Sale Sets Sights on Victory No. 12
Friday, September 5, 2014
White Sox vs Indians at Jacobs Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.11) for the Sox, LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.92) for the Tribe.
Sale ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (1st), winning percentage (1st, .786), WHIP (2nd, 0.94), strikeouts per nine innings (2nd, 10.75), opponents OPS (3rd, .560), opponents average (3rd, .202) and strikeouts (7th, 178). He has struck out 12-plus batters a franchise-record 10 times and has fanned 10 or more 17 times, which is tied with Hall of Famer Ed Walsh for the club mark.
Chris will be making his 23rd start of the season, ninth on the road and third vs. Cleveland. He is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 58 strikeouts over eight road starts this season (seven have been quality). His road ERA would lead the majors with the required innings pitched and be the lowest in baseball since Roger Clemens (1.32) in 2005. He has not allowed an earned run in 22 innings pitched over his last three road starts and has given up only one earned run in 32.2 innings dating back to June 28 (0.28 ERA).
The Sox All-Star left-hander earned his 11th win of the season on August 30 vs. Detroit, allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings while striking out a season-high tying 13.
Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, A. Garcia, RF, Viciedo 1B, Semien 3B, Taylor LF, Flowers C, Sanchez 2B.
Sox Notes of Note
This weekend’s series marks Paul Konerko‘s final games in Cleveland. He is the active leader with 48 homers and 177 RBI vs. the Indians…Jose Abreu owns a 13-game hitting streak (.511), his third streak this season of 13-plus games. Jose also leads the majors with a .369 average since June 9 and is tied for fourth among all AL (and major-league) hitters for the season with a .322 mark. Abreu also leads the American League with 99 RBI and ranks third with 33 homers. He is the only AL player to rank in the Top 5 in all three categories…Adam Eaton is hitting .420 with a .477 on-base percentage over his last 31 games and is tied for the ninth best average in baseball and is seventh in the AL at .310…Dayan Viciedo has homered in back-to-back games and has three homers and seven RBI in the last four contests.
Major League Assistance
Quote of the Day
Michael Taylor (pictured below), who was promoted to the White Sox for a September look-see, collected his first hit for the Sox on Wednesday night in a pinch-hitting role vs. the Twins. Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson, who worked with Taylor when they were both in the A’s organization, talked about the new Sox outfielder:
“He really hasn’t had that much of a chance at the big-league level (with Oakland). He’s older now (28). He knows himself, knows the type of role he probably will have to play in today’s game, and hopefully it’ll work out for him. He’s a guy who knows the strike zone, knows how to take a walk, has some pop, uses the whole field.”
White Sox vs. Indians at Jacobs Field (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.44) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (13-9, 2.34) for the Tribe.
Photo of the Day
Boy, have things changed. Here’s the Sox scoreboard in 1905 at South Side Park.