Chicago White Sox right-hander Jon Garland, sharing the major league lead in wins, seeks to continue his success against the Toronto Blue Jays when the teams open a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Garland is 6-1 with a 3.25 ERA against Toronto in 11 career appearances, including nine starts. In his only start against the Blue Jays this season, he gave up six runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings and still managed to earn the victory as the White Sox won 10-7 on May 7.
Another win over Toronto would allow Garland to at least remain tied for the highest victory total in the majors. He has 15 along with St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter, who is also scheduled to start on Tuesday.
Garland is 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA over his last five outings. The right-hander last pitched on Wednesday, giving up three runs—one earned—and five hits over seven innings in a 6-5, 13-inning loss at Kansas City.
Chicago enters after a 5-2 road trip, capped by its first four-game sweep in Baltimore since 1954. The White Sox scored a total of 31 runs and had 49 hits in their second four-game road sweep since the All-Star break.
Right fielder Jermaine Dye went 3-for-5 in Monday’s 6-3 victory to complete a red-hot trip. Dye batted .412 (14-for-34) with 13 RBIs over the seven games.
Chicago’s newest acquisition, Geoff Blum, has yet to make his debut after arriving in Baltimore by a redeye flight from Los Angeles. Blum was acquired Sunday from San Diego for minor league pitcher Ryan Meaux.
Blum arrived at the park at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning for the 12:35 p.m. start, and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen opted to give the weary infielder a day of rest.
“That’s another thing about playing for Ozzie,” Blum said. “He has played the game and he knows how tough it is sometimes to travel and how hard being traded from coast to coast can be. Maybe he’s just taking it easy on me.”
Outfielder Scott Podsednik will be back in the lineup Tuesday after sitting out the last two games. Podsednik, who is batting .118 (2-for-17) over his last four starts, was getting some extended rest after starting 14 of 16 games since the All-Star break.
“I have to protect his legs because that’s his game,” Guillen said about Podsednik, who leads the majors with 52 stolen bases. “One more day isn’t going to kill him, and he will be ready tomorrow.”
The Blue Jays completed a 4-2 homestand after left-hander Gustavo Chacin pitched them to a 5-1 victory over Texas on Sunday. Chacin surrendered an unearned run and four hits over 6 1-3 innings.
Toronto’s pitching staff allowed just 11 runs during the homestand.
Outfielder Frank Catalanotto had a strong July for Toronto, batting .333 (28-for-84) with 19 of his 33 RBIs. Catalanotto is a lifetime .325 hitter in August—his highest average in any month.