The White Sox kick off the season's unofficial second half Friday night as they host the Atlanta Braves. Coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet at 7 p.m.
With the All-Star break coming later this season than in years' past, a bid to the postseason looks bleak for the White Sox, even if they turn in a second-half surge for the ages.
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Robin Ventura's squad is just 37-55 and 14 games behind AL Central-leading Detroit entering play Friday.
If the season ended today, the Sox would get the No. 3 pick in next summer's draft, and a big reason for that is their lack of success away from U.S. Cellular Field.
The South Siders have played more road games than any other MLB team and lead the league with 34 road losses.
The good news is the White Sox will open the second half with an extended homestand, netting 10 straight games at The Cell, beginning with the Braves tonight.
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John Danks takes the hill for his 11th start of the season, looking to improve on his 2-6 record. Despite solid peripheral numbers (1.13 WHIP, 1.1 BB/9), the veteran southpaw has a losing record thanks to a lack of run support. The White Sox offense has scored just 31 runs in Danks' 10 starts.