After a subpar start to the 2013 season, the Chicago White Sox have finally begun to play like the team from last year that won 85 games. The White Sox are 7-3 in their last 10 games and will go for their first sweep of the season this afternoon against the Miami Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field.
Not only would a win from the South Siders today complete a sweep of the Marlins, it would also move Chicago to the .500 mark for the first time since April 10.
The main reason for the Sox success lately has been their stellar starting pitching. With a 3.39 ERA, the Pale Hose starting rotation leads the American League in pitching.
One of the key members of Chicago’s starting staff, Dylan Axelrod, will get the nod in today’s ballgame. Axelrod is 2-3 this year with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP, but his numbers don’t tell the true story. The 27-year-old right-hander has consistently given the Sox a chance to win each time he takes the mound. Despite his unimpressive statistics, Axelrod has been a reliable arm for the Sox in 2013.
Opposite of Axelrod this afternoon will be Marlins’ righty Alex Sanabia. Just 24-years-old, Sanabia is 3-6 with a 4.56 ERA this season. Although he’s been roughed up so far in 2013, Sanabia is coming off one of his better outings of the year where he allowed just one run in 6.1 innings pitched.
With the opportunity to pick up their first sweep of the year and be .500 once again, Chicago should have some added motivation against the Marlins today. Expect Axelrod to shut down Miami’s lackluster offense and the Sox to roll in this one.