The Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies are set to begin a three-game interleague series Tuesday night at Coors Field
Chicago White Sox at Colorado Rockies
Chicago has been struggling mightily in scoring situations of late and enters this series off a 2-1 loss to Washington Sunday due to one swing of the bat. “Obviously, when you get beat on one swing, you’re going to wish you’d done something different,” said White Sox starting pitcher Phil Humber. “Either a different pitch or a different location.” The White Sox went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position in their last contest and have hit .168 over the last 14 games. The club hasn’t been .500 since April 16 and saw its 17-series interleague winning streak snapped by dropping two of three versus the Nationals. Despite it’s struggles in the last series, Chicago still sports the second-best all-time interleague record (150-109), while going 69-59 on the road in those contests.
White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd is 6-7 with a 4.31 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts) this season and is looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Over those two outings, he has allowed 10 runs and 16 hits over 13 innings, while the offense has provided him with just four runs of support. The right-hander will be taking the mound on the road for the 10th time (ninth start), producing an even 4-4 mark and 3.70 ERA. In two career outings versus the Rockies, Floyd is 0-1 with a 9.31 ERA.
Colorado dropped a season high-tying six games behind in the National League West division after falling 7-3 to the Cubs Monday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The Rockies have been scuffling at the plate, hitting .214 over the last five games. All six of the club’s hits came from the first four hitters yesterday, which was the exact opposite in Sunday’s game that saw all seven hits come from the six through nine spots. “There’s a balance there somewhere and obviously at some point, we’re going to reach that,” said Rockies manager Jim Tracy. Colorado is 5-4 during interleague action this season and 25-14 over the last three years.
Rockies starting pitcher Jason Hammel has won once in his last 10 starts and has posted a 7.30 ERA in his past two outings. Colorado’s offense has had trouble supporting the right-hander this season, scoring three-runs-or-less in 10 of his outings. The former AL pitcher is 5-2 with a 4.17 ERA in eight interleague starts as a member of the club. In five previous appearances (one starts) against the White Sox, Hammel is 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA.
Bettors will be interested in backing the White Sox due to their 10-1 record in interleague road games versus a right-handed starter, while the Rockies are 1-4 in Hammel’s last five home outings