Series Preview: Sox in Baltimore to take on the O’s

The White Sox hit the road after a fairly successful homestand which saw them win four out of six and take series against the Indians and the Royals. The big blemish on the homestand came in the first game against Kansas City, which saw a bench clearing brawl thanks to renowned jerk Yordano Ventura’s antics. Ventura has managed to piss off half the American League in about three weeks and this time it will cost him and the rest of the Sox and Royals some suspensions.

Both Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija are appealing their suspensions and are scheduled to pitch in Baltimore.

The Sox are now closing in on the .500 mark at 8-9 while the Orioles also come in just under break-even at 9-10 on the young season.

White Sox vs. Orioles: By the Numbers

White Sox record versus Baltimore:

2015: 1st meeting

2014: 1-5

White Sox at Camden Yards:

2014: 1-2

 

Starting Pitchers: White Sox

Hector Noesi (0-2, 5.23 ERA)

Last Start: (L) 5.2 IP, 4 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s, 2 HR’s

Versus Orioles

Career: 9 games (4 starts), 1-4, 5.34 ERA, 1.640 WHIP, 7.8 K/9, 2.78 K/BB

At Camden Yards: 3 games (1 start), 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.417 WHIP, 5.3 K/9, 1.75 K/BB

 

Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 3.33 ERA)

Last Start: (W) 6 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB’s, 3 K’s

Versus Orioles

Career: 1 start (ND), 7 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, 2 HR’s

Orioles vs. Samardzija: 10-for-51 (.196), 2 doubles, 1 HR (Machado), 2 BB’s, 15 K’s

 

Chris Sale (2-0, 2.37 ERA)

Last Start: (ND) 7 IP, 9 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s

Versus Orioles

Career: 9 games (3 starts), 0-2, 5.06 ERA, 1.969 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 1.91 K/BB, 5 HR’s

At Camden Yards: 5 games (2 starts), 0-1, 4.38 ERA, 1.946 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 1.67 K/BB, 2 HR’s

 

Starting Pitchers: Orioles

Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 2.30 ERA)

Last Start: (L) 5 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 3 BB’s, 6 K’s, 2 HR’s

Versus White Sox

Career: 10 starts, 2-3, 5.01 ERA, 1.635 WHIP, 7.7 K/9, 1.70 K/BB, 5 HR’s

 

Chris Tillman (2-2, 7.58 ERA)

Last Start: (L) 4.1 IP, 5 hits, 7 ER, 5 BB’s, 3 K’s, HR

Versus White Sox

Career: 4 starts, 3-1, 3.18 ERA, 1.235 WHIP, 6.8 K/9, 1.70 K/BB, 2 HR’s

 

Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 3.42 ERA)

Last Start: (ND) 6 IP, 8 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR’s

Versus White Sox

Career: 2 starts, 1-1, 3.00 ERA, 1.417 WHIP, 5.3 K/9, 1.75 K/BB, HR

 

Team Notes: Orioles

– Swinging the Lumber: The Orioles come into this series swinging hot bats. In fact the O’s put up 18 runs on the Red Sox on Sunday. Baltimore leads the American League in runs, home runs, slugging percentage and OPS. They are third in team batting average and on-base percentage. Adam Jones is off to a blistering start hitting .403 with five homers and 18 RBI. Chris Davis has four homers and 13 knocked in and the biggest surprise might be Jimmy Paredes who is hitting .429 with three homers and nine RBI.

Adam Jones is raking.

Adam Jones is raking.

– Pitching a Problem: While the O’s bats have been working, their pitching has not been as good. In fact, Baltimore is last in the American League in ERA at 5.04. They have also given up the second most home runs and issued the most walks. They have especially struggled at home where they have a team ERA of 5.49 and have served up 15 homers in just nine games.

Delmon Young, Sox Killer: Even though he is not one of the regulars for the Orioles, expect the Sox to see Delmon Young in the lineup during this series. Young has killed the Sox over his career, hitting .333/.381/.532 with 13 home runs and 57 RBI in 88 games. While these aren’t quite Ryan Raburn level numbers, they are still pretty darn good.

 

Team Notes: White Sox

– Roster Moves: The White Sox made a couple roster moves over the weekend following the brawl with KC and may need to make some others. Most notably, Matt Albers was placed on the 15-day DL with a broken finger he suffered during the brawl. Albers had a 1.59 ERA in four games for the Sox out of the pen before the injury. Getting the call up is Scott Carroll who was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts at AAA Charlotte. Carroll was very effective as a reliever last year for the Sox posting a 1-0 record with a 1.99 ERA in seven relief appearances totaling 22.2 innings.

-Abreu Leads the Way: Jose Abreu enters the series on an eight game hitting streak. During that streak, Abreu is 14-for-33 (.424) with three home runs, three doubles and 12 RBI. Abreu has five home runs on the season, while the rest of the Sox combined have seven. Last year in three games at Camden Yards Abreu went 5-for-13 (.385) with two homers, a double and four RBI.

– Robertson Shuts the Door: The White Sox knew they needed to upgrade their bullpen and so they went out and spent the money on David Robertson to take over the closer role. So far he has lived up to the contract. Robertson has tossed eight scoreless innings, allowed three hits, walked one batter and struck out seventeen. He has three saves and two wins in relief and picked up one of each on Sunday against the Royals.

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White Sox fan for as long as I can remember. Graduate of the Michigan State School of Journalism, Pitch F/X Operator for MLB.com, play-by-play announcer for the Michigan Regional Sports Network and new dad. I live in the Detroit area but am still a Chicagoan all the way.

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