Game 26: Orioles at White Sox

With the win yesterday, the Orioles come to U.S. Cellular Field today looking for their first sweep since the first series of the year (and chance to get back to .500).

White Sox:

Batting Fielding fWAR
Juan Pierre .243/.286/.270 -5 -1.1
Alexei Ramirez .265/.318/.382 -2 0.1
Carlos Quentin .294/.385/.598 1 1.3
Paul Konerko .286/.350/.486 0 0.6
Alex Rios .163/.245/.235 -4 -0.9
Ramon Castro .261/.261/.435 0 0.1
Brent Lillibridge .320/.393/.560 0 0.2
Gordon Beckham .194/.238/.296 0 -0.3
Brent Morel .203/.214/.261 0 -0.4

A rather similar lineup compared to yesterday’s, which the Orioles shut down.  That dangerous middle of the lineup went 1/6 with two walks (both to Konerko, which isn’t a bad thing).  Rios had a home run, but it was in the 9th off of Koji and didn’t really make a difference at that point.  Good job by the O’s pitching yesterday.

Gavin Floyd:

3.60 3.80 2.92 8.5 2.1 50.5% 0.6

Floyd has been decently solid for the White Sox this season, with a 2-1 record coming into today.  Has a good K:BB ratio and though he gives up a little more than 1 home run per game, he does a good job keeping the ball down and getting ground balls.

Main three pitches are his fastball, cutter, and curve.  Consequentially, those are his three biggest swing-and-miss pitches, with his hook normally being his punch-out pitch.  Also comes in with a solid two-seamer.


Batting Fielding fWAR
Brian Roberts .262/.306/.427 -1 0.4
Nick Markakis .204/.275/.286 -3 -0.6
Derrek Lee .237/.315/.299 0 -0.2
Vladimir Guerrero .269/.269/.404 0 -0.1
Luke Scott .246/.314/.492 2 0.5
Matt Wieters .260/.333/.493 1 0.9
Mark Reynolds .169/.253/.313 -4 -0.6
Felix Pie .250/.250/.250 -2 -0.3
Robert Andino .348/.412/.435 2 0.7

Andino showed his rare power with a home run last night to help out a 4-run 8th inning.  Aside from that home run, the Orioles only had 5 other hits (two coming from Roberts and another from Andino).  Really need to step up the offense if the Orioles want the sweep.

Zach Britton:

2.84 3.73 3.84 5.4 3.4 57.3% 0.5

Britton continues to excel for the Orioles in his rookie season, entering today with a 4-1 record and a sub-3.00 ERA.  He performed very well against the Red Sox last outing and brings his best stuff against a struggle White Sox team.  His K:BB ratio isn’t the greatest, but he does a very good job of keeping the ball on the ground (which really helps out playing at the White Sox).

Relies very heavily on that biting two-seamer, which has been very good this season.  Also has that solid change-up that gets plenty of whiffs.  As long as he can keep those two pitches low, he should be very good today.