CLEVELAND -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura might be altering his starting rotation just two weeks into the season as the team gears up for a three-game series against the hard-hitting Detroit Tigers. Skipping Hector Noesi, who lasted just 4 2/3 innings (110 pitches) on Friday, the team appears to prefer starting the Detroit series with their two aces as Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 6.23) and Chris Sale (1-0, 1.50) have been moved to Friday and Saturday afternoon, respectively.
With just two games against the Cleveland Indians, Ventura appears ready to take advantage of the day off leading into the Tigers series, leaving the assignment for Sunday’s afternoon contest up for grabs.
“There’s a possibility [Jose Quintana] comes back there,” said Ventura of his probable starters. “There’s an off day so you can see him making that one, or you can have Noesi at that point. There’s a chance to be able to do that. As of right now, we don’t know who that’s going to be -- it’s to be determined at this point.”
Noesi struggled mightily in his first start of the season, allowing four hits and six walks in a 6-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins, but is on a $2 million contract that will buy him plenty of time to straighten things out. The White Sox could also consider promoting left-handed prospect Carlos Rodon, but he’s marking time in Charlotte due to service time considerations.
Nevertheless, Ventura will play the hand he is dealt, using the rare two-game, mid-week series to his advantage as the table gets set for the weekend with his top three pitchers potentially available to battle against one of the American League’s best.
“I’m always excited to see those guys,” said Ventura. “I don’t care if you split them up [like the Indians series. They’re just good pitchers and you’d like to see them go as many times as possible, whether it’s in the same series or not.
“When you have them together, it’s pretty nice seeing that back-to-back.”