CHICAGO -- The National League West has not been too kind to the Chicago White Sox this season and now they have six consecutive games awaiting against the menacing division.
The White Sox are set to play host to the San Diego Padres for three home games this weekend, before they head out for a one-week residency in Southern California when they open with three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. After the Dodgers series, they return to play in the American League with a series against the Los Angeles Angels.
Another issue with series against NL West teams is that those are the times when injuries have materialized. Avisail Garcia was lost for the season in early April when he tried to make a diving catch at Colorado.
When the Diamondbacks were in town earlier this month, not only was Adam Eaton not available because of a hamstring issue, but Jose Abreu's ankle injury became more pronounced. A week later Abreu went on the disabled list, although he is expected to be available for the Dodgers series, which starts Monday.
The White Sox are 4-2 all-time against the Padres, going 2-1 at home in 2003 and 2-1 at San Diego in 2005.
HEAD TO HEAD
Adam Dunn has two home runs in five at-bats against Padres starter Ian Kennedy. … Eaton is 1-for-9 (.111) against Padres starter Tyson Ross. … Eaton has just six career home runs, but one came against Padres starter Eric Stults. … Padres players total just nine at-bats against White Sox starters John Danks, Andre Rienzo and Jose Quintana. They are a combined 1-for-9 (.111).
At 28-27, the White Sox are over .500 for the first time since May 9, when they were 19-18. ... The White Sox have 17 come-from-behind victories this season and have produced a game-ending hit six times over the first two months of the year. ... White Sox starters have a 2.14 ERA and a .187 opponents' batting average over the last nine games. ... Conor Gillaspie has a hit in 20 of his past 22 games and is batting .373 (31-for-83) over that stretch. ... Dunn has reached base safely in 10 consecutive games. ... The Padres' Kennedy is sixth in the National League with 72 strikeouts. ... Former White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin is recovered from a recent groin injury, but is only expected to be in the lineup as the designated hitter this weekend.
Friday: White Sox LH John Danks (3-4, 4.90 ERA) vs. Padres RH Ian Kennedy (3-6, 3.59), 7:10 p.m. CST
Saturday: White Sox RH Andre Rienzo (4-1, 3.95) vs. Padres RH Tyson Ross (5-4, 2.97), 1:10 p.m. CST
Sunday: White Sox LH Chris Sale (4-0, 1.73) vs. Padres LH Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92), 1:10 p.m. CST