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