Series preview: White Sox at Giants


A struggling Chicago White Sox team has just the right guy on the mound Tuesday night as Chris Sale is set to pitch against the San Francisco Giants.

The White Sox are playing their last two interleague games of the season on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon against the Giants, and Sale is 3-0 lifetime with a 2.52 ERA in six starts against National League teams.

In fact, the last time he pitched in an interleague game, Sale earned the victory over the Giants on June 18 when he gave up three earned runs over six innings.

Sale is also coming off just his second defeat of the season, though. He gave up just two runs on three hits over six innings Wednesday against the Texas Rangers so that defeat was more a result of the White Sox being held down by Rangers pitching.

Sale is 10-2 with a 2.14 ERA this season and is making a Cy Young Award push, despite spending time on the disabled list earlier this season with a sore arm muscle.

On the road this season, Sale is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA over six starts, five of which have been quality. Sale also has 39 strikeouts in those six road outings.


The only active White Sox player who has faced Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong is Adam Dunn, who is 2-for-6 against the right-hander, with a home run and four walks. ... Giants starter Jake Peavy faced the White Sox on April 15 as a member of the Red Sox, giving up just one run on three hits with eight strikeouts over six innings against his former team, as Dunn hit a third-inning home run. ... White Sox starter Scott Carroll, who has never faced the Giants, is 0-1 in two outings against National League teams this season, with a 8.22 ERA. The Giants’ Buster Posey is 2-for-2 against Sale, while Gregor Blanco is 3-for-5.


The White Sox have lost five of their past six games and seven of their last nine. ... The White Sox have been outscored 60-17 over their last eight games, totals that show the White Sox’s issues are in more than one area. ... After going 1-for-4 on Sunday at Seattle, Jose Abreu has a hit 28 of his past 29 road games and is batting .391 over that stretch with nine home runs and 24 RBIs. ... The White Sox are now 1-3 over a stretch of 15 consecutive games where they will face teams with winning records. They also have 19 of their last 22 games in August against teams above .500. ... The White Sox are 31-28 against teams with winning runs this season and 25-35 against teams under .500. ... The White Sox's Conor Gillaspie enters the series against his former organization with a .318 batting average, seventh best in the American League, and a .362 on-base percentage that is 17th best in the AL.


Tuesday: White Sox LH Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14 ERA) vs. Giants RH Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77), 9:15 p.m. CST

Wednesday: White Sox RH Scott Carroll (4-7, 4.81) vs. Giants RH Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82), 2:45 p.m. CST