A quote from Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, and yes, he did play for the Chicago Cubs, fits perfectly for the upcoming events of this Tuesday for the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: “Let’s play two.”
Last year, the White Sox and Cleveland Indians played in the longest doubleheader ever with the Indians winning both games by scores of 19-10 and 9-8.
Today, the games will begin at 4:10 p.m., and game two will follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one with the White Sox looking for their first win against the Angels this season.
Pitching matchups for Tuesday will be Hector Noesi (2-4, 4.18 ERA) vs. Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76 ERA) of the Angels. The second game will be Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76 ERA) against Angels starter Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33 ERA).
Game one will air on WCIU, and game two will be on CSN.
This could be fun for fans because we get to watch the White Sox twice Tuesday, and they do have a three-game winning streak headed into this twin bill.
The one problem is the White Sox are facing two solid pitchers in Richards and Weaver, so if the Sox want to win at least a game on Tuesday, they are going to have to work hard for it.
As the Sox (39-44) begin July, the month of June was forgettable with an 11-15 record. Not counting March (they played one game), the White Sox have yet to have a winning month of baseball. In April, they were 13-15; in May, the record was 14-14; and in June they were four games under .500.
June saw a five-game losing streak, but also saw it end with three straight wins, so basically that is the type of season it has been in 2014.
On June 30, 2013, the White Sox were 32-47 a winning percentage of .405, and this year (on June 30) they are 39-44, a .470 winning percentage. In ’13, the Sox were 10.5 games out of first, and now they are currently eight games out of first in the AL Central.
Weather permitting, maybe the White Sox and Angels can get these two games in today and see where they stand after hopefully just 18 innings of action.
In other White Sox news:
• As of right now, Abreu is still a ‘no,’ on the home run derby says the Chicago Sun-Times.
• Bleacher Report wrote about the 20 biggest storylines for the 2nd half of the season.
• White Sox tickets are 26-percent below season average for Angels series, writes Da Windy City.
• Baseball Hot Corner asks who should be the AL Rookie of the Year.
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