The Chicago White Sox are looking to stay on track at home against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Nationals hoping to carry momentum
Through the first 60-plus games of the season, the Nationals have continued to hover just below the .500 mark. Washington has had its fair share of issues along the way with them being unable to break forward. Washington has had success as of last with three wins in the last five games including back-to-back wins to close out their four-game set against the San Diego Padres. This saw them finish it up with a bang that saw them hit four consecutive home runs for the first time since July 2017. The Nationals have struggled to find any type of consistency with their offensive production on the year. The team has been able to depend on the strong level of production from star third baseman Anthony Rendon as he’s batting .319 with 12 home runs and a team-best 43 RBI. Rendon has been their primary offensive weapon that has sparked their batting order throughout this point in the season.
Rendon has picked it up for the month of June as he’s batting .345 with two home runs, and nine RBI, and four runs scored in 29 at-bats. His production has been key in setting the tone offensively for the Nationals offensively. Second baseman Brian Dozier has also had a lift in production at the plate in the last week as he’s batting .313 with two home runs and four RBI, and five runs scored in the last six games played. Washington will be turning to left-hander Patrick Corbin, who is in his first campaign with the team as he holds a 5-4 record with 3.59 ERA in 13 starts. However, Corbin has struggled in his last two starts suffering losses in each outing. This saw him go less than three innings against the Cincinnati Reds where he gave up six runs on 11 hits. This is a chance for him to turn it around on the road against a struggling team.
White Sox hoping to find consistency
The White Sox have continued to move around just below the .500 mark on the year with plenty of difficulties stringing together a strong stretch of games. Chicago is coming off back-to-back wins to close out the three-game series against the Kansas City Royals. This is coming off dropping three consecutive games that have been the epitome of how their season has unfolded. This has seen veteran first baseman Jose Abreu get off to a strong start to the season as he currently leads the American League with 52 RBI along with hitting 16 home runs while batting .250. Abreu has been a factor on the road this season batting .281 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, and 11 doubles. His presence in the middle of the order has been huge in providing offensive stability. Abreu has had some encouraging play against the Nationals in limited in action against them as he’s batting .500 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in eight total at-bats.
The White Sox have also had a strong level of production from shortstop Tim Anderson has been putting together the best campaign of his career he’s currently .324 along with nine home runs, 28 RBI, and 33 runs scored through 57 games played. Anderson has been a key part of the top of the White Sox’s batting order this season as he has helped set the tone offensively. Chicago hasn’t had a strong level of pitching this season, but that has picked up in the final two games of the year giving up just two runs over that span. The White Sox are turning to left-hander Manny Banuelos, who has struggled this season as he’s holding a 3-4 record with a 7.36 ERA. Banuelos has had his fair share of issues in his last five starts as he holds a 2-3 record going no more than 5.1 innings in any of those outings while giving up five more or more runs all but once over that span. Given his issues over the last month, this should more of the same with the Nationals continuing their surge forward.
- White Sox are 0-5 in their last five games against a National League East division opponent.
- White Sox are 1-4 in Banuelos’ last five starts.
- White Sox are 1-4 in Banuelos’ last five starts on grass.
- Nationals are 4-0 in Corbin’s last four starts during Game 2 of a series.
- Nationals are 5-1 in Corbin’s last six starts following a team loss in their previous game.
- Nationals are 4-1 in Corbin’s last five starts with four days of rest.