White Sox vs. Phillies
Tip-off: Friday, July 12, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Chicago: Danks (2-6, 4.31 ERA)
- Philadelphia: Pettibone (5-3, 3.84 ERA)
The Chicago White Sox‘s offense did not shine last season however YouWager experts consider their lineup have bounced back winning a road series this week.
The White Sox will try to continue their streak hitting against a rookie pitcher who’s been fantastic lately, as Jonathan Pettibone looks to win his third straight start when the Philadelphia Phillies host Chicago tonight.
The South Siders are second-to-last in baseball with 336 runs, and their .301 on-base percentage and .384 slugging percentage are also near the bottom.
However, the last-place Chicago (36-53) scored 22 runs while taking two of three from AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers, winning 6-3 on Thursday behind Josh Phegley’s grand slam. The homer was the 26 year-old’s third in five games since making his big league debut.
The White Sox hit .358 for the series, helped by Alex Rios’ 6-for-6 performance in an 11-4 win Tuesday. According to the MLB odds, Alejandro De Aza was 7 for 14 and scored five runs while Dayan Viciedo drove in five.
The 22 runs were the most this MLB team has scored in a series in 2013.
Pettibone (5-3, 3.84 ERA) has posted a 2.35 ERA in his last four starts and won the past two, matching a season high with six strikeouts in each. The California native limited Atlanta to one run over 5 1/3 innings of a 7-3 victory Sunday.
The pitcher has had mixed results in two interleague starts, posting a 1-1 record and 4.63 ERA.
John Danks (0-2, 4.15) has gone 1-2 in his last three starts despite a 2.53 ERA in that span. Danks, who gave up three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 road defeat versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, has received six runs of support in the three games.
The 28 year-old Danks has gone 7-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 19 career interleague starts, but 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three such outings this season.
Danks will be starting for Chicago versus a Philadelphia team that just took three of four at home from the Washington Nationals, topped with a 3-1 victory Thursday. The Phillies (46-47) are close to .500 for the first time since it was 31-31 on June 7.