Mat Latos on Fast Sox Start: “It has been fantastic. Everybody is loose. Everybody wants to win. Everybody is pulling for everybody and it doesn’t get any better right now.”
Friday, April 15, 2016
White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (2-0, 3.86) for the Sox, Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.86) for Tampa Bay.
Mat Latos (pictured above) made his second straight brilliant start as the White Sox won their fourth straight game and improved their record to 7-2 with a 3-1 victory over the Twins for the three-game series sweep…The Sox also are off to their best start since 1981 (8-1)…Latos (2-0, 0.75) allowed just a run, three hits and a lone walk along with three strikeouts…The bullpen once again was up to the challenge as Matt Albers (1.0 IP), Zach Duke (0.2), Nate Jones (0.1) and David Robertson (1-0) shut the door the rest of the way. It was Robertson’s fifth save in as many attempts and he hasn’t allowed a run…Offensively, Avi Garcia (pictured below scoring on Tyler Saladino‘s sac fly) slammed a solo homer (No. 2) and doubled, Jose Abreu singled in a run and Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera each collected a pair of hits.
The Latos and Albers highlights:
The Avi homer:
Quote of the Day
More Latos: He talked about his own individual success after yesterday’s game:
“When I’m healthy and have a good slider, things tend to go really good. The last couple of outings I’ve had a good slider. I’m healthy and just going out there with a game plan and trying to stick to it.”
Pitching, Pitching , Pitching
–Latos is the first Sox pitcher with six innings pitched and three or fewer hits allowed in each of his first two starts of season since John Danks in 2009. Mat’s first two starts: 12 innings pitched, four hits, one run, six strikeouts, two walks, no homers.
–Albers (pictured below) now has recorded 28. 1 straight scoreless innings.
–The White Sox rotation through nine games: 2.75 ERA, 55.2 IP, 46 Hits, 50 K, 15 BB, 3 HR, 1.096 WHIP.
–The Sox top four starters ERAs after two starts each: Latos, 0.75; Carlos Rodon, 1.38; Jose Quintana, 2.31; Sale, 3.86.
Frazier for the Defense
Todd Frazier has yet to hit his stride offensively, but his defense has been outstanding at third base. Here are a couple of examples from yesterday’s game–one ended the game.
White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field (5:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Danks (0-1, 9.00) for the Sox, TBA for Tampa Bay.
Photo of the Day
It’s Jackie Robinson Day and every major leaguer will wear Jackie’s No. 42. In the link below, Austin Jackson articulates his feelings about Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line in 1947.