What to watch: Sox look to stop skid

What to watch: Sox look to stop skid
April 13, 2013, 10:30 am
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First pitch: 3:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet (coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet at 2:30 p.m. with White Sox Pregame Live)

On the mound: Chris Sale (1.84 ERA, 14 K, 3 BB, 2 HR) vs. Zach McAllister (3.00 ERA, 3 K, 0 BB, 0 HR)

Sale didn't have great stuff in his last outing Sunday, but managed to limit Seattle to three runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. The left-hander fared well against Cleveland last year, posting a 2.18 ERA in 20 2/3 innings with 18 strikeouts, 10 walks and four home runs allowed.

McAllister allowed four runs -- two earned -- in his lone start of 2013, coming April 5 against Tampa Bay. He has a 3.12 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox, striking out 16 with four walks and one home run allowed.

Today's storyline: Can Sox stop skid?

Getting off to a hot start was key for the White Sox, with six home games against Kansas City and Seattle providing a buffer to a tough 10-game road trip to begin the season. So far, that road trip hasn't gone well, with Friday's 1-0 loss to Cleveland representing the White Sox fourth loss in a row.

[MORE: Sox drop fourth in a row]

The White Sox continued a woeful trend with runners in scoring position Friday, going 0-4 in those situations against Indians starter Justin Masterson. That issue plagued the Sox against Washington, and has been one of the larger contributors to the team's 0-4 stretch.

“Problem is we’re not getting a big hit to drive a run in,” Adam Dunn told reporters after Friday's game. “It seems like it’s been like that from the get-go. I know personally I’ve been terrible. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to open some games up, but haven’t been able to do it. It’s one of those things. Tonight it was all [Masterson’s] doing, but he was very good.”

What else to watch for

Alex Rios extended his in-season hitting streak to 10 games, and dating back to 2012 his hitting streak is at 16 games. While much of the White Sox offense has struggled on the outset of the season, he's been one of the bright spots.

The last word

Since 1916, only two White Sox players have hit three home runs in a game against Cleveland -- and both games have come in the last four years. Dan Johnson did it on the final day of the 2012 season, while Paul Konerko went deep three times on July 7, 2009.

[RELATED: Konerko stands by former teammate Quentin]

A little less rare, but a little more trivial are the eight times a White Sox player has tripled twice against Cleveland. The last player to do it was Alejandro De Aza (Aug. 16, 2011), putting him in group that includes Sammy Sosa, Luke Appling (who did it twice) and Shoeless Joe Jackson.

And while we're playing around with numbers, only two White Sox players have ever stole four bases against Cleveland -- Scott Podsednik (May 1, 2006) and Don Kolloway (June 28, 1941).