Bad weather no excuse for Sox
It's cloudy and cold on the South Side this morning ... but it's not raining!
The White Sox and Indians will wrap up their abbreviated two-game series this afternoon with Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.55 ERA) taking the mound against Zach McAllister (1-2, 3.12).
Tuesday night's game was rained out, and the Sox have been playing in some pretty miserable weather since the April 1 season opener.
Then again, just about every other major-league team has been dealing with the same conditions, so there are no excuses.
"In some ways you can give in to that (bad weather) or you can find a way to win," manager Robin Ventura said this morning. "The other team is playing in it, too, and they're not necessarily making mistakes or doing little things. We're at a level where it's about wins and losses.
"I'm not looking for a feel good thing right now. We just need to play better, whether it's raining or cold, the other team is out there, too, and we have to figure out a way to do it."
-Quintana brings a 13.2 scoreless inning streak into today’s start, and the second-year lefty has 14 strikeouts over that span.
In 4 career appearances (3 starts) vs. the Indians, Quintana is 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA.
-Blake Tekotte made a colossal base-running blunder Monday night, getting picked off second base in a tight game.
Called up from Class AAA Charlotte late last week when left fielder Dayan Viciedo (strained left oblique) went on the disabled list, Tekotte gets his first start today, in center field.
"Just get him out there," Ventura said. "He hasn't played a lot. I don't like guys coming up just sitting here without getting in there and getting their feet wet. (Tekotte) just getting on the bases (Monday), he was trying to do maybe too much. Once you get him out there you kind of ease their feelings and nerves and whatever it is on the field. Just get him out there and see what he can do."
-Two of Cleveland’s top hitters, Asdrubal Cabrera (right quad) and Carlos Santana (flu), are out today.
Cabrera’s 2-run single off Matt Thornton Monday rallied the Tribe to a 3-2 win.