After yet another hard fought series against the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox make their way out to Anaheim this weekend to face a team that’s just as tough as Kansas City, except for one thing… they actually have a winning record and are in the playoff hunt.
Both teams have something to play for, and the Los Angeles Angels are much more desperate then the White Sox as they trail in the Wild Card standings by four games as of Thursday evening. The Sox haven’t gotten hosed by the Angels much this year, or seen them that much for that matter, and have a 3-2 record against them this year. This series in particular isn’t that pressing for the Sox. Shocking to say that, isn’t it? But with the Detroit Tigers still playing subpar, and the Sox throwing Jake Peavy and Jose Quintana on the bump for the weekend, the chances are good that the Sox will coast to a series win and get that magic number even closer to zero.
What will be key here is pitching. Quintana probably won’t get too many innings so the team can save him for a possible postseason run. The bullpen has had its ups and downs over the past two to three weeks, and this series would be a good time for that bullpen to see some action and get its bearings back just in time for some fall ball. After this, the Sox only have a week and a half left in the season. The end is near, and the prize is in sight. All that really means, as of right now, is that it’s the Sox’s prize to lose.
Game 1 (Friday, 9:05 p.m. CT)
Jake Peavy (11-11, 3.26 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (8-12, 5.08 ERA)
Game 2 (Saturday, 9:05 p.m. CT)
Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.69 ERA) vs. Dan Haren (11-11, 4.41 ERA)
Game 3 (Sunday, 2:35 p.m. CT)
Gavin Floyd (10-10, 4.50 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver (18-4, 2.79 ERA)
Jake Peavy: Currently 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA this month. Expect to see the success of Peavy’s resurrected arm continue.
Mike Trout: In all honesty, he could be a stud for every series. His 46 stolen bases lead the American League, and his .327 average currently ranks second.
DeWayne Wise: Why is he a dud? Because he keeps taking playing time from Dayan Vicedo and Alejandro De Aza for some reason. And whatever the reason Robin Ventura has for it, it’s the wrong reason. Platoons typically don’t work.
Mark Trumbo: He’s been in a horrible slide for most of the second half, and is currently batting 1.98 over his last 51 games.
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