Preview: White Sox At Rockies
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[April 07, 2014]
The Colorado Rockies and Chicago
White Sox jump into some early interleague action when the teams meet
Monday in Colorado in the opener of a three-game set. White Sox starter
Felipe Paulino will be facing one of his former teams, although Rockies
fans likely don't have fond memories of his time with the club. The
Rockies counter with Jordan Lyles, who will make his first home start
after coming over in an offseason trade with the Astros.
Paulino, who was 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in 18 relief appearances for
the 2011 Rockies, is coming off a solid season debut in which he
allowed two runs — one earned — in 5 1/3 innings against Minnesota.
"I'm happy to be back and do my work," said Paulino, who missed the
entire 2013 campaign following surgeries to his elbow and shoulder.
"I'm excited (I gave) the White Sox an opportunity to win the game."
Chicago lost its first two against Kansas City over the weekend
before winning the finale, while Colorado essentially endured the
reverse weekend — winning two straight against Arizona before
failing to complete the sweep on Sunday.
TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, CSN (Chicago), ROOT (Colorado)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Felipe Paulino (0-0, 1.69 ERA) vs.
Rockies RH Jordan Lyles (1-0, 7.20)
Like his counterpart, Paulino also began his career in the Houston
organization before bouncing around a bit. He needed 109 pitches to
get through 5 1/3 innings in his White Sox debut, although he issued
only two walks. The 30-year-old Paulino has not won consecutive
starts since September 2007, when he was pitching for the Astros.
Lyles was recalled from the minors prior to his start against Miami
last Wednesday and and gave up four runs in five-plus innings. He
went 7-9 for Houston last season and posted a 5.59 ERA — his third
straight season with an ERA over 5.00. His only career start against
Chicago came in 2012, when he allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings of
a 10-1 defeat.
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The Rockies have six starters batting at least .333, led by OF
Charlie Blackmon (13-for-24, .542).
White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza has not attempted a steal after
going 58-for-83 over the last three seasons.
Chicago SS Alexei Ramirez has hit safely in all six games,
including four multi-hit efforts.
PREDICTION: White Sox 11, Rockies 9
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