What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action

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Don’t look now, but the White Sox are in first place. At 14-6, they’re a game and a half ahead of the defending world champion Royals. The White Sox were commonly found in last place in prognosticators’ preseason predictions after finishing no higher than fourth place in the AL Central in each of the previous three seasons. The White Sox aren’t hitting much, as their 3.4 runs per game average is third-worst in the American League, but their pitching has been lights out, allowing only 2.6 runs per game on average, the best mark in the league by a wide margin.

Mat Latos has been unhittable in four starts, owning a microscopic 0.74 ERA despite a mediocre 13/7 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings. Jose Quintana has a 1.82 ERA with a 22/5 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. And tonight’s starter, ace Chris Sale, has won all four of his starts with a 1.80 ERA and a 26/3 K/BB ratio in 30 innings.

Sale will oppose the Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey at the Rogers Centre, starting at 7:05 PM EST on Tuesday night. Dickey has struggled to a 6.10 ERA thus far.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Philadelphia Phillies (Vince Velasquez) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 7:05 PM EST

Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Jake Odorizzi), 7:10 PM EST

Boston Red Sox (David Price) @ Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler), 7:10 PM EST

Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Finnegan) @ New York Mets (Bartolo Colon), 7:10 PM EST

Oakland Athletics (Rich Hill) @ Detroit Tigers (Mike Pelfrey), 7:10 PM EST

Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @ Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks), 8:05 PM EST

New York Yankees (Luis Severino) @ Texas Rangers (A.J. Griffin), 8:05 PM EST

Cleveland Indians (Cody Anderson) @ Minnesota Twins (Ricky Nolasco), 8:10 PM EST

Pittsburgh Pirates (Gerrit Cole) @ Colorado Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa), 8:40 PM EST

St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Shelby Miller), 9:40 PM EST

Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez) @ Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver), 10:05 PM EST

Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Seattle Mariners (Nathan Karns), 10:10 PM EST

Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw), 10:10 PM EST

San Diego Padres (James Shields) @ San Francisco Giants (Johnny Cueto), 10:15 PM EST