The White Sox head to St. Louis for a two-game set with the Cardinals, who own the best record in baseball. CSN's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton weigh in on how the South Siders can have success in Missouri in the Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.
The White Sox are struggling, there's no doubt about that.
So a date with the best team in baseball could be problematic. But as Bill Melton explains, perhaps the White Sox can fly under the radar and sneak up on the NL Central-leading Cardinals this week in St. Louis.
"It is the best team in baseball. And you know what happens a lot of time when a team comes down and plays against a contending team, sometimes that contending team kind of lays back," Melton said.
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One way to challenge the Redbirds? With great pitching. And the White Sox starting rotation has been pretty good despite the team's poor record. That includes Chris Sale, who's been excellent over his last several starts. He's racked up double-digit strikeouts in his last seven outings and eight of his last nine.
"It's really going to be an issue of who's going to pitch in that series. I still believe in this starting staff, and when you've got a couple of guys on this starting staff that can have a couple of big-time games, a lot of strikeouts, they can make it pretty tough on the Cardinals," Melton said. "I know the Cardinals right now are probably the best team in baseball, no question about it. They've got some pretty good starters themselves and a very good bullpen.
"(Sale's string of starts is) not as good as (Max) Scherzer's run, no question, but I want to put it about No. 2 in baseball. As far as having a run, I haven't seen three or four starts like this where he was so dominating. And all his stuff was working. Even when Minnesota hit him, his stuff was working. He has a tough time with the Minnesota Twins, but when his stuff works, it's kind of like Nintendo baseball or in the backyard. He's really — not only overpowering — but he gets good hitters like Joe Mauer ... he gets them out pretty easy."
Hear more from Melton on the White Sox in the video above.