Well, that sucked. The road trip that is. Swept by the biggest division rival. Losing heartbreaking games that there was a chance to win in Boston. At least there was a series win against the Royals? I wish I could say it didn’t matter, but I prefer not to lie. The Sox will however be home for a brief three-game series against the Twins starting tonight. Here is what you need to know for those games:
2012 Record: White Sox 50-45, 2nd in AL Central. Twins 40-55, 5th in AL Central
2012 Series Record: 4-2
All-Time Series Record: 373-417 (The Sox are 203-193 at home against the Twins)
The following pitchers are expected to in the three games:
Gavin Floyd: 7-8, 4.54 ERA, 91K vs. Francisco Liriano: 3-9, 4.81 ERA, 107K
Jose Quintana: 4-1, 2.30 ERA, 43K vs. Cole De Vries: 2-2, 3.95 ERA, 29K
Jake Peavy: 7-7, 3.22 ERA, 120K vs. Nick Blackburn: 4-5, 7.46 ERA, 32K
Monday and Tuesday’s games begin at 7:10 pm. Wednesday’s game starts at 1:10 pm and is also the MLB.com free game of the day All times CDT.
Oh the pain. The Sox went into the weekend with a 1.5 game lead over the Tigers. After the weekend, the roles were reversed with the Tigers having the 1.5 game lead. It seems so . . . wrong. The Sox had been in first place for quite some time, yet they did fritter away things. There were many times that can be looked back upon as if the Sox had just taken are of business, they could still be in first place. Geez, they could even have a sizeable lead. As it stands, they have one more loss than the Tigers do in addition to the two fewer wins.
As for the Twins, isn’t it slightly weird to be at this point in the season and not really be worrying about what they will do and when they will make a move? They are coming off of a series win against the Royals over the weekend. With the win, they now have a .500 record against the AL Central. Though it is nice that they have an even record against the division, they haven’t been all that great late. In their last 10, they have won only four games. Maybe they will have a typical Twins turnaround coming. It will for sure make their fans happy, but hopefully it doesn’t happen so the Sox can enjoy getting back into first place without having to worry about the Twins sneaking up on them later.
Who’s Hot: After quite the cold stretch, The King might finally be coming around. Paul Konero is now batting .348 in the last seven games. Ryan Doumit is hitting .354 in his last 26 games. Who’s Not: Gordon Beckham is batting .120 of late. Before going on paternity leave, Justin Morneau was hitting .125.