Sale, K Zone Ready to Roll
Friday, August 1, 2014
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand that concludes with three against the Rangers. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 1.88) for the Sox, LHP Logan Darnell (0-1, 7.88) for Minnesota.
Chris will be making his 17th start of the season and 11th at home. He is 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA and 54 strikeouts over his last seven starts and 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 70 strikeouts over his last eight home starts. He earned the win in his last outing on July 26 against these same Twins, allowing five hits and striking out 12 over eight scoreless innings. He is 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA lifetime against Minnesota and 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA at home. He is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in two starts this season.
Sale ranks among the AL leaders in ERA (1st), opponents average (1st, 1.94), WHIP (1st, 0.86), complete games (T3rd, 2) and strikeouts per nine innngs (4th, 9.98).
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Konerko DH, Ramirez SS, Gillaspie 3B, Flowers C, De Aza LF, Sierra RF.
The Abreu Report
Jose Abreu leads the major leagues in home runs (31), RBI (83), slugging percentage (.636) and total bases (236) and currently has a 20-game hitting streak. Furthermore, he has hit safely in 38 of his last 39 games, hitting .365 with 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 32 RBI to raise his average from .260 to .305.
Tonight, as Abreu attempts to extend his hitting streak to 21 games and 39 out of his last 40, here’s an interesting note from @ckamka: Jose before his disabled list stint: 260/.312/.595, 15 HR, 42 RBI…And after: 343/.394/.672, 16 HR, 41 RBI.
Abreu also joins Nomar Garciaparra (1997) as the only players in MLB history to achieve a 20-game hit streak and 30 homers in their rookie season. And he’s only the third player in franchise history to accomplish the above feat in the same year (Carlos Lee and Albert Belle). Courtesy of ESPN.
Sox Notes of Note
The White Sox return home after a fine 5-2 road trip. The Sox took three of four from the Twins and two of three from the Tigers. We have won five of our last seven, eight of 13 and 17 of 29…Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 17 straight games. He’s hitting .417 with a .468 on-base percentage and raised his average from .265 to .296. He also owns a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .451 in his last 12 games…pitching coach Don Cooper rejoined the club today after missing the past 11 games with vertigo…Class AAA Charlotte first baseman Andy Wilkins, who won International League Batter of the Week two weeks in a row last month, has been named the IL Player of the Month for July. He hit 12 home runs and drove in 31 in 26 games.
Quote of the Day
A big thank you to Tom Paciorek for sitting in for Hawk Harrelson on the road trip and doing such a stellar job. You could probably do a hilarious Top 10 from all the Wimpyisms, but here’s a classic from yesterday’s win in Detroit.
As Paulie, not known for his speed on the basepaths, scored from second base on a single, Wimpy commented:
“Was that in real time or slow motion?”
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.29) for the Sox, RHP Yohan Pino (1-3, 4.38) for Minnesota.
Photo of the Day
Grover “Deacon” Jones, who in 1956 hit .409 with 26 homers and a .758 slugging percentage with the White Sox’ Midwest League affiliate in Dubuque, played first base in the majors for the Sox in parts of five seasons (1962-66). If it weren’t for a shoulder injury, there’s no telling how good he might have been. Following his playing career, he served as a minor-league scout, coach and manager in the Sox organization and is currently a special assistant to the president of the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League of Professonal Baseball.
Here is Deacon with former Sox GM Roland Hemond at this week’s SABR event in Houston and a montage that includes a photo and baseball card showing him during his playing career.