Despite owning a 2.11 ERA for the month, Chris Sale has lost all three of his outings in June.
The Chicago White Sox ace has run into some tough luck as of late — especially in his most recent start in Houston. Sale threw eight brilliant innings against the Astros, allowing zero earned runs and striking out 14. However, two unearned runs and a lack of support from Chicago’s offense handed the lefty his third straight loss.
Like their top left-handed arm, the White Sox haven’t exactly enjoyed the month of June either. The South Siders enter today with a 5-11 mark in June, with all 11 of their losses coming by three runs or less.
Both the Sox and Sale are hoping to turn their June woes around tonight against the pesky Minnesota Twins, who took game one of the three-game set last night by a score of 7-5.
In order for Sale to beat the Twins and notch his first victory of the month tonight, he doesn’t really have to change a whole lot. As long as he’s consistently ahead in the count and has his effective slider, I’d expect another quality performance from the young lefty.
To counter Sale, Minnesota will send right-hander Kevin Correia to the bump. The 32-year-old starter is 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA this season. However, with three of his five victories coming at Target Field this year, Correia has shown to be much tougher when pitching at home.
With the Sox and Twins currently sitting at the bottom of the AL Central, both teams are hoping a win tonight could start a much-needed turn around.