On Deck: White Sox at Blue Jays
White Sox rookie DH Matt Davidson swats one of his four home runs so far this week. (DAVID BANKS/Getty Images)
CHICAGO WHITE SOX at TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Probable starting pitchers
FRIDAY 7:07 p.m.
LHP Jose Quintana (2-8, 5.30 ERA) vs. RHP Joe Biagini (1-5, 3.38 ERA)
Quintana’s season ERAs since his MLB debut in 2012: 3.76, 3.51, 3.32, 3.36, 3.20, and this year, 5.30. Yes, his run support is the lowest in the majors, but his most recent quality start was on May 19.
SATURDAY 1:07 p.m.
RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-5, 3.81 ERA) vs. RHP Marcus Stroman (7-2, 3.09 ERA)
Pelfrey threw a mop-up inning on Wednesday in Chicago’s lopsided loss to Baltimore. His longest outing of the season was six innings.
SUNDAY 1:07 p.m.
RHP James Shields (1-0, 1.62 ERA) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (1-4, 4.31 ERA)
The White Sox expect to activate Shields from the DL for this start. He has been out since April 21 because of a right lat strain. In his final rehab start on Tuesday, he allowed two runs in five innings.
TOP 3 STORYLINES
1. Stock of Sox slumping
After a win over Detroit on April 29, the White Sox were in first place in the AL Central with a 13-9 record. Since then? Road trips of 3-7 and 2-7 helped send Chicago to last place in the division, and among AL teams, only Oakland is further from a playoff spot.
2. Uno, dos, tres Garcias
The White Sox made major-league history on April 14 when all three starting outfielders shared the same surname. RF Avisail Garcia, of Venezuela, entered play Thursday leading the AL in batting average (.339), tied for third in RBIs (48) and likely will be Chicago’s representative at the all-star game. CF Leury Garcia, of the Dominican Republic, hurt his left hand on Sunday but returned to action Thursday as a defensive replacement. OF Willy Garcia, also of the Dominican Republic, is the team’s fourth outfielder. He made his MLB debut in the three-Garcia game.
3. Frazier better far away
Third baseman Todd Frazier will welcome the visit to the Rogers Centre. In 30 road games this season, he has a .280 batting average and eight home runs. In 27 games at his home park, Guaranteed Rate Field, he is hitting 11-for-92 (.120) with two homers. He went 0-for-14 in Chicago’s four-game home series against Baltimore, which ended Thursday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
RHP Jason Grilli, Blue Jays
Grilli has appeared only once, in a blowout loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday, since four Yankees took him deep in one inning on June 3. Will references to the “Fire Up The Grilli” souvenir aprons on Sunday be the only time he’s mentioned this weekend?
DH Matt Davidson, White Sox
Davidson enters the series with a home run in each of his past four games, and leads his team with 14 homers on the season. He’s 7-for-15 (.467) with eight RBIs over those past four games.
The Blue Jays bullpen, which has been busy all season, should be well-rested after two off-days this week. Two Toronto wins out of three seems about right.