Playing important games in September against the Twins isn’t entirely unfamiliar for the White Sox, but doing so with the current view is. The Sox are atop the division while the Twins sit at the bottom but it’s just as important to take down the Twins this time around as it has been in the past. The Tigers are nipping at the Sox heels and given the streaky nature of the team this season, creating a cushion is a necessity.
Scott Diamond won 5 of his first 6 decisions (first loss was vs. White Sox) for the Twins. He hasn’t been quite as shining since then, but he’s their #1 guy this season and it’s not even really close. Minnesota has lost his last 4 starts, which isn’t entirely his fault since he only got tagged with the loss in one. That one was his most recent start, in which he matched his career high in runs allowed with 5. Diamond, or Screech as some of the fine folks of MPLS call him doesn’t issue many walks, he’s not allowed more than 2 in any outing this season.
Jose Quintana started out the season as a guy that didn’t walk many either, but of last it seems he’s been struggling a little with his control. The consensus seems to be that dealing with the largest workload of his short professional career has a lot to do with it. His last outing wasn’t pretty as he hit a wall early against the Orioles and turned in his shortest start since he was bounced from a game in Tampa for hitting a batter.
1. De Aza – CF
2. Youk – 3B
3. Dunn – DH
4. Paulie – 1B
5. Rios – RF
6. Dayan – LF
7. Alexei – SS
8. Flowers – C
9. Gordo – 2B
A.J. is getting the rest against the lefty as Robin is ignoring the small sample success that Pierzynski has had against Diamond (2-3 w/ a double). Instead Flowers, who is batting over .300 since the beginning of August, and with power, will get the start.
And watch out for player scorned, people:
Former Sox infielder Escobar in Twins lineup
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) September 4, 2012
Where to Watch
Game available in Chicago on WCIU and FoxSports North in the Twins market. 7:10 Central start time.