Following a very successful 5-2 homestand, the Chicago White Sox are back on the road this week to continue their very busy April schedule. Not counting the day off the Sox got on April 10 due to a rainout against Cleveland, they only had one day off this month. They’ll finish up a stretch of 19 games in 19 days with three games in Toronto and four in Baltimore before finally getting a day off next Monday. Manager Robin Ventura says that getting through the Texas series was tough on his ballclub.
“Without the days off … [that was] a tough series. I think our pitchers did a tremendous job being able to go through two high-powered offenses and give us a chance to win some games.”
With John Danks struggling, the rotation being a little out of whack and Ventura wanting to get things back in order, the team brought up Miguel Gonzalez from Triple-A Charlotte to pitch tonight’s game in Toronto. Chris Sale will go for his fifth win tomorrow and Jose Quintana will pitch on Wednesday. Danks’ next start will come later in the week against the Orioles.
Signed to a Minor League deal by the White Sox on April 3, Gonzalez has pitched in two games for Charlotte, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.45 ERA in two starts. He’s given up three runs on seven hits in 11 innings with two walks and 10 strikeouts. Over the past four seasons, Gonzalez had a 39-33 record and a 3.82 ERA with the Orioles. Right-hander Erik Johnson was optioned back to Charlotte to make room for Gonzalez on the roster.
The Blue Jays will counter with right-hander Marcus Stroman, who comes into tonight’s game with a 3-0 record and has gone at least seven innings in three of his four starts this season.
Here’s what you need to know for tonight’s series opener.
Chicago White Sox (13-6) at Toronto Blue Jays (10-10)
Time: 6:07 PM CT
Location: Rogers Centre
Starting Pitchers: Miguel Gonzalez (0-0) vs Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.13 ERA)