After two games in Arlington, the Chicago White Sox have an opportunity to take home a series win, with Thursday night’s game being the tiebreaker following the win on Wednesday night.
Following their 9-2 win over the Texas Rangers behind 12 hits from the offense, and stellar pitching from ace Chris Sale, the White Sox can secure a series win with Carlos Rodon taking the mound tonight in the series finale.
Rodon (1-0, 3.45 ERA) will square off against Yovani Gallardo (5-6, 3.88) in what is a big game for the White Sox, because a win will give them a winning road trip at 6-5, as right now the trip is .500 at 5-5.
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The road trip began on May 25 with a three-game series at Toronto against the Toronto Blue Jays, where the White Sox won one of three. From there, the White Sox had a doubleheader makeup date in Baltimore at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles, where they split with the O’s.
From there, the White Sox have been in Texas, first in Houston against the Houston Astros, winning that series 2-1. Currently, the White Sox are 1-1 in a three-game series against the Rangers.
Would a loss make this an unsuccessful road trip? Would a win tonight, and a 6-5 record in the 11-game road trip, make this a success? Let us know what you are thinking.
May 31, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
In other White Sox news:
• Scott Merkin of WhiteSox.com wrote about how Adam Eaton wants to have more good at-bats.
Merkin wrote in the article:
"“Eaton picked up his offense during the month of May. After hitting .192 without an RBI in April, he batted .262 with a .325 on-base percentage, including two homers, five doubles and two triples.”"
Remember, Eaton batted .300 in his first season with the White Sox, so maybe he can work his way back into that range again this season. It is nice to see Eaton becoming more consistent at the plate, but he’s going to have to make it last and not revert back to the way he played in April.
• JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago has an article about the White Sox not hitting the panic button. Stankevitz wrote:
"“Cabrera’s poor production can still be partly chalked up to a small sample size, though a handful of other stats have passed that point of early-season dismissal. The good news is that those numbers that have stabilized aren’t far off from what Cabrera had in 2014, when he hit .301/.351/.458 for Toronto.”"
I’m more interested in seeing where Cabrera is at in July around the All-Star break. Then I believe it will be interesting to see where this team stands and Cabrera himself stands.
• Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald wrote about a potential draft selection for the White Sox in Carson Fulmer. The White Sox reporter wrote:
"“Fulmer throws a fastball that regularly reaches the upper 90s, but his mechanics are not fluid, and that’s raised some concern about future arm troubles.”"
Being from a program like Vanderbilt, I’m all for the White Sox drafting a collegiate arm with this selection at No. 8 overall.