Frazier and Abreu Both Looking to Reach 100-RBI Mark in Last Series of Season
Friday, September 30, 2016
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of the three-game set, the final series of the season. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (8-10, 4.08), making his last start of the year for the Sox, vs. RHP Tyler Duffey (9-11, 6.18) for Minnesota.
Rodon was brilliant in his last start in Cleveland on Sunday. The Sox’ young left-hander pitched eight innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts in winning his eighth game of the year. Carlos is 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 60.2 innings in his last 10 starts (eight quality).
Keep Your Eye on…
Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu each enter the weekend looking for their 100th run batted in. Both are at 98. Todd’s home run total stands at 40 while Jose has hit 25.
Last Night Highlights
Jose Quintana delivered another quality start and Carlos Sanchez belted a two-run homer in the White Sox’ 5-3 loss to the Rays in the finale of the four-game home series. The Sox won the first three and had won five in a row.
Quintana allowed just two runs and five hits in six innings in his last outing of the season. Q was 3-1 with a .214 ERA in his last six home games. His 13 wins, 3.20 ERA, 208 innings, 181 strikeouts, 1.16 WHIP and .246 opponents average are all career highs. Here’s Robin talking about his All-Star lefty.
Sanchez’s shot (click on link below) was his fourth homer of the season. He is batting .313 with six doubles, one triple, four home runs,17 RBI, one walk and 10 runs scored in 18 September games.
Tim Anderson added a single and his fifth triple of the season. Adam Eaton and Justin Morneau each collected a pair of singles. Melky Cabrera delivered his 83rd RBI.
Tomorrow (6:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (6-18, 5.82) for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago (12-10, 4.87) for Minny.
Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (17-9, 3.21) for the Sox, RHP Jose Berrios (2-7, 8.61) for the Twins.
Quote of the Day
The Sox skipper on the decision to have Sale pitch in the season finale on Sunday:
“He’s not doing it for numbers or anything–he wants to throw. That’s part of his commitment to being a teammate.’
Photo of the Day
Here’s the 40-home-run man making an appearance on the MLB Network’s Intentional Talk show last night.