Well, that was an ugly road trip. Six losses against teams that the Sox could ill afford to lose to. Now, they are tied for first in the AL Central and return home for an 11-day, 10-game excursion. It will start with what very well could be some trap games for the team. Here is what you need to know for the upcoming series with the Twins:
2012 Record: White Sox 72-61, 1st in AL Central. Twins 55-79, 4th in AL Central
2012 Series Record: 9-3
All-Time Series Record: 378-418 (The Sox are 206-193 at home against the Twins)
The following pitchers are expected to start the three games:
Hector Santiago: 2-1, 3.91 ERA, 51K vs. Samuel Deduno: 5-2, 3.72 ERA, 39K
Jose Quintana: 5-3, 3.17 ERA, 63K vs. Scott Diamond: 10-6, 3.21 ERA, 73K
Jake Peavy: 9-10, 3.28 ERA, 159K vs. P.J. Walters: 2-2, 5.40 ERA, 23K
Monday’s game is at 6:10 pm and Tuesday’s game is at 7:10 pm and and Wednesday’s game will begin at 1:10 pm. All times CDT.
If you are panicked about the White Sox, it’s ok. It fact, it is completely understandable. The team played absolutely horrible on their recent road trip. In Detroit, all they had to do was win one game. The one where they could have, the team just pissed away the opportunity. Against Max Scherzer, they were just dominated. As for the game against JV, well just not enough when it was needed. All of that resulting in a tie for first place. Given the records of the teams in the wild card race, it is imperative the Sox take care of business in the division.
Meanwhile, the Twins are coming off a series win against the Royals. They swept a doubleheader only to drop the finale on Sunday afternoon. In their last 10 games, they have only won four of those games. The team is still dealing with injuries and trying to find consistent pitching. Most recent to fall victim to injury was Denard Span. He has been out since August 28th with a joint strain. While they are looking for good players on the field, they did get some good news in that Target Field will host the 2014 All-Star Game.
Who’s Hot: Nate Jones has not allowed a run in his last nine appearances. Casey Fien has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances. Who’s Not: AJ Pierzynski while finally breaking out of an 0-for-17 slump is now hitting just .080 in his last 25 at-bats. Trevor Plouffe is hitting just .083 in his last 12 at-bats.