Monday, September 9, 2013
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and 10-game homestand. Starters: In a matchup of All-Stars, it will be LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.97) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (19-2, 2.88) for Detroit. Sale and Scherzer rank in the Top 5 in the American League in ERA, strikeouts, opponents average, quality starts and strikeouts/9.0 innings.
Chris is 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 44 strikeouts over his last six starts. He is also 15-8 with a 2.43 ERA and 196 strikeouts at home since 2012. The ERA is the lowest home mark in the A.L. during that time period. And Sale is tied for first in the A.L. with a .199 opponents average at home and fifth with a 2.55 ERA this season.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Danks, RF; Phegley, C.
White Sox pitchers rank among the A.L. home leaders in opponents average (3rd, .242) and ERA (4th, 3.66). Sox starters have a 3.50 home ERA and have limited opponents to a .232 average.
Play(s) of the Day
The Sox ended their difficult 10-game road trip in winning fashion yesterday with the 4-2 victory over the Orioles…Adam Dunn gave us a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning with a mammoth two-run homer, his 31st of the season and 437th of his career. It ties him with Jason Giambi for 40th all-time…Continuing his hot hitting, Dayan Viciedo singled, doubled and drove in a run, Alexei Ramirez and Conor Gillaspie each had a pair of hits and a run scored and Alejandro De Aza drove in a run with a single…Starter Andre Rienzo captured his second win of the season with a strong 6.2 innings pitched, allowing just one run, four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Matt Lindstrom (0.1), Donnie Veal (0.1) and Nate Jones (0.2) pitched scoreless relief before Addison Reed survived a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth to record his 37th save.
The Dunn homer (rumor has it that it’s still traveling): http://atmlb.com/1auM2y2
Quote of the Day
Robin being philosophical about the Sox losing streak, broken yesterday with the win:
“There is never a point where you feel good about it or accept it. So they hurt. Whenever you lose late it hurts worse, but there’s always another game the next day. So you have to put it behind you and be able to go and have effort and optimism and all that kind of stuff to play today. That’s what makes baseball hard. It’s every day, and it can be gut wrenching and hurt and all that stuff, but you have to put it behind you and play today.”
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 4.50) making his second career start for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (11-8, 4.76) for Detroit.
Did You Know…
…that Avi Garcia is out of the lineup for the second day in a row with a “tooth” issue? He had two teeth extracted today and it’s possible he’ll be back tomorrow.
Sox Note of Note
The Birmingham Barons, the Sox Class AA affiliate, and the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs affiliate, with two wins apiece in the best-of-five Southern League North Division playoffs, play for the title tonight in Tennessee. The Smokies evened the series yesterday with a 10-7 victory. Despite the defeat, the Barons had some outstanding offensive performances. Centerfielder Jared Mitchell went 2-4 with a two-run homer, second baseman Micah Johnson went 2-3 with a double and a run scored and shortstop Tyler Saladino went 2-4 and scored a run.
The Barons are looking to go to the league championship game for the first time since 2002.
Photo of the Day
Andre getting well-deserved congratulations from his teammates after his solid performance.