White Sox Look to Snap Losing Streak With Series Opener Against Seattle

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 7: Robinson Cano
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 7: Robinson Cano /

White Sox look to snap seven-game losing streak as they begin last series of current homestand against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

The Chicago White Sox are still searching for a win on their current six-game homestand. After being swept by the defending World Champion Houston Astros, the Sox will begin a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Things haven’t been going well for the Sox since a 3-2 start to the season. The Sox have gone 1-12 since that start and are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. They will try to snap that losing streak on Monday, but it could be extended to eight games. On Monday, the Sox announced that Miguel Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation. He was originally scheduled to start the series opener.

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Carson Fulmer, who was slated to start on Tuesday, will start on Monday night against Seattle. Fulmer was unable to last more than two innings in his last start against the Oakland Athletics on April 18. The 2015 first-round draft pick hasn’t had a good start to the season much like other Sox players but is being provided an opportunity to keep developing in the Majors. Despite many Sox fans wanting to see Fulmer relegated back to Triple-A, he will have more opportunities to get better with the major league team.

The Mariners will start Mike Leake on Monday, with Marco Gonzales starting on Tuesday and Felix Hernandez starting on Wednesday. Currently the Mariners rank 25th in total pitching in MLB with a 4.81 team ERA. This is slightly better than the Sox who rank last with a 6.20 team ERA. Leake leads all Mariners starters with a 4.80 ERA and has a 2-1 record with 15 strikeouts this season.

Offensively for Seattle, the Mariners rank 20th in MLB with a .256 team batting average. Similar to their team pitching rankings, Seattle’s offense also ranks higher in MLB than the Sox. The Sox rank 29th with a .228 team batting average. The Mariners are led offensively by Robinson Cano and Mitch Haniger. Robinson is sporting a .329/.447/471 slash line while Hanger leads the team in home runs at seven and RBIs at 22.

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The Mariners currently have an 11-9 record and are coming off a road series victory over the Texas Rangers where they took two of three games. Seattle could make a run at the postseason in the loaded American League West division, but they will have to fight off the Astros and Los Angles Angels. The Sox will have their work cut out for them in this series as they look to improve their record at home and snap a long losing streak.