Series preview: White Sox vs. Angels

Series preview: White Sox vs. Angels

Friday, April 15, 2011Posted: 2 PM

White Sox (7-5) vs. Angels (7-5)

Series schedule

Friday, 7:10 p.m. on CSN
Saturday, 3:10 p.m. on FOX
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. on CSN
Starting pitchers

Friday: Philip Humber (1-0, 3.37) vs. Jered Weaver (3-0, 0.87)
Saturday: Gavin Floyd (1-0, 2.40) vs. Tyler Chatwood (0-1, 7.20)
Sunday: Mark Buehrle (1-0, 4.26) vs. Dan Haren (3-0, 0.73)

Previous games

The White Sox lost the rubber game of their series with the A's on Wednesday. Chicago's bullpen allowed three runs in the ninth and three more in the 10th in the 7-4 defeat. John Danks' eight-inning, one-run effort was wasted, as were Juan Pierre's three hits.

The Angels took two of three vs. Cleveland this week, including a 4-3 victory on Wednesday in the series finale. Torii Hunter drove in a pair of runs for Anaheim, while Jeff Mathis had the winning sacrifice fly in the 12th.

Head-to-head

The White Sox went 7-2 against the Angels last season, winning the final seven games of the season series. This is the teams' first meeting in 2011.

Who's hot?
Pierre has had three separate three-hit games in the last week. Alex Rios has scored at least one run in seven of the last eight games. Paul Konerko has hit safely in 11 of 12 games this season.

Storylines
Ozzie Guillen has made his displeasure with the White Sox's bullpen very clear. The team desperately needs a reliever to step up - more than one guy, actually. The White Sox have led in all 12 games this season but have won just seven of those games. Coming off a strong outing vs. Tampa Bay, Humber will try to cement his place in the rotation with another good performance.

Sound off
On a scale of 1-10, how panicked are you about the White Sox bullpen?

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.