Game Preview: White Sox set to face Felix Hernandez


Jun 23, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher

Felix Hernandez

(34) and second baseman

Robinson Cano

(22) walk back to the dugout after the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday it is the Chicago White Sox turn to face an ace of the opponent.

Yesterday the Seattle Mariners (47-39) faced White Sox ace Chris Sale, and now on Saturday the White Sox must face Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

Hernandez is 10-2 with an ERA of 2.10 this season. In his past 19 games his ERA is 1.67 in 75.2 innings with a 7-1 record and 84 strikeouts in that span.

Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham all have 20 or more at-bats against Hernandez, with Beckham having two home runs and three RBIs on his career against the ace of the Mariners. Korerko also has two home runs and three RBIs against Hernandez with a .250 batting average.

Ramirez is batting .250 lifetime against Hernandez with one RBI in 24 at-bats.

For his career against the White Sox, Hernandez is 4-5 with a 3.79 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 92.2 innings pitched.

As for the White Sox (41-46), they will be sending Jose Quintana to the mound on Saturday afternoon. He’s 5-7 with a 3.44 ERA this season.

Quintana’s past three starts have seen positive results with a 2-0 record and a 1.29 ERA with 21 strikeouts. He has just 10.1 innings pitched against the Mariners for his career.

Robinson Cano has a .287 average against Quintana, and Kyle Seager is the lone Mariner player to hit a home run against Quintana with three RBIs.

Also on Saturday, Jose Abreu enters with an 18-game hitting streak on the line. Abreu also leads the Majors with 27 home runs.

Game time is 1:10 CT and will air on WGN.

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Here are the starting lineups for Saturday, July 5:

Chicago White Sox (41-46)
1. Adam Eaton (CF)
2. Gordon Beckham (2B)
3. Jose Abreu (1B)
4. Adam Dunn (DH)
5. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
6. Conor Gillaspie (3B)
7. Dayan Viciedo (RF)
8. Alejandro De Aza (LF)
9.  Tyler Flowers (C )

Seattle Mariners (47-39)
1. James Jones (CF)
2. Willie Bloomquist (LF)
3. Robinson Cano (2B)
4. Corey Hart (DH)
5. Kyle Seager (3B)
6. Mike Zunino (C )
7. Logan Morrison (1B)
8. Michael Saunders (RF)
9. Brad Miller (SS)