Erstad returns to Anaheim to face the Los Angeles Angels for the first time since leaving for the White Sox in the offseason as the teams open a three-game series Friday night.
Erstad, who played 11 seasons with the Angels (16-13), faced them in Chicago in a three-game set from April 27-29, going 6-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs. The White Sox (12-13), though, lost two of the three games.
A two-time All-Star with the Angels, Erstad is batting .258, but that average leads a Chicago team that ranks near the bottom of the league with 99 runs. The White Sox have been shut out once and have totaled six runs during a season-high four-game losing streak, and Guillen won’t be counting on a couple of his big hitters for a while.
The White Sox did not have a runner in scoring position in a two-game series in Seattle, losing the finale 3-2 on Wednesday.
The White Sox entered Wednesday ranked last in the AL with a .220 average with runners in scoring position. Last year, they led the major leagues in such situations, at .307, baseball’s fourth-highest figure since 1974.
“Who’s to blame? Everybody,” Guillen said. “I blame Walk (hitting coach Greg Walker). I blame myself. I blame the lineup.”
Jose Contreras (2-2, 5.68 ERA) will take the mound for Chicago. The right-hander beat the Angels in his last start, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings as the White Sox won 7-3 last Friday.
Contreras is 3-2 with a 3.96 ERA in six starts against the Angels.
Erstad has been successful against Los Angeles’ Kelvim Escobar (2-1, 3.28 ERA), who will get the start Friday. Erstad is batting .412 (7-for-17) against his former teammate, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 5-2 loss to the Angels on Sunday.
Escobar earned the win, giving up four hits in 7 2-3 innings Sunday.
The right-hander has given up three runs or less in each of his four starts. But he is 3-9 with a 5.57 ERA in 11 starts and nine relief appearances against the White Sox.
Los Angeles has lost consecutive games after a four-game winning streak.
The Angels lost the final two games of a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals, including a 5-2 defeat Thursday.
“Orlando’s played a lot,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the team’s Web site. “Another guy we’d like to get off his feet is Gary. Those two guys have been playing a lot of baseball, playing well.”