BALTIMORE – Two division leaders match up tonight, as they open a four game series at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The American League leading White Sox (16-6) take on the host Orioles (12-8) who stand atop the American League East division entering play today.
The White Sox have rattled off six consecutive wins over the last week while sweeping two 2015 division winners, in the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays. They outscored the Jays 21-6 this week at the Rogers Centre en route to their first sweep of the Jays north of the border in years.
The Orioles came out of the gates scorching to start the regular season this year with a 7-0 record, since that time though mediocre pitching has brought the O’s back down to reality. The Orioles are just 5-8 since their 7-0 start, and are in the middle of the pack in nearly every pitching category in baseball.
That’s good news for the White Sox who have started to awaken from their offensive slumber this last week, and provide the leagues best pitching staff with some needed run support.
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The White Sox will send John Danks to the mound tonight, after he was skipped in the rotation on Monday night in Toronto in favor of Miguel Gonzalez. Danks enters play with an 0-3 record with an ERA of 6.23 on the campaign. If those numbers aren’t bad enough, keep in mind that he has been skipped twice this season, eliminating two more possible loses for the ever declining lefty.
Danks will be opposed by the Orioles starter Tyler Wilson tonight, Wilson is 1-0 this year to go along with a 2.77 ERA in just 13 innings pitched for the O’s. The 26 year old right-hander will be making just his second start of the season as he started the season working out of the Baltimore bullpen.
The White Sox will be without closer David Robertson as he was placed on the bereavement list a short time ago, due to the death of his father. Robertson must remain on the list for no less than three days, and no more than seven according to MLB rules. Infielder Carlos Sanchez was called up to assume Robertson’s spot on the 25-man roster. Sanchez was hitting .309 with three home runs, four doubles, and nine RBI in Triple-A Charlotte to date.
Check out this evenings starting lineup below, and follow along with all the action, and chat with out writers in the comments section below!