After snapping a brutal losing streak and dodging a four-game-sweep in Houston, the White Sox (29-38) will head up north to take on the Minnesota Twins (30-36).
Both teams have struggled in recent times—the Sox losing 14 of 18 games, and the Twins dropping 7 of 11—and currently sit at the bottom of the AL Central ladder. Detroit sits securely at the top, with Kansas City and Cleveland neck-and-neck a little farther down, but the Sox and Twins will spend the next three games in a battle royale to not be the loser of the AL Central.
Personally, I think they should just let their mascots duke it out–it would be just as compelling.
Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26 ERA) will start for the Sox tonight, after taking a seven-day break from his disastrous start last week. It’s crucial that Axelrod gets his act together and sets the momentum in favor of the White Sox early-on in the series. The Sox will face Mike Pelfry (3-6, 6.12 ERA), and if they can’t get a hitting rally started against him, I don’t know if they ever will this season.
And while Adam Dunn is not exactly hitting up a storm these days, he has had five hits in his last 10 at-bats against Pelfry and we hope to see some big hits tonight.
Tuesday: 7:10 p.m., RH Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26) vs. RH Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12)
Wednesday: 7:10 p.m., LH Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43) vs. RH Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97)
Thursday: 12:10 p.m., LH John Danks (1-3, 4.50) vs. LH Scott Diamond (4-6, 5.29)