Resurgent former Cy Young Award winners square off in the opener of a three-game series, as Chicago’s Jake Peavy and Oakland Athletics‘s Bartolo Colon look to continue their returns to dominant form. The White Sox are coming off a three-game sweep at Seattle in which they got outstanding pitching, including a perfect game from Philip Humber. Chicago is a half-game behind American League Central leader Detroit.
Chicago White Sox has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of 15 games and boasts the third-best ERA in the American League at 3.16. That doesn’t bode well for the A’s, who have the worst offense in the American League. They rank last in the AL in runs (3.7 per game) and batting average (.210).
White Sox Athletics Betting
When: 10:05 PM ET, Monday, April 23, 2012
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, CSN+ (Chicago), CSNCA (Oakland)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Jake Peavy (2-0, 2.75 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Bartolo Colon (3-1, 2.63 ERA)
Peavy has looked like the pitcher who won a Cy Young Award in San Diego through his first three starts. He has notched quality starts in all three outings and won his past two starts, racking up 21 strikeouts and issuing only two walks in 19 2/3 innings. Peavy has made only one start against Oakland; he allowed three runs over six innings and didn’t get a decision in 2006.
Colon, a Cy Young winner with the Angels, has put together a string of 15 consecutive scoreless innings. He threw eight scoreless frames Wednesday against the Angels, striking out five and allowing four hits. Colon is 10-6 with a 3.97 ERA in 20 starts against the White Sox, and he won his only start against them last season.
1. The A’s claimed infielder Luke Hughes off waivers from Minnesota on Sunday. He is set to join the team Monday and is expected to take over at third base for Josh Donaldson, who is hitting .094.
2. White Sox 1B Paul Konerko is two home runs shy of 400 in his career. Konerko is hitting .362 with two home runs this season.
3. At one point in Wednesday’s outing against the Angels, Colon threw 38 consecutive strikes. He finished with 82 strikes in 106 pitches.