The Los Angeles Dodgers, who have led the National League West all season long, began their current six-game interleague homestand by dropping two of three to the Los Angeles Angels. The White Sox, meanwhile, lost two of three in St. Louis, losing an interleague road series for the first time since 2008. Chicago White Sox has fared extremely well against National League teams over the years, and it has won 11 of its last 14 games against the Dodgers dating back to 2003.
All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp is back on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but Los Angeles has continued to thrive in his absence due largely to a pitching staff that ranks among the major league leaders in ERA, opponent batting average and several other categories. The White Sox have surged to the top of the American League Central behind a powerful offense led by first baseman Paul Konerko (.364) and DH Adam Dunn (22 HR) as well as a solid pitching staff headed by Friday starter Chris Sale.
White Sox Dodgers Betting
When: 10:10 PM ET, Friday, June 15, 2012
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, Comcast Sports (Chicago), Fox Sports (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox LH Chris Sale (8-2, 2.05 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 2.65)
Arguably the AL Cy Young front-runner thus far, Sale has given up just four runs over 36 2/3 innings while winning his last five starts. The lanky left-hander has struck out 43 and walked just seven during that stretch, mowing down 15 at Tampa on May 28. Sale is a perfect 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five road starts, striking out 44 and walking nine.
Kershaw has seen his ERA rise by three-quarters of a run over his last four starts, yielding 14 runs in 26 2/3 innings during that stretch. He still has the ability to dominate, as evidenced by his 16 straight shutout innings in back-to-back wins last month. Kershaw lost his lone previous start against the White Sox, a 2-0 defeat in 2008 (4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K).
1. The White Sox are 159-114 all-time in interleague play, the second-best mark in the major leagues, and they are 45-22 in their last 67 interleague road games.
2. Chicago CF Alejandro De Aza is 19-for-47 (.404) in the month of June, posting six multi-hit games and hitting safely in 11 of 12 games.
3. The Dodgers have won 18 of their last 23 Friday games and six of Kershaw’s last seven Friday starts.