The Chicago White Sox are coming off being swept by the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game series. It is probably their lowest point of the season as they are three games under .500 on June 3rd. That is not where anybody expected them to be at this point of the season.
The good news is that the Minnesota Twins are in a funk as well so the White Sox are not out of it by any means. They need to start playing good baseball soon otherwise they will be but there is still a chance for them to turn it around.
It isn’t going to be easy, however, as they have some really hard games coming up here. Coming off this series loss to a really good team in the Toronto Blue Jays, you’d like to see the schedule lighten up a little bit but the Tampa Bay Rays won’t make things any easier.
The White Sox took two out of three games from the Rays earlier this season. Each team, however, has gone in entirely different directions since then. At this point in time, the Rays are 31-21. That is a very good record but the AL East is so good that they are only in third place.
The Blue Jays were much hotter going into the most recent series as they had won five straight. They are now up to eight straight. The Rays aren’t hot like that as they have only won two straight and are 6-4 in their last ten.
The Chicago White Sox needs a huge series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
People might not believe it but the White Sox have already proven that they can beat these guys. They just need to take it on the road as the last time they met was in Chicago. This would be a great way for the White Sox to gain some momentum. With the Los Angeles Dodgers coming right after, it is very important to get some wins here.
Vince Velasquez is going to face Shane McClanahan. We haven’t seen Vince as a starter in a while. His pitching has been up and down so far this year but this would be a great time to see him bring the good stuff against a really good team. Although McClanahan has been amazing so far this year,
On Saturday, Dylan Cease is going to be on the mound for the White Sox. He is going to face drew Rasmussen of the Rays. Each of these guys has been really good so far this season and their team has a chance to win when they take the hill.
The Tampa Bay Rays have a lot of really good hitters that the White Sox need to be aware of in addition to their pitchers. It is not going to be an easy series but they are not invincible. The White Sox can win some of these games but they need to get into good habits to do so.