Series Preview: White Sox vs Orioles

I had the most awkward dream about Miguel Cabrera somehow finding his way into the White Sox lineup. The dream was vivid enough that I can remember searching for what the transaction actually entailed. No luck. Maybe this has something to do with me referring to him as a drunkard?

Back to reality. The White Sox gave the fans another homestand sweep this past weekend against the Seattle Mariners. It wasn’t easy either, as the average margin of victory in the three games was one run. Not to mention a comeback in the bottom of the ninth after a blown save. And luckily, the game on Sunday ended after only seven innings. A sweep is a sweep and they’ll take it. Unfortunately, though, there was a casualty from the series: Gavin Floyd. He left Sunday’s game after only two innings due to right elbow discomfort. This is the same elbow that booked him a trip to the DL in July. Also, Dayan Viciedo was given two days off due to some soreness in his right shoulder. Expect him back in the lineup this series.

As of this writing, Baltimore’s website has the starting pitcher for Thursday listed as TBA. According to Brittany Ghiroli, candidates include rookie Steve Johnson, who pitched on Sunday, Zach Britton, or newly-acquired Joe Saunders who threw a bullpen session on Friday. The Orioles’ postseason hopes are still very much alive, as they are only 4.5 games behind the Yankees for first, a half game behind the Rays for the first Wild Card position and tied with Oakland for the second Wild Card position. Exciting players to watch include hyped rookie third baseman Manny Machado and Adam Dunn‘s strikeout twin Mark Reynolds.

Probable Starters

Game 1 (Monday, 6:05 p.m. CT)

Francisco Liriano (2-0, 4.39 ERA) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (12-7, 3.87 ERA)

Game 2 (Tuesday, 6:05 p.m. CT)

Chris Sale (15-4, 2.65) vs. Chris Tillman (6-2, 3.71)

Game 3 (Wednesday, 6:05 p.m. CT)

Jake Peavy (9-9, 3.09) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.66)

Game 4 (Thursday, 11:35 p.m. CT)

Jose Quintana (5-2, 2.86) vs. TBA (0-0, 0.00)

Series Studs (last series)

CHW: Tyler Flowers (3-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI)

Catching for the ejected A.J. Pierzynski on Saturday, Flowers hit a solo shot to tie the game. Sunday, Flowers hit the game-winning home run immediately after play was resumed from the rain delay. This could be the start of something…nah, it can’t.

BAL: J.J. Hardy (5-9, 1 HR, 2 RBI)

These stats represent the two games against the Blue Jays, as Sunday’s match was postponed. While his season statistics don’t look too pretty, .232/.278/.663, he has recorded a hit in nine of his last 10 games.

Series Duds (last series)

CHW: Addison Reed (1.2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER)

As the White Sox come off a sweep, it is pretty difficult to find a player worthy of a “dud,” but he would be mine. On Friday, Reed walked two, gave up two hits and three runs (two earned) while blowing the save and earning a win. On Saturday, he gave up a solo shot to Kyle Seager and a single to Justin Smoak, holding on to the one-run lead and earning the save.

BAL: Nate McLouth (1-7, 3 SO, 2 R)

Watching the highlights from Saturday’s game, McLouth did have a beautiful defensive gem in left. However, his bat still hasn’t looked sharp since 2010.

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