After playing 10 of their first 12 games on the road, the Chicago White Sox will spend the next week at U.S. Cellular Field for a seven-game homestand that starts tonight when they host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (yes, I still despise typing out that ridiculous name).
Coming off a win against Minnesota last Wednesday in which he threw six scoreless innings, Carlos Rodon gets the start tonight for the South Siders. Rodon currently ranks seventh in the American League in ERA and will look to contain an Angels lineup that includes slugger Albert Pujols, who will be looking to make a little history tonight. After hitting career home run number 562 on Sunday, Pujols needs only one more to tie Reggie Jackson for 13th on the all-time list. He’s only gone 1-for-6 in his career against Rodon, but that one hit was a home run. The former Cardinal also needs only one double to tie Rafael Palmeiro for 18th on that all-time list.
The Angels will counter with left-hander Hector Santiago, who was actually a 30th round draft pick by the White Sox in the 2006 MLB Draft. He played three seasons for Chicago, compiling an 8-10 record with a 3.41 ERA in 78 appearances with 27 of them being starts. He’s pitched against his former club once since being traded in the three-team deal that brought Adam Eaton to the South Side, giving up three runs in 5 1/3 in a loss at The Cell last season.
Here’s everything else you need to know about tonight’s matchup.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (5-7) at Chicago White Sox (8-4)
Time: 7:10 PM CT
Location: U.S. Cellular Field
Radio: WLS, WRTO 1200
Starting Pitchers: Hector Santiago (0-0, 3.95 ERA) vs Carlos Rodon (1-1, 1.38 ERA)