White Sox-Mets Preview
With their lengthy skid in the past, the Chicago White Sox begin June with something positive to build on.
The visiting White Sox look to win their first series in more than three weeks in Wednesday's finale against the New York Mets.
Todd Frazier and Tyler Saladino each hit two-run homers as Chicago (28-25) overcame a 4-0 deficit to snap its seven-game losing streak with Tuesday's 6-4 win. It was the fifth win in 20 games for the White Sox, whose last winning series came against Minnesota from May 6-8.
"Losing, it's tough on everybody," Saladino told MLB's official website. "It weighs on you a little bit. You definitely lose a little bit of sleep. Getting the win, I mean, it's a boost of morale."
Chicago last won a series on the road with a sweep of Toronto from April 25-27.
"Everybody shows up and keeps going through the routine, through the grind, getting ready for the game," Saladino said. "Everybody is in it the same way. Go out and play as hard as we can."
Saladino has made the most of his recent opportunities by going 5 for 9 with two home runs and five RBIs in his last three games. He had one homer in his previous 22 games.
Frazier's only two hits in his last 27 at-bats have left the park.
After losing for the third time in four contests, the Mets turn to Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.81 ERA) to get back on track.
The right-hander was 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA in four outings prior to his strong effort in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, allowing a run and three hits while striking out seven in seven innings in a 6-5 victory.
"There's still some work (that needs to be done), but this is a step in the right direction," deGrom said. "I didn't give up as many hard-hit balls tonight. Location was a lot better tonight, minus the walks. I'd like to avoid some of those 3-2 counts and keep the pitch count a little lower, but we're going in the right direction."
Though deGrom is making his first appearance against the White Sox, Jimmy Rollins is 1 for 8 against him while Frazier is 0 for 2.
Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.50) makes his sixth start for Chicago after allowing three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings while not factoring in the decision of a 7-5 loss at Kansas City on Friday.
Though the right-hander has never faced the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes is 6 for 13 against him. James Loney is 5 for 26 when facing Gonzalez.
Acquired from San Diego on Saturday, Loney went 0 for 4 in his 2016 debut Tuesday.
"I've always wanted to be in a winning atmosphere," he said. "I've had that in my career in the past, and it feels great to go to the playoffs, but I've never won a World Series, so I'm looking forward to working toward that."
New teammate Neil Walker has homered in back-to-back games and is batting .407 in his last eight contests.
The Mets (29-22), who lead the NL with 73 home runs, have hit at least one in 11 consecutive games.