With John Danks temporarily on the shelf, the White Sox will place their chances of beginning another win streak in the young hands of Jose Quintana. Quintana has played one game, a relief appearance in which he went 5.2 innings and only allowing a single hit. The expectations when Spring Training began were not high for the young Colombian but he’s proven he can roll.
With his first start Quintana will face the same team he was brought in to mop up against a few weeks ago, the Cleveland Indians. The first place Cleveland Indians. As we enter Friday night’s action the Sox sit 3.5 games behind the Indians hoping to at least not lose any ground and win 2 out of the 3 series games.
Justin Masterson threw a gem yesterday to complete a sweep of the Tigers which bodes well for the Sox both in Tigers losses and the fact that such a masterful start, and starter, is burnt. We won’t have the pleasure of facing Mr. Masterson this series. Tonight it will be Jeanmar Gomez on the mound. Gomez is coming off of two excellent starts in which he didn’t allow a single earned run but on May 9th against the White Sox he was tagged for 8 runs in 6+ innings of work.
1.De Aza – CF
2.Gordo – 2B
3.Big Donkey – DH
4.Paulie – 1B
5.Rios – RF
6.AJ – C
7.Dayan – LF
8.Alexei – SS
9.Hudson – 2B
Nothing fancy here, just a nice effective lineup you should get used to.
It’s May 25, but if the Indians are going to be a team that hangs in it all season, this series has implications. Having exhausted nearly all of our matchups with Cleveland already this season we won’t face them again until the final month of the season. If there is a time to make sure Cleveland takes the White Sox seriously, it is now.