Now, the Sox are off to Los Angeles again but this time to face the Dodgers in Interleague Plague. Here is wat you might want to know for this weekend’s series:
2012 Records: White Sox 34-29, 1st in AL Central. Dodgers 40-24, 1st in NL West
2012 Interleague Play Record: White Sox 5-4. Dodgers 3-3
2011 Series Record: 2-1
All-Time Series Record: 11-4 (The Sox are 4-2 at Dodger Stadium)
The following pitchers are expected to pitch in the three games:
Chris Sale: 8-2, 2.05 ERA, 76K v. Clayton Kershaw: 5-3, 2.65 ERA, 81K
Philip Humber: 2-4, 5.92 ERA, 59K v. Chad Billingsley: 4-4, 3.57 ERA, 71K (This game is the free game of the day on MLB.com)
Jose Quintana: 2-1, 1.98 ERA, 14K v. Chris Capuano: 8-2, 2.87 ERA, 68K
Friday and Saturday’s games being at 9:10 pm. Sunday’s game starts at 3:10 pm. All times CDT.
There is just not much to say. The only saving grace for the pitiful starting pitching is that the Indians and Tigers are playing just as crappy. I’m starting to think that if starting pitching can’t right itself, it just might be possible that this entire division ends up playing under .500 baseball. And will still have te teams middling around with no one taking control and being dominating.
So far in Interleague play, the success the Sox have had has been against the second worst team in baseball. They have been playing bad teams and still have yet to really stop playing down to their competition. It is also a tiny bit disturbing considering that Interleague play is usually where the Sox pad their win totals. If they keep playing has they have been, that may not happen.
Perhaps this can turn around as the Sox roll into LA to face the Dodgers. The Dodgers are sitting pretty in first place and finally moving on from the nightmare that was the Frank McCourt ownership era. Earlier this year, the team was finally sold and wretched away from his hands to an ownership group that includes Magic Johnson. That is definitely a good thing for a team with such a rich history that people were watching just rot away.
The Dodgers have been playing well of late. In their last 10 games, they have only lost three games. The winning just continues for them despite Matt Kemp being on the disabled list. He has been out with a strained hamstring. However, he has been running and may return soon.
Aside from Kemp, the Dodgers also have a slew of pitchers on the disabled list as well. Most of them probably aren’t missed all that much. The Dodgers do have a four game lead over the Giants in the division, so while they aren’t cruising, the team does have some breathing room.
The weekend series should be interesting. The pitching match ups for Friday and Sunday could be fun duels.
Who’s Hot: Matt Thornton in his last 14 appearances has only allowed two earned runs. Chris Capuano has been stingy with runs lately. In nine of his 13 starts, he has allowed two or fewer earned runs. Who’s Not: Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber have both been terrible in their recent starts. So bad, they have hardly given the team a chance to win at all. Andre Ethier is batting .151 of late.
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