Well now that that’s over. The White Sox had a rough go of it during their trip to Kansas City this weekend. A poor showing against a poor team means that it’s very necessary for a much better showing against a much better team. The Yankees cruise into Chicago carrying the best record in the American League. On the plus side, the Yankees are just as beat up as the White Sox, if not more.
Sweaty Freddy returns to the Cell! Freddy Garcia hasn’t been great this year, but he hasn’t been awful. According to baseball-reference he’s just a bit under league average. He’s given up 2 runs per start over his last 3 but averaged under 6 innings per appearance over that stretch. He’s also had his pitch count monitored closely after spending a chunk of the season coming out of the bullpen; he’s hit 100 pitches just twice all season.
Gavin Floyd’s 2012 record so far is 9-9. Very fitting that such a hot and cold guy would be sitting on a .500 record. He’s a few starts removed from his last really stellar outing, but he’s managed to get fairly deep into his last few games (his last 2 starts have been of the “quality” variety) despite rough going in the early innings. Tonight would be as good a night as any to turn in a gem.
1. Wise – CF
2. Youk – 3B
3. Big Donkey – DH
4. Paulie – 1B
5. Rios – RF
6. AJ – C
7. Dayan – LF
8. Alexei – SS
9. Gordo – 2B
De Aza is a no-go in this one, hopefully to return soon. Dewayne Wise has been serviceable so far in his Chicago return. He’s only hitting .269 but his hits have been timely. Everybody knows that’s easy to sustain. That and his walk rate of 0%.
Where to watch:
The game is available on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago and the YES Network in the New York area. 7:10 first pitch.