There was some rain that moved through the Chicago area earlier this morning but it looks like we will get the game in today. The White Sox are wrapping up their four game series with the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon. The Sox have been on an up and down roller coaster lately as they are 3-5 in their last eight games.
Overall the “Good Guys” are 10-13 on the season and they currently sit fourth in the American League Central Division. They are 3.5 games behind the first place Kansas City Royals. The reason for this unbalanced season is their lack of offense at times. During this eight game stretch the Sox have been outscored 23-21.
Adam Dunn has struggled at the plate this year as he is only batting .134 with just five home runs and 10 runs batted in. He has also struck out 30 times in 2013. Paul Konerko has also had his rough patches as he is only hitting .232 with three home runs, 12 RBI’s, and just a .229 on base percentage.
Other players have also had tough times in the batters box including Tyler Flowers, Jeff Keppinger, and Alejandro De Aza. The lack of hitting at times has put a great deal of stress on this White Sox pitching staff. Another issue that has been a thorn in the side of the South Siders is injuries.
Second baseman Gordan Beckham is still out with a wrist injury, outfielder Dayan Viciedo is out with an oblique strain, infielder Jeff Keppinger is day-to-day with back spasms, and it was just announced within the last couple of hours that pitcher Gavin Floyd is going on the 15-day disabled list because of a strain in his right flexor muscle.
The White Sox are the walking wounded at the moment and they are depending on some younger players to fill those voids in the meantime. As for the Rays, they are 11-13 this year. But they did manage to snap the White Sox three-game winning streak last night. The 10-4 victory gives them the chance to even up the series at two games a piece today.
Evan Longoria, James Loney, and Ben Zobrist have been the big pieces to the Rays offense this season. They combined for five RBI’s and five scored runs in last night’s victory. Manager Joe Maddon will be leaning on these three men again today. Both teams will have a chance for success this afternoon as they will be sending winless pitchers to the mound when the game starts just after 1pm.
Dylan Axelrod will get the nod for the Sox as he is 0-1 on the year with a 3.80 earned run average. The Rays will counter with David Price who is 0-2 with a 5.52 ERA. If the Sox can score some runs and take advantage of a lackluster pitcher in Price they can be successful today.
Here are today’s starting lineups:
1. CF #8 Desmond Jennings
2. RF #20 Matt Joyce
3. SS #17 Ben Zobrist
4. 3B #3 Evan Longoria
5. 1B #21 James Loney
6. 2B #19 Ryan Roberts
7. DH #2 Kelly Johnson
8. C #59 Jose Lobaton
9. LF #1 Sean Rodriguez
Pitcher: #14 David Price LHP
1. LF #30 Alejandro De Aza
2. 2B #1 Tyler Greene
3. RF #51 Alex Rios
4. DH #14 Paul Konerko
5. 1B #32 Adam Dunn
6. SS #10 Alexei Ramirez
7. 3B #12 Conor Gillaspie
8. C #21 Tyler Flowers
9. CF #28 Dewayne Wise
Pitcher: #33 Dylan Axelrod RHP
This game will be decided by who can score the most runs. You can get game updates from me on Twitter @GabeSalgado82 #Q101Sports