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[April 22, 2016]
The Chicago White Sox are struggling
to score runs, and part of the reason is the season-long struggles of
Jose Abreu. Chicago has scored three or fewer runs in eight of its last
nine games and Abreu is batting just .190 entering Friday's opener of a
three-game series against the visiting Texas Rangers.
Abreu is just 2-for-27 over his last seven games and has gone 10
contests without a multi-hit performance. "When you're hitting .190,
you're a .190 hitter and there's a reason why you're doing it,
probably because you're chasing pitches," White Sox manager Robin
Ventura told reporters after Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles
Angels. "Is he better than that? Do we expect more of him?
Absolutely, and we have confidence he's going to do that. As soon as
he stops chasing it, he's going to be just fine." Texas has won four
consecutive contests after finishing off a three-game sweep of the
Houston Astros with a 7-4 win on Thursday. Ian Desmond smashed a
three-run homer off reigning American League Cy Young Award winner
Dallas Keuchel and went 4-for-11 in the series after being 5-for-46
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest Plus (Texas), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Martin Perez (0-1, 3.44 ERA) vs. White
Sox LH Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.55)
Perez has worked at least six innings in each of his three starts
and has allowed just 15 hits but doesn't have a victory to show for
it. He has struggled with his control by issuing 11 walks in 18 1/3
innings - an alarming rise from 2013, when he walked just 37 in 124
1/3 innings. Perez is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts
against the White Sox and has struck out Abreu in three of their
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Quintana has started off strong, allowing a total of five earned
runs over his first three starts. He has struck out 18 while walking
only three and didn't issue a free pass in two of his three outings.
Quintana is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA in four career starts against Texas
and will look to control Prince Fielder, who is 4-for-15 with a
homer, two doubles and four walks against him.
1. Rangers SS Elvis Andrus is 12-for-28 with six RBIs during his
eight-game hitting streak.
2. Chicago CF Austin Jackson is 2-for-25 over his last nine
3. Texas 3B Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with a homer on Thursday and
is 7-for-14 in his last four games.
PREDICTION: Rangers 5, White Sox 4
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