With the Los Angeles Angels (17-21) sending left-handed pitcher SP C.J. Wilson to the mound on Thursday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox (17-21) have flipped C A.J. Pierzynski and RF Alex Rios. The Sox catcher is have a great year with the bat so far, but has historically struggled against left-handers.
Meanwhile, Rios is still looking for a rebound from his rough 2011 season. The 31-year-old outfielder has only one home run on the season, hitting just .267/.322/.370, but he has typically fared a better against left-handers than Pierzynski.
Here is a look at the full lineups for both teams:
Sox@Angels, 12:35, CSN, 670: De Aza CF, Beckham 2B,Dunn 1B, Konerko DH, Rios RF, Pierzynski C, Ramirez SS, Viciedo LF, Morel 3B. Sale P— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) May 17, 2012
Angels lineup: Trout 9, Izturis 6, Pujols 3, Trumbo dh, Kendrick 4, Wells 7, Callaspo 5, Bourjos 8, Hester 2. Wilson 1.— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) May 17, 2012