the White Sox. Philip is still looking to regain is pitching mojo as lately he as been . . . well, awful isn’t quite the word to describe.
Philip’s last few starts have make people want to kick puppies and tiny little humans. For instance, against the Astros last week, he pitched. 5.1 innings, giving up six runs with five of them earned on six hits. Three of those runs were home runs. Previous starts have resulted in similar numbers. While Philip may have felt he was throwing good stuff, it sure didn’t look like it.
He hasn’t faced the Dodgers much in his career. He has seven innings pitched leading to an 0-0 record with a 2.57 ERA and four strikeouts.
Don Mattingly will send out the following guys to keep is team rolling:
Dee Gordon SS, Elian Herrera CF, Andre Ethier RF, Jerry Hairston 2B, Bobby Abreu LF, A.J. Ellis C, James Loney 1B, Juan Uribe 3B.
Chad Billingsley will bat ninth and start for the Dodgers. He has had a string of bad luck in terms of picking up a win. Since his first two starts of the season, he had not picked up a win in nine straight games.
Lately he seems to have turned it around with two victories in his last two starts. His last start was a win over the Mariners where he threw 7.0 innings of one-run ball. He allowed just two hits, walked three and struck out eight batters.
In his career against the White Sox, Chad is making his second start. The last time he faced the Sox was in 2009 where he received a no-decision in the Dodgers’ loss. In interleague plague, Chad is two games over .500 with a 7-5 record and a 3.81 ERA. This is in 18 interleague games, 16 of which have been starts.
*Notes: John Danks will be seeing a doctor on Monday after further soreness in his shoulder. He was due to come back from the disabled list, but that is clearly not happening any time soon. The Dodgers are so far the only team to have at least 40 wins in the Majors. They also have the best record in the majors as well as home record.