White Sox frustrated heading into series at the Dome

Posted on April 29th, 2008 – 10:27 AM
By Joe Christensen

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was not happy after his team’s effort Monday, in a 3-3 game against Baltimore suspended after the 11th inning because of rain.

“We stunk,” Guillen told reporters. “I’m tired to see the effort like that.”

I watched the game, looking to update the numbers in this story, as the White Sox and Twins begin a two-game series at the Metrodome tonight.

White Sox (14-10, stats below count suspended game, too)

Batting average: .242 (ranked last of 14 teams in AL)

Runs per game: 5.2 (1st)

Walks: 109 (Tied for 3rd)

On-base percentage: .338 (7th)

Home runs: 34 (1st)

Twins (11-14)

Batting average: .261 (5th in AL)

Runs per game: 3.8 (13th)

Walks: 51 (Last)

On-base percentage: .303 (Last)

Home runs: 13 (13th)

Tonight, the Twins face upstart White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd (2-0, 2.84 ERA). I spoke to a major league scout yesterday described the way Floyd is coming into his own. His best pitch always has been a curve ball. The difference this year, is he’s been better at getting into good counts with his fastball, allowing him to use the curve as an out pitch. (Are you listening Francisco Liriano?)

Floyd went 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in two starts against the Twins last year. Michael Cuddyer is 2-for-5 with one home run off him, and as La Velle mentioned in his preview box, Justin Morneau took him deep in his first two at-bats on July 6.

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