Some teams play well at home and struggle on the road, and that is exactly what has happened to the Chicago White Sox this season. Despite posting a 13-11 record at home, the White Sox are 11-19 away from U.S. Cellular Field, including seven straight road defeats — two against the Los Angeles Angels, two against the Chicago Cubs and three against the Oakland Athletics.
The Seattle Mariners, who Chicago visits for three games beginning on Monday, have also done well at home while being several games under .500 on the road. Thankfully they will be playing within the friendly confines of Safeco Field during the upcoming set, which according to the aforementioned facts gives them the upper hand over the White Sox.
Even though its in the middle of its longest road losing streak since 2008, Chicago will lean on starting pitcher John Danks as it attempts to put a stop to the skid. Despite the fact that the left-hander has started just two games since returning from shoulder surgery, he has dazzled against the Mariners in his career, especially at Safeco where he’s 4-0 in five starts.
First baseman Paul Konerko and second baseman Gordon Beckham, the latter of whom has been out since April 9 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, could return for the White Sox as well, which could invigorate a lineup that has been struggling to score.
And given that Seattle is coming off of a 10-0 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, the Mariners certainly know what it’s like to give up runs, which could be just what the doctor ordered for Chicago.