Series Preview: White Sox vs Angels

After a grueling July schedule, the Chicago White Sox finally make their way back home to the South Side for an extended stay. Their first opponent in this homestand is the Los Angeles Angels, and the Sox are certainly hoping to get a boost from the hometown crowd. Although that boost may not be all that necessary as the Pale Hose sit two and a half games ahead of Detroit going into Thursday, and are winners of seven of their last ten games. The team may face some resistance right out of the starting gate as they match up in game one of the series against the Angel’s newest addition to their pitching staff, Zach Greinke. The Sox also are rolling out their new rotation as well, and apparently it’s another six-man rotation. We’ll see how long that lasts, but one thing that can be said is that it really seems like the Sox are babying Chris Sale too much here, and it’s something that could come back to bite them.

Probable Starters

Game 1: Friday, August 3, 7:10 PM CT

Philip Humber (5-5, 5.90 ERA) vs. Zach Greinke (0-1, 2.57 ERA)

Game 2: Saturday, August 4, 7:10 PM CT

Gavin Floyd (8-9, 4.28 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (5-10, 5.97 ERA)

Game 3: Sunday, August 5, 1:10 PM CT

Dan Haren (8-8, 4.59 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (3-10, 5.18 ERA)

Series Studs

A.J. Pierzynski: He’s hot… again. This has been his best offensive season since 2005.

Zach Greinke: Struck out eight in his debut with the Angels, and shows no sign of letting up.

Series Duds

Philip Humber: He needs to get some confidence back. Greinke might not be the answer for his teammates.

Angels’ Bullpen: Just blew a game against Texas, and with some of their better starters coming out, it might be in their best interest if they’re left alone.

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