After splitting a four-game series with the visiting Yankees, the White Sox will take on the Indians and Padres this week. CSN's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton break down the matchups in the White Sox Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.
The Indians and Padres are a combined seven games under .500, and they also happen to be the next two teams the White Sox will be squaring off against.
And while that seems like it would be good news for the South Siders, that's not necessarily the case.
The Sox have a winning record against teams with winning records but a losing record against teams with losing records. So perhaps the last-place Indians and second-to-last-place Padres might not be the perfect opponents.
"You know how the White Sox are when they play against teams that are under .500," Melton said. "They had a lot of trouble with Houston on the road, losing two out of three. They're next to last in the American League. And now you're looking at the Padres, who are next to last, maybe, in the National League, don't have a really good offense, don't really have anything. So this looks like something where you'd think the White Sox would win two out of three. We haven't done it against ballclubs like that. We've done it against .500 ballclubs like New York, going 2-2, but we really had trouble with Houston -- hopefully not with Cleveland. Cleveland has really changed this year, I don't think their pitching's as good."
Good news might come in the form of at least the first two pitchers the Sox will trot out against Cleveland. With Chris Sale's return to the rotation, the 1-2 combination of Sale and Jose Quintana is back and intact, meaning the Sox could reverse that unpleasant trend against sub-.500 teams. Quintana pitches Monday and Sale on Tuesday in the first two games of the Sox series with the Indians.
Catch the rest of the White Sox Road Ahead, presented by Honda, in the video above.