The Chicago White Sox aren’t too worried about their makeup game at Fenway Park.
With all their starting pitchers staying behind in preparation for a six-game homestand, the White Sox will give the ball to rookie right-hander Brandon McCarthy for their Labor Day game with the Boston Red Sox.
After struggling in August with a 12-16 record, the White Sox are 4-0 in September. The AL Central leaders are making the trip to Boston to make up a game that was postponed on Aug. 14. Chicago has a comfortable lead in the AL Central and didn’t see the need to bring all of its arms halfway across the country for one game.
What this game boils down to for manager Ozzie Guillen is one last chance for McCarthy to show the White Sox he can be counted on in the season’s final month. Guillen said prior to Sunday’s 2-0 win over Detroit that he plans on going with a five-man rotation the rest of the way.
“The six-man rotation, I’ve kind of thought about it, and I’m not really into it,” Guillen said. “Right now, I don’t think we’re going to go with it … with the schedule the way it is, I don’t think we’re going to go with a six-man rotation.”
McCarthy is coming off of his best start of the season. The 22-year-old right-hander threw 7 2-3 innings of two-hit ball in an 8-0 win over Texas on Tuesday that gave Chicago a doubleheader split.
“After the first game, I felt like it was about time I came in and contributed my part, and did well,” McCarthy said.
Though the White Sox have some margin for error down the stretch, the Red Sox do not. Boston is 3 1/2 games ahead of the wild card-leading New York Yankees in the AL East.
Curt Schilling, who missed 69 games earlier this season with an ankle bruise, will make his third start since returning to the rotation on a full-time basis. The veteran right-hander has yet to find his rhythm as a starter, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in the two starts. However, after allowing five runs in the first two innings against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, Schilling finished with four shutout frames in a game the Red Sox eventually won.
“I had two options: I can quit or I can find a way to get better. I’m going to be better. I’m going to be better before this is all over,” the struggling Red Sox ace said. “After the end of the second, I was at the end of my rope, and I just figured out where I was going to go.”
The Red Sox appear to be hitting their stride at the right time as they’ve won seven of eight, including Sunday’s 5-1 victory over Baltimore.