The Chicago White Sox look to keep a hot hand tonight behind their ace, Chris Sale. The White Sox did what they had to do yesterday, jumping out and grabbing the first game against the Blue Jays, a 7-5 bout as heavy underdogs. The White Sox have been defying the odds so far this season, and they continued to do it last night, bringing their overall record to 14-6 on the season. 6-14 sounds like how people thought they were going to start the season. Instead, they have silenced the doubters and probably even surprised themselves the way things have gone. However, the White Sox have a long ways to go to unseat the Royals as the top dog in the AL Central. Suddenly the Tigers don’t look like much of a threat, but let’s see how this season works out.
Could LaRoche leaving the team actually helped them out? Money wise, yes that is certainly the case. He wasn’t being paid janitor money in Chicago, he was getting a pretty hefty salary. It makes it all the more confusing why he walked away from a nice paycheck to be an adequate player. The end result of that incident may have helped the White Sox out. The play on the field certainly reflects that, as they’ve been a surprise 14-6 team. Now that the White Sox have their ace back on the mound, they’re in a good position to add another win to their already impressive resume.
The Blue Jays are going to counter Chris Sale with R.A. Dickey. Every Jays’ fan holds their breath when they see Dickey take the mound. Dickey in prime form could have helped this team out a lot, but he’s been more of a liability more often than not. The Blue Jays are stuck with his contract, no other team is going to be willing to take him off their hands, so Toronto is in a position where they just have to hope for the best with him. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him in the minors before seasons end. He has a tough matchup tonight, as he looks to outduel Chris Sale Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre.
Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10 ERA)
Sale was the most outspoken player after LaRoche’s kid was told to take a hike. It apparently hasn’t impacted him on the field though, as his numbers continue to reflect one of the best pitchers in baseball. Sale hasn’t taken a beating yet, as he’s recorded a strong ERA of 1.80 and 0.67 WHIP. After allowing 3 runs in each of his first two starts, Sale has been unhittable, posting 4 hits total and no runs in his past two games. On the road this season, the opposing team has hit for a .172 batting average and 0.62 WHIP. Sale had an extra day of rest coming into this start.
Sale has been pretty strong against the Blue Jays, posting a 2.57 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. The Blue Jays have hit for just a .196 batting average against Sale. R.A. Dickey will try and improve on his atrocious 6.10 ERA tonight. If the knuckleball is on, it’s on, if it’s off then it can be batting practice out there. Right now, Dickey is serving up batting practice to other teams. Opposing teams are hitting .298 against Dickey with a 1.69 WHIP. Worst yet, Dickey hasn’t been able to solve the White Sox lineup, and for the greater part of his career pitching against them, they haven’t had the most potent of offenses. In 48.2 innings against the White Sox, Dickey has gone for a 7.40 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. The price in this game is slightly puzzling. I think the perception here is that it’s the Blue Jays, a team that came so close to the World Series, against the irrelevant White Sox. I just have to take advantage of a short price on Sale against Dickey. If it fails, I fell hook, line and sinker.
PICK: WHITE SOX TO WIN -118