The White Sox recently returned from an eight-game road trip that included a three-game appearance out in Oakland last week. The A’s swept that series, shutting out the White Sox in two of those games.
Chicago will be looking for some redemption against the Athletics. They hope to turn around their season with this four-game set at home, where the they currently own a 13-11 record.
The Sox sit in fourth place in the Central Division, six games back of Detroit; while the A’s march into town having won 16 of their past 19 games, and are just one and a half games behind the first-place Texas Rangers in the West.
Forgive the White Sox if they appear a little sleepy-eyed in Thursday’s opener, however, as they are returning home from Seattle where they played a 16-inning marathon on Wednesday.Chicago used eight pitchers in a 7-5 victory, ending it's eight-game losing streak.
Will the team be jet-lagged and fatigued?
Look for the Athletics to try to take advantage of Chicago’s weariness and run their series unbeaten streak to eight (the A’s are 6-0-1 in their past seven series.)
Here are five things to look for in Oakland’s four-game series against the White Sox.