Top pitching match-up slated for game one; Sox/Dodgers

Drink some coffee or go out to a bar and get your drink on for game one of the White Sox versus the Dodgers that pits Sox 2012 CY Young candidate, Chris Sale (8-2) against last year’s NL CY Young winner, Clayton Kershaw (5-3). This game has the possibility of lasting less than two hours if both pitchers are effective this evening. Start time in Chicago is 9:10pm, so like I said prepare appropriately because you won’t want to miss this one. Dodgers are playing a bit better than the Sox right now with a 7-3 record in their last 10, while the Sox are 4-6 in the their last 10. Both teams are in first place and I’m hoping for a Sox sweep to strengthen their position in the AL Central and also help out the San Francisco Giants. The Sox have cooled off since their tear at end of May winning 9 out-of 10, but have won important match-ups against their division, which was something they struggled with last season. Adam Dunn hit his 22nd homer last night to tie Josh Hamilton for the league lead, and drove in his 50th RBI, which ranks 4th in the Majors. Paul Konerko is still leading the majors with a .364 batting average, but his RBI total is down a bit from where it’s normally at with only 35, but that makes sense when you have the league leader in homers batting in front of you. If Sale can shut down the Dodgers tonight he might take over the best ERA in the Majors, as Brandon Beachy is edging out Sale with a 1.98 to Sale’s 2.05. Sale has a firm command of the ERA crown in the AL leading CC Wilson. Hopefully the Sox can continue their dominance over the Dodgers as they come into today with an 11-4 lifetime record, and look to get back to their winning ways. The Sox had an opportunity to distance themselves from the Indians this week, but could only take one from the Cardinals keeping their lead at 1-1/2 games. The Sox should be able to win this series if they can win tonight’s game because the Sox do have one nice thing going in their rotation at the moment, their two mediocre pitchers (Floyd, Humber) are sandwiched between three good pitchers (Peavy, Sale, Quintana); this helps to avoid extending losing streaks. Remember, drink some coffee, take a nap, or go out and watch this game with friends because it should be a dandy.

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