W2W4: Rangers at Chicago White Sox


The Texas Rangers continue their nine-game road trip with a visit to the Chicago White Sox.

Here's a preivew:

What’s up with the White Sox? The ChiSox are 5 games back of the second wild-card berth in the AL. Consistency has been their problem as evident by the 56-55 record and the bullpen is partly to blame. In Sunday’s loss to Minnesota, the bullpen allowed 15 runs on 18 hits and five walks. Hitting isn’t the issue. Jose Abreu is the man with a slash line of .308/.365/.634 with 31 HRs and 84 RBIs. Adam Dunn has the power (17 home runs) but 114 strikeouts in 304 at-bats. Alexei Ramirez leads the team with 57 runs and 123 hits. Overall, the White Sox are fifth in the AL with a .411 slugging percentage.

What’s up with the Rangers? Everything is bad. The team is on pace to lose 100 games and was swept in a three-game set in Cleveland this past weekend. The Rangers have also lost six consecutive on the road and 19 of 22 games. Rougned Odor is in a 0-16 slide and Shin-Soo Choo is 0-9 with five strikeouts. The Rangers haven’t homered in their last four games. There are some positives as Elvis Andrus has a nine-game hit streak going and well, Yu Darvish pitched well Sunday, but he’s not starting during this set with the White Sox.

Is there anything wrong with Neftali Feliz? Some diminished velocity on his fastball Sunday in a blown save against Cleveland has raised questions about the closer's health. “You get rest, it means you should be stronger,” manager Ron Washington told Mike Peasley of ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. “I don’t know what’s going on. We’ll find out if something’s wrong.” Feliz blew his first save of the season since taking over the closer's role two weeks ago by allowing a game-tying home run to former Ranger David Murphy.

Rehab, rehab, rehab: LHP Derek Holland will make his second rehab start in Game 1 of the doubleheader Monday night at Triple-A Round Rock. He pitched two scoreless innings for Double-A Frisco last week. C Geovany Soto continues his rehab stint with Double-A Frisco this week with the plan of joining the Rangers when they get to Houston on Friday.

The pitching matchups: Monday: RHP Nick Martinez (1-7, 5.08) vs. RHP Hector Noesi (5-8, 5.21); Tuesday: RHP Colby Lewis (7-8, 5.98) vs. LHP John Danks (9-6, 4.50); Wednesday: TBA vs. LHP Chris Sale (10-1, 2.09). Nick Tepesch could get the call here. He missed his last start Friday night because of knee soreness.