By Charlie Roumeliotis
The White Sox are looking to avoid a sweep tonight in New York, and they'll send 23-year-old Erik Johnson to the mound for the first time in his Major League career. The Sox have lost four straight and, at the very least, they'll need to avoid another "most embarrassing inning I have ever called" moment on the great Ken "Hawk" Harrelson's 72nd birthday.
Johnson pitched at both Birmingham and Charlotte, combining to go 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA in 24 starts. He has already thrown 142 innings and has a sparkling 0.986 WHIP.
While his opposition will throw out former Cy Young award winner CC Sabathia, Johnson will have the chance to take advantage of Sabathia's recent struggles. The left-hander is 4-5 since the start of July and has a career worst 4.91 ERA through 28 starts this season. He has faced the White Sox once this year, taking a no-decision in the Yankees' 6-5 win on Aug. 7. Sabathia threw seven innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs.
Is this the start of a new era for the White Sox? Can Johnson prove that his impressive 2013 campaign is something he can build on? It all begins tonight on Comcast SportsNet. Also, make sure to check out White Sox Postgame Live immediately following the game.