Series Preview: White Sox vs Angels
The Chicago White Sox return to U.S. Cellular Field on Monday evening to open a seven game home stand versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The White Sox come home with an 8-4 record, after dropping two of three to the Rays in Tampa Bay this weekend. The good news this morning is that the Royals dropped their last two games as well, keeping the Sox and Royals records even at 8-4 entering play on Monday, so the White Sox are still in first place on April 18.
The bad news, the pitching staff is showing that they can’t win every game without any sort of run support forever. They need the offense to come out of its coma sometime in the near future if they want to
sustain the early season success. No time like the present, coming home to beautiful baseball weather throughout the home stand should be a perfect environment for the Sox to get the lumber going on this early campaign.
The Angels come into the South Side at 5-7, after being swept by the formerly win-less Minnesota Twins this weekend in Minnesota. The Angels find themselves in the middle of the surprisingly, not so good American League West division, looking up at both the A’s and the Rangers.
- Game 1: Carlos Rodon [1-1 1.38 ERA] VS. Hector Santiago [0-0 3.95 ERA]
- Game 2: Mat Latos [2-0 0.75 ERA] VS. Matt Shoemaker [1-1 6.00 ERA]
- Game 3: Chris Sale [3-0 2.35 ERA] VS. Garrett Richards [0-2 3.57 ERA]
- Game 4: John Danks [0-2 7.94 ERA] VS. Jered Weaver [1-0 4.35 ERA]
- Andrew Heaney – P – 15 Day DL – Left flexor muscle strain
- Daniel Nava – OF – 15 Day DL – Left patella tendonitis
- C.J. Wilson – SP – 15 Day DL – Left shoulder inflammation
- Game 1: 7:10 PM (CT) / TV – CSN / Radio – WLS 890AM
- Game 2: 7:10 PM (CT) / TV – WPWR / Radio – WLS 890AM
- Game 3: 1:10 PM (CT) / TV – WGN / Radio – WLS 890AM
- Game 4: 1:10 PM (CT) / TV – CSN / Radio – WLS 890AM
Keys to Victory:
- The offense needs to heat up in this series if they want to be able to stay atop the American League Central for much longer. The offense looks to be caught in the claws of 2015 like production this past week. That will be the downfall for the 2016 White Sox as well if they don’t start hitting the ball soon.