Series Preview: White Sox at Rays

Apr 14, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson (30) celebrates the win against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson (30) celebrates the win against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago White Sox will head into Tampa Bay this weekend for a weekend set with the Rays on the heels of

Apr 14, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton (1) celebrates his double in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton (1) celebrates his double in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

a sweep of the Twins in Minnesota, and their best start in over 20 years. Heading into the series the White Sox 7-2 record is good for a first place tie with the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central Division.

The White Sox are riding a red hot pitching staff, and an even better bullpen over the first two weeks of the season. With the bats timely for certain, but anything but hot thus far, we have to wonder how long it’s going to take for the bats to come around and give the bullpen a bit of a break.

The Rays come into the series with a record of 3-6, having dropped two of three to the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field this week. The Rays starting pitchers have struggled mightily in the early going in 2016, as the entire staff is win-less entering the series this weekend.

Pitching Probables

Injury Report

White Sox:

  • None

Indians:

Broadcast Info

  • Game 1: 6:10 PM (CT) / TV – CSN+ Chicago / Radio – WLS 890AM
  • Game 2: 5:10 PM (CT) / TV – WGN                 / Radio – WLS 890AM
  • Game 3: 12:10 PM (CT) / TV – CSN Chicago / Radio – WLS 890AM

Keys to Victory:

  • Bring the lumber! The White Sox bats need to heat up this weekend, they’re playing in a climate controlled dome, against a team with a starting rotation that hasn’t won a game in nine attempts this season. The bullpen could use a rest this weekend, before the Sox head back to Chicago for a home stand in which the Angels, and Rangers will come to town.
  • Starting pitchers need to work deep, again the bullpen can’t keep coming in early and often and shutting opponents down like they have been forever, especially with 17 more games to play before they get a day off.