Halladay is 14-0 in 18 starts since a 5-0 loss to the New York Yankees on April 15. The hard-throwing right-hander pitched his second complete game of the season Thursday in Boston, yielding two runs and nine hits in a 5-2 win over the Red Sox.
Halladay’s winning streak is the longest in the majors since Roger Clemens won 16 straight decisions for the Yankees in 2001. Clemens also has the Toronto record for consecutive victories, winning 15 in a row in 1998.
Halladay leads the majors in wins, and is an early favorite to win the AL Cy Young, something no Toronto pitcher has done since Clemens captured back-to-back awards in 1997-98.
Tuesday’s game between the Blue Jays and the Yankees was washed out before it began because of severe storms.
“I wanted to pitch against the Yankees,” Halladay said. “I was set to go.”
Instead, Halladay will now start against a White sox team that has won five straight.
Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez hit consecutive first-inning homers Tuesday to lead Chicago over the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Tuesday. The White Sox have reached the .500-mark for the first time since July 3.
It Chicago’s longest winning streak since taking seven straight last Aug. 27 to Sept. 3. The White Sox’s latest run has moved them within five games of first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.
“We knew we were due,” Chicago manager Charlie Manuel said. “It’s going to be important that we go out and do the same thing the next two days (in Toronto).”
Halladay will be opposed by White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle. After starting the season 2-10, Buehrle has won a career-high six straight decisions.
“He’s pitching extremely well,” said White Sox manager Jerry Manuel. “I thought there were times earlier this season when he pitched well but it was just hard luck for him. For the most part, he’s been very consistent.”
STANDINGS: White Sox - 2nd place (tied), 5 GB, AL Central. Blue Jays - 3rd place, 10 GB, AL East.
WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Buehrle (8-10, 4.10 ERA). The 24-year-old Buehrle held Detroit to 10 hits and four runs—one earned—in 6 2-3 innings as Chicago beat the Tigers 7-5 on Friday. Buehrle is 0-1 with a 4.07 ERA against Toronto in four appearances, including three starts.
BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Halladay (14-2, 3.33 ERA). Halladay is 1-1 with a 2.76 ERA in six games—against Chicago, three of them starts. Halladay pitched his first complete game of the season as Toronto beat Chicago 5-1 on May 27. The All-Star held the White Sox to two runs and nine hits while striking out five.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: White Sox - Ordonez, .304 avg.; Thomas, 23 HRs; Carlos Lee, 62 RBIs; Carl Everett, 62 runs; Lee and Willie Harris, 8 SBs. Blue Jays - Carlos Delgado, .305 avg., 28 HRs and 98 RBIs; Delgado and Vernon Wells, 79 runs; Bobby Kielty, 6 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: White Sox, 4-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: White Sox - 1B Thomas is one home run shy of 400 for his career. … OF Ordonez is batting .380 in July to raise his batting average 19 points to .304. … LHP Damaso Marte picked up his first save since May 10 on Tuesday. Marte has blown seven of his 13 save opportunities. Blue Jays - OF Wells and 1B Delgado are tied with Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra with an AL-leading 79 runs scored. … OF Kielty is batting .375 (9-for-24) with two home runs off Buehrle. … 1B Delgado has not homered in 15 games and 61 at-bats since July 2—his longest drought of the year.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: White Sox - 19-31 on the road; Blue Jays - 23-24 at home.
INJURIES: White Sox - LHP Kelly Wunsch (strained left side), 15-day DL. Blue Jays - INF Dave Berg (fatigue), 15-day DL; INF Josh Phelps (back), 15-day DL; RHP Cliff Politte (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Pete Walker (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Doug Creek (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Bob File (shoulder), 60-day DL.