The Chicago White Sox are 2-4 in their last six games, all of which came against division foes in the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. If the White Sox are going to compete for a playoff spot this season, they'll need to beat up on competition in their own division, which is widely considered the weakest in the American League. They'll get a chance to reverse that trend starting on Monday, when they'll kick off the week with the first two games of a four game series vs. the Indians.
The two teams will be playing a doubleheader today, and Philip Humber will be on the mound for the White Sox as they look to get back in the win column. Humber followed his perfect game on April 21 by getting shelled in his next start by the Boston Red Sox, but he recovered nicely in his last start, when he gave up three earned runs in six innings vs. this Indians team. In that game, Humber struck out six batters and only gave up four hits, but he also walked six, and he'll need to rediscover his control if the White Sox are going to take game one.
Chicago will be facing Cleveland starter Zach McAllister, who was recalled from the minors today specifically to make this start. McAllister hasn't been up in the majors yet this season, but he made the first four starts of his career last September, posting an ERA over six. He did face the White Sox in one of those starts, giving up six hits and two earned runs over 5.1 innings, so Chicago will have a bit of familiarity with the youngster.
Game date/time: Monday, May 6, 12:05 p.m.
Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
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