Chicago White Sox 6/10-6/12 Series

After taking the series against the Dodgers and giving the Giants a very satisfying five game lead in the NL West, it's time to root against the White Sox. The Giants are starting a long road trip in continuing interleague play, and in hopes to continue their great road record.

OVERALL PREDICTION: GIANTS
The Giants are one of the fortunate teams who don't need to worry much once they hit the road, and that will be an important factor as the Giants play twleve straight until coming back home. After hosting twelve games themselves at Pac Bell, the Giants pack their bags and head for Chicago in their first series of away interleague play, even though their last three games are at the Bay Area neighbors, Oakland. The White Sox are smack dab in the middle of the AL Central Division, which shouldn't pose too much of a threat for the first place NL West Giants, but standings aren't everything, so the Sox may come up with one win out of the three games. Unlike the previous Minnesota and Detroit series, the Giants have a little more history with the Sox, even though it's still little.

Giants rookie, Kurt Ainsworth is still on the DL so Jerome Williams try to get his first major league win by continuing to pitch in Ainsworth's spot. He is going up against the struggling Jon Garland. On the second day, Jesse Foppert takes the mound against Mark Buehrle, who has been pitching decently well for the White Sox. On the last day, Mr. Dependable, Kirk Woody Rueter goes against the best for the Sox, Bartolo Colon. Woody has won his last five games and pitches phenomenally on the road.

SERIES QUESTIONABLES:
Chicago:

  • Sandy Alomar, Jr.: Obilque (15 day DL)
    San Francisco:
  • Kurt Ainsworth: Upper Back (15 day DL)

    First Base:
    J.T. Snow (.272)

  • .214 against White Sox pitchers
  • never faced Garland
  • never faced Buehrle
  • vs. Colon (1-1)

    Andres Galarraga (.365)

  • .174 against White Sox pitchers
  • vs. Garland (1-3): one strikeout
  • vs. Buehrle (0-3)
  • vs. Colon (0-3): two strikeouts

    Brian Daubach (.211)

  • .500 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert
  • never faced Rueter

    Paul Konerko (.194)

  • .286 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert
  • never faced Rueter

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Again, bow down to J.T. Snow and his six Gold Gloves.

    Offense: Giants
    Both Snow and Galarraga have been seeing the ball well and they both have been very consistent at the plate for the Giants. Daubach has been decent for the Sox, but Konerko has been slumping. Neither Daubach now Konerko has faced any Giants starting pitchers for this series, but Snow and Galarraga hasn't faced the Sox pitchers much either.

    Second Base
    Ray Durham (.325)

  • .284 against White Sox pitchers
  • vs. Garland (0-1)
  • vs. Buehrle (1-3)
  • vs. Colon (15-44): three 2B, one RBI, seven strikeouts

    Neifi Perez (.294)

  • .262 against White Sox pitchers
  • vs. Garland (3-13): one RBI
  • vs. Buehrle (4-16): one 2B, one strikeout
  • vs. Colon (1-7): two strikeouts

    D'Angelo Jimenez (.284)

  • .275 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert
  • vs. Rueter (4-13): two 2B, three RBIs, two strikeouts

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Defense: Giants
    Both Durham and Perez have been solid at second base with a great defensive team backing them up.

    Offense: Tied
    This can easily go to Jimenez because he's been doing an outstanding job in the batters' box, but I can't ignore Durham's hot hitting since his return from injury that seemed to be so long ago. Durham and Perez are also the only Giants who have faced the starting pitchers more times than the other Giants.

    Shortstop:
    Rich Aurilia (.263)

  • .250 against White Sox pitchers
  • never faced Garland
  • never faced Buehrle
  • never faced Colon

    Jose Valentin (.233)

  • .175 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert
  • vs. Rueter (1-8): one strikeout

    Tony Graffanino (.263)

  • .167 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert
  • vs. Rueter (2-10): one homerun, two RBIs, one strikeout

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Gold Glove or not, errors or none, Aurilia still has the higher hand in fielding.

    Offense: Giants
    This category should have been tied, but looking at Valentin and Graffanino's batting averages against Giants pitchers, I changed my mind... Granted they've never faced Williams or Foppert. The Sox get a little more even because of Graffanino's homerun against Woody, but that doesn't really say much as he also struck out once against him. Aurilia has been on and off at the plate, but he is still able to deliver when he needs to, and the team depends on him to do well as he hits behind Barry Bonds.

    Third Base:
    Edgardo Alfonzo (.221)

  • .261 against White Sox pitchers
  • never faced Garland
  • never faced Buehrle
  • vs. Colon (3-11): one 2B, one RBI, one strikeout

    Pedro Feliz (.232)

  • .200 against White Sox pitchers
  • never faced Garland
  • never faced Buehrle
  • vs. Colon (0-3): one strikeout

    Joe Crede (.218)

  • .500 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert
  • never faced Rueter

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Defense: Giants
    Alfonzo has been solid at third base with a lack of errors and a great defensive team to back him up.

    Offense: Tied
    Crede has never faced any of the starting pitchers, and Alfonzo and Feliz has not been too successful against Colon. Still, it is tied because Alfonzo has been showing signs of hitting the ball again (he'll come around, you just watch) and Feliz has proved to be a reliable third baseman, even if he is inconsistent at the plate at times.

    Catchers:
    Benito Santiago (.299)

  • .385 against White Sox pitchers
  • never faced Garland
  • never faced Buehrle
  • vs. Colon (1-5): one 2B

    Yorvit Torrealba (.305)

  • .000 against White Sox pitchers
  • never faced Garland
  • never faced Buehrle
  • never faced Colon

    Josh Paul (.600)

  • .000 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert
  • never faced Rueter

    Miguel Olivo (.254)

  • never faced any Giants pitcher

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Defense: Giants
    Santiago has shown time and time again that he is able to throw base stealers out from his knees, and with rookies Williams and Foppert pitching in the first two games, Santiago's presence will be needed. Torrealba may play with Woody.

    Offense: Tied
    Santiago has been struggling and has immensely cooled off since his hot streak, but neither Paul or Olivo has faced any of the starting pitchers for the Giants, so this remains to be a tie.

    Left Field
    Barry Bonds (.311)

  • .273 against White Sox pitchers (3-11)
  • never faced Garland
  • never faced Buehrle
  • never faced Colon

    Carlos Lee (.258)

  • .143 against Giants pitchers (2-14)

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    There are eight shiny reasons to give this to the Giants. But those aren't the main reasons. Bonds hasn't made a single error, while Lee has already managed three. That is what gives the Giants a slight advantage with the glove. Lee may have a slightly better range, but Bonds makes up for that with his past excellence, and his current errorless season.

    Offense: Giants
    Neither of these players has really faced the opposing team's starters at all. Bonds has an advantage, of course. He walks more, hits more home runs, and has a much higher batting average. That being said, the Giants have the edge here.

    Center Field
    Marquis Grissom (.317)

  • .292 against White Sox pitchers (7-24)
  • 0-2 vs. Garland, one strikeout
  • 0-1 vs. Buhrele · 4-9 vs. Colon (one 2B, two RBI)
  • 11-game hitting streak

    Joe Borchard (.184)

  • Never faced Giants pitchers

    Armando Rios (.227)

  • .111 against Giants pitchers (2-18)
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert
  • never faced Rueter

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Tied
    Grissom has played more games than the White Sox centerfielders, which makes his fielding stats for realistic, and he definetely has decent range. But he still has four errrors, while the White Sox centerfielders have none.

    Offense: Giants
    The Tigers really don't have much here. This is really a weak position offensively for the team, especially in terms of contact hitting. They haven't really had one consistent starter like the GIants have had with Grissom. This pick is a no-brainer. Former Giant Armando Rios hasn't hit Giants pitchers well.

    Right Field Jose Cruz Jr. (.263)

  • .158 against White Sox pitchers (6-38)
  • 1-5 vs. Garland
  • 0-2 vs. Buhrele
  • 5-22 vs. Colon, (three doubles, one RBI)
  • Has scored in three straight games

    Magglio Ordonez (.270)

  • .286 against Giants pitchers (4-14)
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert
  • never faced Rueter

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Defense: Giants
    Cruz has the perfect defense going for him, giving him the edge. He also has thrown out more runners with assists than Ordonez has, a good sign for any team's defense. More runners thrown out from the outfield means less runs scored for the opposing team.

    Offense: White Sox
    Ordonez has been slumping a litte bit so far in the month of June, but the facts that he can hit Giants pitching and that Cruz can't hit the White Sox pitchers give him the edge. He also has done well in his past two games, and had solid months in April and May. Cruz is imprvoing now, and will be doing better than he has in the past month and a half.

    Designated Hitters:
    Andres Galarraga (.365)

  • .174 against White Sox pitchers (4-23)
  • 1-3 vs. Garland · 0-3 vs. Buhrele
  • 0-3 vs. Colon

    Frank Thomas (.288)

  • .353 against Giants pitchers (6-17)
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert
  • never faced Rueter

    PREDICTION: White Sox
    Offense: White Sox
    Thomas starts pretty much every day. Galarraga doesn't get much of a chance to play. And Thomas has had more success against Giants pitchers than Galarraga has had against White Sox pitchers. Thomas also has hit 13 home runs in 198 at bats.

    Pitchers:
    Starters
    Jerome Williams (0-1, 6.75)

  • Never faced White Sox
  • Lowered ERA from 11.25 to 6.75 after pitching a solid second start and getting No Decision

    Jesse Foppert (3-5, 4.58)

  • Never faced White Sox
  • Lost last start to Twins

    Kirk Rueter (7-1, 3.42)

  • White Sox batting.226 (7-31) against him
  • Hasn't lost a game since April 29

  • Giants batting .190 (4-21) against him
  • Gave up seven runs in most recent start

    Mark Buhrele (2-9, 4.60)

  • Giants batting.190 (4-21) against him
  • No wins since Apr 10. Was 2-1 then, now is 2-9.

    Bartolo Colon (6-5, 3.68)

  • Giants batting.288 (30-104) against him
  • Complete game victory vs Dodgers on Jun 7. (Good job defeating the evil ones!)

    PREDICTION: Giants
    Starters: Giants
    The Giants have a strong advantage in terms of starters. While two of the Giants starters are inexperienced rookies, the Giants still have the upper hand with Rueter. Williams has been improving, and even after his most recent loss, Foppert he's doing much better than he did during his first start. Buhrele seems to be losing up a storm, while at the same time Rueter can't stop being victorious! Giants win this round.

    Relievers: White Sox
    The White Sox relievers are strikeout masters. Damaso Marte currently has a 1.11 ERA. Rick White isn't very good, but he isn't used too often. The Giants relief staff has been hurt by the injury of Rob Nen. Worrell should be an excellent setup man with Nen as the closer. Yet now the Giants don't have the great setup man, and only a great closer.

    Closer: Giants
    The Giants win quite well in this contest. The White Sox have many more blown saves, and have used two closers. Worrell is a much better closer than either Marte or Koch, especially since Marte, despite his low ERA, has had four blown saves, and Worrell has had just 2.



    Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is one of the Two Giant Prophets for SFDugout.com. Sara can be reached at shoot_hoops33@hotmail.com

    Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com


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