As the dog days of August have arrived, the Chicago White Sox might actually be favoring hotel beds and restaurant meals over all the comforts of home.
A just-completed six-game homestand saw the White Sox's pitching staff implode twice by giving up 16 runs in single games to both the Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers. The White Sox won just twice in the six games, managing one victory despite giving up eight runs and another that was called after seven innings because of rain.
The way manager Robin Ventura see it, with how the White Sox performed at home, their level of play can only get better.
"Either way we're going to play better whether it's (home) or on the road," Ventura said after Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to the Rangers. "Put this behind you and start focusing on playing better baseball. You get that hit to fall in, but we need to be able to play a little bit better."
The White Sox are six games under .500 on the road this season at 26-32, but away games have been better of late. The White Sox won two of three games at Detroit in their last road series, having success despite the distraction of the pending trade deadline.
In fact, the White Sox went 5-2 on their seven game tour through Minnesota and Detroit.
The West Coast hasn't always been kind to the White Sox, of course. They were 5-1 at Seattle in 2011 and 3-0 there in 2012, but went 1-2 there last year and are 27-32 all-time at Safeco Field. This season, the White Sox are 3-6 in games west of the Rocky Mountains.
HEAD TO HEAD
The White Sox's Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo, both natives of Cuba, each have a home run against Mariners starter Roenis Elias, who also hails from Cuba. ... The nine White Sox hitters who have faced Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma are a combined 6-for-54 (.111) against him with 11 strikeouts. ... Mariners starter James Paxton has never faced the White Sox and has made just seven career major league starts. ... White Sox starter Scott Carroll will make his first appearance against the Mariners. ... The Mariners' Kyle Seager has just one hit against White Sox starter Jose Quintana in seven at-bats, but the hit is a home run. ... Hector Noesi faced his former team, the Mariners, on July 6, going 6 2/3 scoreless innings in an eventual 1-0 White Sox victory. ... New Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson is 18-for-45 (.400) in his career against White Sox starter John Danks, with three home runs and seven RBIs.
The White Sox have scored just one run over their last 18 innings, a home run from Viciedo in the seventh inning Wednesday. ... Adam Eaton's availability is questionable Thursday after he crashed into the right-center field fence at full speed Wednesday and had to leave the game. ... White Sox pitchers have allowed 11 home runs over the past four games. ... While the White Sox's bullpen has been struggling, right-hander Jake Petricka has delivered a 1.08 ERA over his last nine appearances. ... The White Sox's Alexei Ramirez is on a nine-game hitting streak, hitting .395 (15-for-38) over that stretch. ... Alejandro De Aza has delivered at least two hits in five of his last six games and is 10-for-20 (.500) over that period. ... The wild-card contending Mariners are just 28-31 at home this season. ... While the White Sox's bullpen is 13th in the American League with a 4.44 ERA, Mariners relievers lead the AL with a 2.36 mark.
Thursday: White Sox RH Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.36 ERA) vs. Mariners LH Roenis Elias (8-9, 4.19), 9:10 p.m. CST
Friday: White Sox LH Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.04) vs. Mariners RH Hisashi Iwakuma (9-6, 2.94), 9:10 p.m. CST
Saturday: White Sox RH Hector Noesi (6-8, 4.97) vs. Mariners LH James Paxton (2-0, 2.76), 8:10 p.m. CST
Sunday: White Sox LH John Danks (9-7, 4.93) vs. TBA, 3:10 p.m. CST