The White Sox try to rebound from four straight losses and a sweep at the hands of the Royals this week when they take on the San Francisco Giants and the Minnesota Twins. CSN's Jen Lada and Bill Melton break down the upcoming matchups in the White Sox Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.
The White Sox have dropped four straight, typically not the best time to be taking on baseball's best team.
But that's exactly what will happen this week, as the Sox host the Giants (43-27) in a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Now, the Giants haven't been playing their best baseball of late, dropping six of their last seven, but that doesn't change their perfect record against American League opponents this season. In six games against the Indians and Twins, the Giants have won all six.
But the Sox will be sending two of their best arms to the hill. John Danks takes on Matt Cain on Tuesday, and it's Chris Sale against Tim Hudson on Wednesday. The pitching matchups are top notch, but can the Sox keep the NL West-leading Giants at bay? Pitching hasn't been the Sox strong suit of late.
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"Well not only the pitching has let them down, but their hitting has really let them down, which puts a lot of pressure on the pitching staff because when you go out there and take the mound and you know there's not a lot of room for error you're trying a bit too hard, and then you're missing the plate and getting behind the hitters," said CSN White Sox analyst Bill Melton. "If the White Sox pitching staff just gets ahead of these San Francisco hitters, I think they'll be fine."
After the two with the Giants, the Sox start an 11-game road trip with a four-game weekend set in Minnesota. The Twins — along with the Indians, Tigers and Royals — are neck-and-neck with the Sox in a bunched-up AL Central, giving these games a little more weight, even in June.
"I think losing the three games to the Kansas City Royals, because they're in your division, was a bad thing to do because you got knocked back three games," Melton said. "It works the same way with the Minnesota Twins. They are in front of the White Sox. I'm not concerned too much with the two games with the Giants, I'm worried more about the games in Minnesota and not hitting there because you don't want to get swept again, you don't want to lose three out of four to the Twins. Bottom line is when you play people in the Central, you lose a whole game (if you lose)."
Catch the entire discussion in the video above.