Game three of this American League battle takes place Wednesday afternoon at T-Mobile Park as the Chicago White Sox take on the Seattle Mariners. The White Sox have lefty Dallas Keuchel starting for them while the Mariners are giving Justin Dunn a shot on the mound. After taking the first two games so far of this series, the Sox have a 3-3 record on the year while the Mariners are 2-3.
Can the Sox Take Their Second Series?There was a lot of hype in the offseason over the up-and-coming White Sox and their success this season with the hiring of legendary manager Tony La Russa. Unfortunately, that success didn’t come to fruition in their first series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The White Sox lost three of four to the Angels, including a close Opening Day game decided by one run in the Angels’ favor, 4-3. In game two, the Sox seemed to hit everything pitched to them as they went on to win the game 12-8. In games three and four however, Chicago’s hitters could not match the Angels’ offensive production, and they lost both, 5-3 and 7-4 respectively.
Despite losing their first series, the White Sox started their second series against Seattle off on the right foot Monday night as they shut out the Mariners with a 6-0 victory. A lot of that was due to the performance of starter Carlos Rodon who struck out nine batters over five innings and only gave up two hits. Their designated hitter, Yermin Mercedes, who is quite possibly the hottest player in the big leagues at the moment, had three hits, bringing his total to 12 hits thus far. They put up another solid performance on Tuesday night, winning 7-3 behind some big hits by center fielder Luis Robert and catcher Zack Collins.
There have been bright spots early on with Mitch Haniger leading the team with a .318 batting average and recording seven hits in 22 ABs to go with three triples and 13 total bases. Here’s the problem: Haniger is the only guy doing anything. Seattle’s line-up so far has only mustered a .177 batting average and only two home runs through five games. The pitching staff had done a serviceable job against the Giants but they’ve been hammered by the White Sox offense thus far. That being said, they got solid pitching from Chris Flexen who played last season with South Korea’s Doosan Bears. Yusei Kikuchi struck out ten Giants over six innings in his first start of the year. Against Chicago however, their starters haven’t gotten it done. Justus Sheffield pitched five innings and gave up six runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks.
-Seattle is 0-5 in their last 5 games vs. left-handed starters at home. -Seattle is 21-47 in their last 68 games vs. left-handed starters.
-Chicago is 20-7 in their last 27 games as a road favorite. -Chicago is 47-22 in their last 69 games as a favorite.