Game 39: White Sox-Angels …

White Sox (17-21)

Alejandro De Aza, CF
Gordon Beckham, 2B
Adam Dunn, 1B
Paul Konerko, DH
Alex Rios, RF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Dayan Viciedo, LF
Brent Morel, 3B

Pitching: RH Chris Sale (3-2, 3.08 ERA)

Angels (17-21)

Mike Trout, RF
Maicer Izturis, SS
Albert Pujols, 1B
Mark Trumbo, DH
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Vernon Wells, LF
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Peter Bourjos, CF
John Hester, C

Pitching: LH C.J. Wilson (4-3, 3.42 ERA)

Some pregame notes …

  • Pujols has driven in 12 runs in his last 10 games, after driving in just five runs in his previous 27.
  • Last night was the first time manager Mike Scioscia trotted out the same lineup on consecutive days all season.
  • Callaspo has six multi-hit games in his last 10. Scioscia, on the platoon (of sorts) between Callaspo and Izturis, which has been working for him a lot better: “It’s primarily on-base percentage what we’re looking for. In that 2-hole, when you look statistically, Howie’s been really comfortable hitting in an RBI situation, whether it’s fifth or sixth, and in the 2-hole, he’s maybe not as comfortable, statistically. … I think the options we have for on-base percentage, with Mike Trout leading off, for the 2-hole, the best options we have is Izturis and Callaspo. … It hasn’t shown up yet, but I think if you look at what the top of the lineups have done, we are creating more situations.”
  • The Angels are 16-4 when scoring four runs or more and 1-17 when scoring three or fewer.
  • The Angels have gone five straight games (51 straight innings) without an error.

Some Angels links from Wednesday …

Some AL West links …

And the Heat’s supporting cast will have to step up today.

Alden

1 Comment

It’s primarily on-base percentage what we’re looking for.

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