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Gamethread: Blue Jays at White Sox

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Reynaldo Lopez on the mound for series finale

Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox
Mode of travel: Will it be pre-transatlantic trip Reynaldo, or post-?
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

When last I did a did game coverage, which was more than a month ago, before a transatlantic trip planned before joining SSS, the White Sox had below average offense, but with some solid individual production; terrible pitching, but with occasional flashes of excellence; and horrible defense, no buts about it. They were two games under .500.

Now, the Sox have below average offense, but with some solid individual production; terrible pitching, but with occasional flashes of excellence; and horrible defense, no buts about it. They are two games under .500.

With all the negatives, being just two games under would seem to indicate terrific performances in the clutch. Unfortunately, it’s time to send out an SOS (hey, I was on a ship, so I get to use maritime stuff).

The SOS in question is Bill James’s Strength of Schedule stat, which shows the Sox with the easiest schedule in the AL so far, by a fair margin (only the Phillies have had less to face in MLB). And that’s without considering the Sox played the Yankees and Red Sox when those teams were struggling, an example of Hawk’s “it’s not who you play, it’s when you play ‘em” being accurate.

With a seven-game road trip to Houston and Minnesota beginning tomorrow, the Yellow Brick Road may suddenly be blocked by Winged Monkeys and Winkies (or, in this case, Twinkies). That makes today the last chance for a while to pick on someone our own size.

Reynaldo López takes the mound as the Sox try for a series victory over the Jays. The starboardsider (why should lefties get all the cutesy references?) carries a 5.58 ERA, but he’s coming off 7 23 excellent innings against the Indians. He’ll be facing fellow righty Trent Thornton, who has had an up-and-down season and sports a 1-4 record and 4.81 ERA.

That’s means a Sox lineup leaning to port:

Eric Sogard is back leading off for the Blue Jays after a day off yesterday:

The chance of another five-inning victory exists, since, at time of writing, there’s a 55% chance of thunderstorms at 3 p.m, but the forecast is a lot better than yesterday’s (well, better in general, given yesterday’s worked well for the home team).

First pitch will be 1:10pm. WGN has both radio and TV coverage.