Series Preview: Chicago White Sox

The Red Sox travelled on the redeye to Chicago after reviving their fortunes on the road with a series win over the Tampa Bay Rays followed by a series sweep of the Minnesota Twins. Heading into the series with the White Sox the Red Sox are trailing the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East by half a game.

The Sox teams last met in 2012 for four games at Fenway, a series the Red Sox would win 3-1, only dropping the game started by this series’ game one starter, Jon Lester. Philip Humber won that day, but he won’t feature for the White Sox this week.   He joined  the Astros this season and was recently designated for assignment after a terrible start to the season – 0-8 with a 9.59 ERA (Humber threw the 21st perfect game in MLB history on April 21st of 2012).

Jon Lester will open the series tonight against Dylan Axelrod as the Red Sox look to extend their five game winning streak. After his last start Lester moved into fifth on the all-time Red Sox strikeout list, passing Josh Beckett.  Cy Young in fourth is next up for Lester, but he needs 231 strikeouts to tie Young’s mark.

Felix Doubront will face off with Jose Quintana in game two, where Doubront will look to build on his 7 strikeout outing against Tampa Bay last time out. Doubront has yet to work out of the sixth inning in any start this season so expect the bullpen, now with added Andrew Bailey, to be called upon in this one.

The premier matchup of the series is Clay Buchholz against Chris Sale on Wednesday.  Buchholz will attempt to win game number 7 at the fourth time of asking while Sale will look to achieve win number six. In Sale’s nine starts this season the White Sox are 7-2 while the Red Sox are 8-1 in games started by Buchholz.

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