The boys are back home after a successful road trip. Now, they will return home for a six-game homestand before the All-Star break is upon us. Here is what to know for the upcoming games against the Rangers:
2012 Record: White Sox 42-37, 1st in AL Central. Rangers: 50-30, 1st in AL West
2012 Season Series: 1-2
All-Time Series Record: 243-229 (The Sox are 141-96 at home against the Rangers)
The following pitchers are expected to start in the series:
Chris Sale: 9-2, 2.27 ERA, 94K vs Roy Oswalt: 2-0, 4.26 ERA, 12K
Dylan Axelrod: 0-1, 4.50 ERA, 13K vs Scott Feldman: 2-6, 6.13 ERA, 35K
Jose Quintana: 3-1, 2.19 ERA, 29K vs Matt Harrison: 11-3, 3.16 ERA, 65K
Tuesday’s game is at 7:10 pm. Wednesday’s game is at 6:10 pm and Thursday’s game beings at 1:10 pm. Wednesday’s game is also the free game of the day on MLB.com. All times CDT.
Still, the White Sox remain in first place in the division. This despite playing relatively meh baseball. It helps that the Indians have also been meh. The Tigers on the other hand, are finally starting to put things together and are now within striking distance of the magical .500 point with their record. The Sox are really going to need to get things together. At times, the pitching has been off and other times it is hitting. Sadly of late, the hitting and pitching haven’t worked in sync much. This will have to change with the Rangers headed to town
The Rangers are quite the powerhouse and currently hold the best record in baseball. They just keep winning. In their last 10 games, they have gone 7-3 but they did lose their most recent game on Sunday to the Oakland Athletics.
With the All-Star game coming up, we get to see the man who will lead the AL squad to a win (we hope) as well as seven all-stars. Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre, Josh Hamilton, Matt Harrison, Joe Nathan, Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler will represent the Rangers in Kansas City next week. Additionally, newcomer, Yu Darvish is in the voting for the final vote. The number of Rangers who are representing make sense, but I have no doubt Sox fans are definitely not happy about it. Hopefully, the Sox can make all these guys look like less than all-stars these next few days.
Who’s hot: Alex Rios hit .482 on the Sox’s recent road trip. Matt Harrison has not allowed a home run in his last five starts. Who’s not: Dayan Viciedo had a string of six consecutive strikeouts before getting a walk in his last at-bat against the Yankees this past weekend. Mike Napoli is hitless in his last 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position and has 21 strikeouts in his last 43 at-bats.
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