Trying to avoid their fourth straight loss, the White Sox will hope tonight’s starter, Dylan Axelrod, can continue his recent success. In his previous three outings, the right-hander is 3-0 and appears to be locked in. The 27-year-old hurler was also recently awarded the fifth starter job over screwballer Hector Santiago.
The key for Axelrod tonight will be his control. The A’s lead all of MLB in walks with 231, which is 106 more base-on-balls than the White Sox have. With an average of 4.2 walks per game, Oakland will force Axelrod to throw strikes this evening in California.
Opposing Axelrod will be A’s veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon. Although he’s 40 and in his 16th year in the Majors, Colon has arguably been Oakland’s top pitcher in 2013. With a 5-2 record and a 3.82 ERA, the former White Sox starter will be no easy matchup for the slumping Chicago offense.
Although they struggled in the early part of May, the A’s have turned their fortunes around lately and head into this weekend’s series winners of eight out of their last ten games. Oakland’s hot streak, along with the South Siders’ inconsistency, could spell trouble for Chicago. However, if Axelrod is able to ride the momentum from his recent outings and put up some goose eggs, the White Sox might be able to get back on track tonight at the Coliseum.