The Chicago White Sox will go for their fourth win in five games when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
Chicago is coming off a 5-1 win over the Orioles in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night. Yermin Mercedes had a home run and three RBIs as Chicago improved to 17-9 athome.
White Sox left-hander Dallas Keuchel (3-1, 4.28 ERA) will try to maintain the positive momentum when he makes his 11th start of the season. He is looking for his 10th victory since joining Chicago in 2020.
Keuchel is coming off a four-inning effort against the New York Yankees on Sunday, which matched his shortest outing of the season. He gave up three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while fanning four and came away with a no-decision.
In eight career starts against Baltimore, Keuchel is 3-2 with a 2.81 ERA. This will be his first start against Baltimore since 2018.
Keuchel has 93 career victories. He has 17 walks and 28 strikeouts while giving up 53 hits in 54 2/3 innings this season.
The White Sox believe he can perform even better as the season goes along.
“He’s really smart, he’s got great experience, his baseball pitching IQ is very high,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “So you put that together with (pitching coach Ethan Katz and bullpen coach Curt Hasler), they’re working. I have little doubt that you’re going to see an improvement.”
Baltimore will counter with right-hander Matt Harvey (3-5, 6.31 ERA). The veteran right-hander is looking to bounce back from a rocky outing in which he allowed six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings Sunday against the Washington Nationals.
Harvey, 32, has lost his past four starts. He has given up 18 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings during that time, which has included an 11.05 ERA and an opponents’ batting average of .394.
In four career appearances (three starts) against the White Sox, Harvey is 1-1 with a 0.47 ERA. He has given up one run on nine hits in 19 innings while walking one and striking out 20.
The Orioles have lost 10 games in a row and have the worst record in MLB, but they are trying to maintain a positive mindset.
“It’s a rebuild, but things will turn around soon and we are working hard every day,” Orioles reliever Paul Fry said. “… I think we are going to hit a turning point soon. This is a tough stretch for us. There are no off days. It’s a long road trip. It’s just one of those things. You have to battle through it. We are going to come out stronger at this point.”
The White Sox are hopeful that shortstop Tim Anderson will be back in the lineup after missing a pair of games. Anderson has a sore thumb among other nagging pains, La Russa said.
Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini left the game Thursday night in the bottom of the first inning. In his at-bat in the first, he was hit in the right elbow by a pitch from White Sox starter Dylan Cease. X-rays were negative, and manager Brandon Hyde said after the game that his availability for Friday was to be determined.
“We are going to see how he feels [on Friday],” Hyde said. “I’m sure it’s going to be sore. It got him on a tender spot by the elbow.”
Mancini has 42 RBIs on the season, which ranks second in the MLB. Boston’s Rafael Devers leads with 43.
–Field Level Media