Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
Pedro Hernandez vs. Hector Santiago
-Pedro Hernandez has never his former team before. Hernandez was dealt to the Twins from the White Sox with Eduardo Escobar for Francisco Liriano last season. Hernandez has pitched just 12.1 innings combined in his last three starts with an ERA over eight.
-Just a year Santiago was emerging, then failing as the ChiSox closer. Now, he is stretched out and giving starting a shot. This will be his third career start. So far this in two starts and seven relief appearances he is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA and he has 25 punch outs in 26.2 innings of work.
-No Twin has more than four official at bats vs. Santiago.
-Mauer is 1-for-4 with two walks.
-Jamey Carroll is 2-for-2 with a homer.
Kevin Correia vs. Jake Peavy
-Correia has never faced the White Sox. He has been very solid for Minnesota this season. Correia is 4-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 46.2 innings over his first seven starts.
-Adam Dunn is 3-for-9 against Correia with a homer, three RBIs, two walks and three strikeouts.
-Jeff Keppinger is 5-for-11 with a homer, three RBIs and two walks.
-Peavy is 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 career starts vs. the Twins. He is 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA in his last three starts. He has also struck out 21 batters in his last 20 innings. Peavy faced the Twins on April 20 in Chicago and he went seven strong innings while striking out nine and giving up just one earned run (he did issue four walks).
-Brian Dozier is 5-for-13 against Peavy with six strikeouts.
-Mauer is 9-for-29 with a homer, four RBIs and five walks.
-Parmelee is 5-for-11 with four strikeouts.
-Willingham is 1-for-18 with four walks and five strikeouts.
Mike Pelfrey vs. Dylan Axelrod
-Pelfrey has never faced the White Sox. He has very inconsistent thus far. He has gone six innings in his last two starts giving just four earned combined.
-Dunn is just 6-for-26 lifetime against Pelfrey but he does have a homer and six walks.
-Axelrod has no record and a 3.86 ERA two appearances spanning 4.2 innings vs. the Twin. He is 0-3 on the season with a 4.17 ERA.
-Mauer is 1-for-1 with RBI and two walks vs. Axelrod.
-Morneau is 1-for-1 with a walk.
The White Sox are currently at the bottom for the division. Position never seems to matter when these heated rivals lock horns.
Right Fielder Alex Rios is currently their offensive leader. Through Saturday Rios tops the Sox in homers, RBIs, batting average, stolen bases, OBP, slugging and OPS. He is also tied for team lead in walks with Adam Dunn.
Center Fielder Alejandro DeAza has displayed some surprising pop, which is unfortunately has been counter acted by 42 strikeouts and just eight walks.
- MLB Trade Whispers: Should the Chicago White Sox Trade Jake Peavy? (bleacherreport.com)
- Chicago White Sox need fixing now, future (thesportsbank.net)