The White Sox will continue their four game set against the last place Boston Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park when Jose Quintana opposes Rick Porcello at 6:10 local time. The White Sox have won six in a row and are one win away from getting Chris Sale on the mound with a chance to sweep Boston. Tonight’s game has added importance with Sale slated to go tomorrow, but as of late the White Sox have been charging hard both prior to the All-Star Break and now afterwards. The White Sox did have a rough opening series at home against the Royals following the break but since then they’ve been winning games and climbing the standings in the Wild Card.
The Southsiders currently sit two games below five hundred, a mark they’ve yet to reach this season. The Red Sox are well out of the race in any playoff berth and the White Sox have been doing to them what most of the league has been doing all year. The White Sox have scored 19 runs at Fenway Park this week, and tonight against Rick Porcello the Southsiders should continue to batter what is arguably one of the worst staffs in baseball.
Unfortunately for the White Sox not everything stays easy after tonight and tomorrow with the first place Yankees coming to town on Friday for a weekend series. The Yankees last night scored a ridiculous 21 runs in Texas and have been one of the best teams in all of baseball as of late. Adding to the pressure to get these next two games in Boston is the fact that the Yankees will have their pitching rotation set up for the series in Chicago. CC Sabathia will pitch Friday Night, and then Nathan Eovaldi will pitch Saturday followed by Ivan Nova in the matinee on Sunday. The Yankees are currently 15 game over five-hundred and running away with the AL East, leading the division by a comfortable 7 games.
The White Sox have been making strides in their own efforts to get back into the AL Wild Card race by leap frogging a lot of teams during this current six game winning streak. The Sox are just three game back of Minnesota for the second playoff spot and within shouting distance of Houston to host that Wild Card game. The biggest attribute to this current streak has been the offense, the White Sox are finally starting to hit and give run support to their very strong starting rotation. Rookie Tyler Saladino has been awesome since his call-up with 11 runs scored and six runs batted in in 15 games played. The White Sox are getting contributions form the top and middle part of the order and that’s making all the difference as of late. The next two games against Boston are extremely critical in keeping the momentum going before an extremely tough series against New York. The Yankees are killing the baseball and their bullpen is lights out with Betances closing games.
For the White Sox to get back to five-hundred would be a huge accomplishment after the start they had. Getting back to five-hundred would truly make them playoff contenders and dissuade GM Rick Hahn from selling off pieces before Friday. The start by Quintana tonight will be enormous because Chris Sale is almost a lock against Steven Wright tomorrow, who is nothing more than a 4A player on a team that’s just going through the motions of a losing season. The Yankees this weekend will be a barometer as to how well the White Sox could do in a playoff series if they were to get there. The White Sox need to keep the hot bats going tonight because the Red Sox can score a bunch of runs at Fenway in any given contest despite their struggles. Rick Porcello should provide the White Sox with some good pitches to hit as he’s surrendered 18 home runs this year which puts him in the top-15 in that category in all of baseball. In addition the Red Sox will be without young star centerfielder Mookie Betts who suffered a concussion last night and was placed on the seven day concussion DL.