Interleague play has always treated the White Sox well. Despite the 12-5 defeat to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, the White Sox have a 175-135 record all-time in interleague games, fourth-best in baseball.
The White Sox have a chance to improve on that against an underachieving Diamondbacks club that is 13-24 and in last place in the National League West. The Diamondbacks are on a two-game winning streak, though, and are actually better on the road. They have a 10-9 record away from home, while going just 3-15 at Chase Field.
The series also pits two clubs that participated in a pair of significant trades in the offseason. The first was a three-team deal that also included the Los Angeles Angels. The White Sox netted Adam Eaton from Arizona, while the Diamondbacks' main return was Mark Trumbo from the Angels.
That trade eventually led to the deal that brought third baseman Matt Davidson to the White Sox in exchange for Reed.
Interestingly, only Reed will be taking part in this weekend's series. Eaton is on the disabled list with hamstring issues, while Davidson continues to develop at Triple-A Charlotte. Trumbo is on the DL with a stress fracture in his left foot.
As the Diamondbacks' closer, Reed has 10 saves with a 4.08 ERA. He got his most recent save Wednesday at Milwaukee, allowing a run to score while doing so.
HEAD TO HEAD
Adam Dunn is 1-for-6 against Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy with three strikeouts. ... In three starts against his former team, McCarthy is 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA. ... Arizona starer Wade Miley has faced just one current White Sox player. Moises Sierra has one at-bat against him and he struck out. ... Of the three White Sox starters in the upcoming series, Hector Noesi has the most experience against Diamondbacks hitters, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. The seven Diamondbacks who have faced Noesi (including injured players) are a combined 12-for-27 (.444) against him with seven extra-base hits.
The White Sox's Jose Abreu is dealing with a left ankle injury, and if he can play this weekend, he might be reduced to designated hitter duties. ... The White Sox are coming off a defeat to the Cubs where they allowed 12 runs, the fourth time they have allowed that many in 36 games this season. ... The White Sox had 13 hits on Thursday, the 17th time this season they have been in double digits in that department. ... The White Sox's Alexei Ramirez has 15 multi-hits games this season, including a four-hit performance Thursday. ... White Sox reliever Scott Downs has delivered four consecutive scoreless performances, while Zach Putnam is unscored upon in five consecutive appearances, while Ronald Belisario has retired 24 of the last 27 batters he has faced. ... The Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt is third in the NL with a .344 batting average and is tied for ninth in both home runs (seven) and RBIs (23).
Friday: White Sox RH Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.50) vs. D'backs RH Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 4.67), 7:10 p.m.
Saturday: White Sox LH Jose Quintana (1-2, 3.56) vs. D'backs LF Wade Miley (2-3, 5.14), 6:10 pm.
Sunday: White Sox RH Hector Noesi (0-2, 8.27) vs. TBA, 1:10 p.m.