One more spin through the rotation. That's all the final six days of the Major League Baseball season have in store for the White Sox.
Robin Ventura, who left the order of his pitchers a mystery over the weekend in Detroit, laid out the rotation for the season's final six games before Monday night's game against the Blue Jays. The Sox travel to Cleveland for two games Tuesday and Wednesday against the Indians before coming home for the season-closing, four-game set with the Kansas City Royals.
Jose Quintana got the start Monday night vs. Toronto. He'll be followed by Hector Santiago and Dylan Axelrod in Cleveland. Then the rotation lines up like this for those four games with the Royals: Andre Rienzo, Chris Sale, Erik Johnson and Quintana.
It was the status of Rienzo that started this whole starting-pitcher shuffle in the first place. He was scratched from Friday night's start in Detroit with a blister on his pitching hand.
"With Rienzo's blister, just give him as much time as he can get, make sure he's all right," Ventura said.
These games do boast some importance, too. The White Sox will try to get a look at some of their younger players, and opponents will try to propel themselves into October. Entering play Monday, the Indians held the second Wild Card spot in the American League, attempting to fend off several teams. One of the teams chasing Cleveland is the Royals, who were 3 1/2 games back on Monday.