Mariners-White Sox Preview

The Chicago White Sox are feasting on opponents’ pitching during

their longest winning streak in two years.

To keep the run intact, they may need another strong offensive

showing considering the way other teams have battered Gavin


The White Sox hope to stay hot at the plate as they go for a

10th straight victory Saturday against the visiting Seattle


After sitting four games under .500 and 4 1/2 out of first place

in the AL Central on May 16, Chicago (30-22) has won 13 of 14 to

take a 1 1/2-game lead over Cleveland in the division.

During the winning streak – the franchise’s longest since an

11-game run June 15-26, 2010 – the White Sox are averaging 8.0 runs

while batting .312 with 18 homers and 17 doubles.

In Friday’s 7-4 win over Seattle, Gordon Beckham had his first

career multihomer game and Adam Dunn also went deep. Alexei Ramirez

drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out infield single in the

eighth inning, and Alejandro De Aza had two hits and two RBIs. De

Aza is batting .333 with 11 RBIs during the win streak.

“Right now we’re on a good roll,” said Beckham, who is batting

.324 during an eight-game hitting streak, raising his average 25

points to .229. “It’s first of June. We’re doing the right things

coming to work every day and hoping it’s enough. The last week and

a half it’s been enough. You just can’t get complacent because this

game will humble you really quickly.”

Chicago’s offense certainly doesn’t seem like it can afford to

relax with the way Floyd (4-5, 5.02 ERA) is pitching.

Floyd has a 12.89 ERA and opponents are batting .412 in his last

three starts after he posted a 1.26 ERA and limited opponents to a

.165 average in his previous four. The right-hander allowed five

runs and a season high-tying 10 hits in five-plus innings against

Cleveland on Sunday but was bailed out by his offense in a 12-6


A start against the Mariners (23-31) might be what Floyd needs

to get turned around.

Before scoring 31 runs in two wins over Texas this week, Seattle

had 11 runs in losing its previous five games. The Mariners have

experienced similar offensive problems against Floyd, who is 3-0

with a 1.27 ERA in his last five starts in the series.

Floyd has had some trouble, however, against Ichiro Suzuki, who

is 13 for 36 (.361) off him.

While Floyd has routinely shut down the Mariners, Seattle

probable starter Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.01) had one of his worst

outings April 20 against the White Sox, giving up six runs, six

hits and two walks in 1 1-3 innings of a 7-3 loss. Dunn doubled in

the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the second.

Dunn, who also homered in his only other at-bat against Noesi,

has three home runs during the winning streak and leads the White

Sox with 17.

Although Noesi struggled against Chicago earlier this season, he

has been pitching much better lately.

The right-hander allowed three runs over eight innings in each

of his last two starts but was backed by a total of three runs and

got the loss in each. Against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, he

gave up a pair of solo homers as well as three other hits in a 4-2


Noesi finished May with a 3.22 ERA in five outings.

“He is consistently getting us deep into ball games and giving

us the opportunity to win,” manager Eric Wedge said.