White Sox conclude 10-game West Coast road trip with its first road interleague series of the season. South Siders will face Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
After taking three out of four games from the Seattle Mariners, the Chicago White Sox will begin its next series in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Sox will start its first interleague road series of the season on Monday night.
With both the Sox and Diamondbacks coming off series victories, each team will look to improve their recent hot streaks. The Sox have won three consecutive games, while the Diamondbacks have won five of their last six contests.
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The Diamondbacks are 26-19 and two games behind the Colorado Rockies for first place in the National League West. Arizona boasts a solid pitching staff as they rank fourth in MLB in starter’s ERA at 3.65. Arizona is led by Zack Greinke who is having a much better season than 2016 for the Diamondbacks.
Greinke went 13-7 with a 4.37 ERA for Arizona last season in his first year with the team. This season however, Greinke has gotten off to a solid start on the mound for the Diamondbacks. Through nine starts, Greinke is 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 66 strikeouts. Greinke currently leads the Diamondbacks in wins, ERA and strikeouts. He will start for Arizona on Monday with the Sox starting Miguel Gonzalez.
Patrick Corbin will start for Arizona on Tuesday and is 3-4 with a 4.38 ERA this season. Corbin hasn’t been as effective on the mound since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2015. Despite posting 6-5 record and 3.45 ERA through 16 starts in 2015, Corbin hasn’t had an ERA less than 4.00 in any other season after that. Last season, Corbin started 24 games and compiled a 5-13 record with a 5.15 ERA. With Corbin pitching Tuesday, the Sox will start Dylan Covey.
Arizona’s starter for Wednesday hasn’t been announced yet, but the Diamondbacks will face the Sox ace in Jose Quintana to conclude this series. Quintana will look to continue his dominance as he’s coming off his best start of 2017 this past Friday against the Mariners.
While the Diamondbacks pitching has been relatively solid this season, Arizona’s offense has been just as effective in 2017. The Diamondbacks rank fifth in MLB in total offense and have scored 226 runs. The Sox rank 17th in MLB and have scored 193 runs, which was aided by a 24-run outburst over their last two games.
The Diamondbacks are led offensively by Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and David Peralta. Lamb leads Arizona in home runs at 11 and RBI’s at 36. Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with a .447 on-base percentage. Peralta leads Arizona with a .324 batting average. The Sox will have their work cut out for them as they look to hold down a potent Arizona offense.
With the Sox concluding a 10-game road trip in Arizona, they will look to finish this expedition with a winning record. Although the Sox lost its first four games of the road trip, this team has shown tremendous fight in each of their games. Yes, this is a rebuilding year but there’s something noticeably different about this Sox team this year. Their series against the Diamondbacks can go either way, but for now this team will continue to play hard as they’ve done throughout this road trip.