Sunday, June 12th, 2011

MLB 2011 Game #5: Athletics vs. White Sox

Since Susan and my Mom have to attend a baby shower this afternoon, that means my Dad and I need to kill a day. Rather than sit around and watch Airplane! for the umpteenth time, we decided to catch a baseball game. The Chicago Cubs are in Philadelphia, but the Chicago White Sox are at US Cellular Field for the final game of their homestead. This is my first American League game of the 2011 season.

The Oakland Athletics are currently buried at the bottom of the American League West, and trail the defending American League champions, the Texas Rangers, by eight games. The A's will send Guillermo Moscoso (2-2, 3.32 ERA) to the mound. Moscoso is young. He debuted in the majors in 2009, and today's game will be his 17th professional game, and only his fourth start. He spent 2009 and 2010 with the Texas Rangers, and he never faced the White Sox.

Lately, the White Sox have played better. I won't say they have set fire to the American League, but they have taken advantage of their four-game series against the lowly A's. They find themselves only four-and-half games off the pace in the American League Central. Both the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers are tied at the top.

The White Sox will counter with Philip Humber (5-3, 2.87 ERA). Fans can make an argument that he's the currently the best starting pitcher on the staff this season. He's been part of an experimental six-man rotation this season when Jake Peavy briefly returned from the disabled list. Humber has been in the majors since 2006 and has bounced around from team to team. He's been with the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals and is in his first season with the White Sox. Today will be his 40th major league game.

Just a quick look at the status of the Cubs and their National League Central Division rivals. Here are the current standings:

St. Louis Cardinals 38-28 .576 ---
Milwaukee Brewers 37-28 .569 0.5 GB
Cincinnati Reds 34-32 .515 4.0 GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 31-32 .492 5.5 GB
Chicago Cubs 25-38 .397 11.5 GB
Houston Astros 24-41 .369 13.5 GB

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