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.