Friday, Sep 12, 2008, 7:11 PM CDT
U.S. Cellular Field
Justin Verlander vs John Danks
Mostly cloudy with a 50-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 70.
Over the last 14 games, the White Sox have gone 5-9, scoring an average of 3.43 runs/game and posting a collective batting line of .226/.282/.363. Among regulars, Nick Swisher, Ken Griffey Jr., Orlando Cabrera, AJ Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez all own a slugging percentage under .303 over that span.
The offense hasn't been the only culprit for the skid, the bullpen has let the Sox down in a big way. They've combined to allow opponents to hit .323/.404/.477 overall and astounding .452/.500/.710 and .333/.409/.513 in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively. Jim points out that Ozzie has limited right-handed options in front of Bobby Jenks right now. And I'd add that Jenks hasn't exactly been very good lately, allowing runs in 3 of his last 4 outings.