White Sox-Mets Preview

After rallying late to avoid a sweep, the Chicago White Sox have
perhaps a little momentum heading into the final stop on their
eight-game trip.

The White Sox, though, will have to face the red-hot and
well-rested Matt Harvey when they visit the New York Mets for the
first time Tuesday night.

After winning two of three in Texas, Chicago appeared to be
headed for three straight losses in Kansas City on Monday. Alexei
Ramirez’s potential two-run homer in the sixth inning was ruled
foul and upheld on video review, but the White Sox tied it at 1-all
in the ninth and nearly scored the go-ahead run until pinch-runner
Jordan Danks was caught between third and home.

Danks made up for that miscue with a solo homer in the 11th in a
2-1 win.

“I knew that was going to be my shot to do something,” Danks
said. “I wasn’t trying to do too much. … It makes it a little bit
better, yeah. I told them I did it on purpose so I could come up
and hit a homer.”

The White Sox (13-17) would appear to have a stiff challenge in
their attempt at back-to-back victories as they’ll face Harvey
(4-0, 1.56 ERA), who is seeking to become the 17th Met to win his
first five decisions in a season.

Teammate Dillon Gee was the last to pull off that feat, starting
7-0 in 2011.

Harvey allowed one run over 5 1-3 innings in his latest outing
April 29 in Miami, but the Mets blew a one-run lead in the ninth
and fell 4-3 in 15. The right-hander has not received a decision in
his last two starts after winning his first four while posting a
0.93 ERA.

A pair of off days and a rainout Saturday have caused Harvey to
spend more than a week between starts.

“You’ve got to deal with it. It’s an adjustment, but it’s
definitely not the first time that I’ve gone seven or eight days
without pitching,” he told the team’s official website.

Harvey will try to help the Mets (12-16) snap a season-high
four-game home losing streak by earning their third win in four
contests. New York missed its chance to sweep a shortened two-game
set in Atlanta with a 9-4 loss Sunday.

Hector Santiago (1-1, 2.29) will be looking for another strong
start for Chicago. While pitching in place of an injured Jake
Peavy, the left-hander allowed a solo homer and double in 5 1-3
innings in a 3-1 win at Texas on Thursday.

“We’ve been kind of struggling,” Santiago told the team’s
official website after his first start in 2013. “Hopefully we get
back on track and I just try to go out there and give us a chance
to win and keep us in the game.”

Santiago is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in five starts and could get
some more with Gavin Floyd set to undergo season-ending elbow
surgery.

Santiago has never faced New York or any current Mets player,
and Harvey will also face the White Sox for the first time.

The Mets are the only current MLB team Chicago has never
visited. New York dropped two of three in its only other series
against the White Sox from June 10-12, 2002.