Series Preview: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

By Adam Sager

This weekend two of the better American League teams will do battle when the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels match up on the South Side of Chicago at US Celluar.  This will be the White Sox first chance to see MVP candidate Mike Trout.  These two teams split an early season two game series.  This opens up a nine game home stand for the Sox.  The White Sox were lucky to miss the Angels ace Jered Weaver.

The pitching matchups will start Friday night when the Angels newest member, Zach Greinke (0-1 2.57) will make his second start for LA.  Phil Humber (5-5 5.90) gets the nod for the White Sox.  The White Sox will depend on their familiarity with Greinke to hopefully get to him early and get into the bullpen.  Humber needs to get his breaking ball going early and limit the explosive Angel offense with Trout, Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols.

Saturday night features Ervin Santana (5-10 5.97) for the Angels and Gavin Floyd (8-9 4.28).  Santana has really struggled and is in danger of losing his rotation spot if he doesn’t turn it around.  Floyd has started to throw the ball better and his ERA is starting to drop.  The Sox are going to really be depending on Floyd and newcomer Francisco Liriano as starter John Danks is out for the season as he will have surgery early next week.

Sunday’s finale will be a matchup of Dan Haren (8-8 4.58) and the newest member of the White Sox, Francisco Liriano (0-0 3.00).  This will be a tough test for Liriano facing a strong right handed lineup like the Angels have.

The White Sox need a big series against a tough LA team.  Hopefully the Sox offense can build off a successful last few games.

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