Chicago White Sox at Colorado Rockies Game Preview (4/8)


Apr 3, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Monday night’s game for the Chicago White Sox (3-4) against the Colorado Rockies (4-4) was a reality check of sorts, showing the starting rotation for the “Good Guys” might have some problems ahead if they don’t get things sorted out quickly.

The 8-1 loss to the Rockies on Monday is in the past, and today the main focus is getting back to the .500 mark in the second game at Coors Field.

The game will air on WCIU in Chicago and ROOT Sports in Colorado or in out-of-market spots at MLB.TV at 7:40 p.m. CT. On the radio, it will be on WSCR 670 in Chicago and KOA 850 and KNRV 1150 in Colorado. The game is also on MLB Audio.

Chicago sends Jose Quintana to the mound with a 3.00 ERA and a no-decision following his first start of the season against the Minnesota Twins. In his six innings against the Twins on April 3, Quintana allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks. He struck out eight in the no-decision.

For his career, Quintana enters his 57th start of his career with a 3.60 career ERA and a 15-13 overall record.

Against players on the Rockies’ roster, Quintana has faced Justin Morneau 13 times, with Morneau holding a .385 batting average with no home runs or RBIs.

Apr 3, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Franklin Morales (56) throws against the Miami Marlins during the third inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Barnes is batting .333 against Quintana in six at-bats with no home runs or RBI.

Franklin Morales will oppose Quintana on the bump with an 0-0 record and an ERA of 5.06 in 5.1 innings pitched on April 3 at the Miami Marlins.

In that start, he gave up three earned runs on eight hits and two walks, while collecting four strikeouts.

Morales has three strikeouts against the White Sox in his career with a 0.00 ERA. He has faced six batters (15 at-bats) on the White Sox roster with only Alexei Ramirez getting hits in two at-bats.

Just from the looks of their first starts of the season, both of these pitchers are hittable but have the capability of closing out a team at the plate for the fact their earned run numbers weren’t that high in their season openers.

I hope we don’t see a repeat performance of last night’s batting performance where the Sox were held to five hits with no player on the team gaining multiple hits in the loss.

The White Sox have a team batting average of .263 this season.

More stats before the game:

Tyler Flowers enters the game with a .474 batting average in 19 at-bats with nine hits (one double), two walks and two RBIs.

• In 18 at-bats this season (5 games) Conor Gillaspie is batting .389 with seven hits (three doubles), two RBIs and two walks.

• Ramirez leads the White Sox with 11 hits. He also has five RBIs this season.

Adam Eaton also has five RBIs through seven games.

Jose Abreu leads Chicago with six RBIs. He’s currently batting .222 in 27 at-bats.

• Before the game the Rockies announced they activated LHP Boone Logan from the DL. They sent Corey Dickerson (OF) to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Logan played for the White Sox from 2006-08, where he was 4-4 overall with a 5.87 ERA in 144 games.

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