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Teahen is best bet vs. Indians starter Carmona

Teahen is best bet vs. Indians starter Carmona

Friday, Oct. 1, 2010
5:15 PM

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

Friday nights pitching matchup is an intriguing one, with the ace by default of the Cleveland Indians, Fausto Carmona, taking on wannabe starter Tony Pena of the Chicago White Sox. Carmona has sported a strong record but weak supporting numbers in his career vs. the White Sox, while Pena has been lights-out (a 0.93 ERA!) vs. Cleveland.

Carmona brings a career mark vs. the White Sox of 6-3 with a 4.50 ERA to his start tonight, but has seen his starts vs. Chicago marked by wildness, (1.43 WHIP and 1.45 KBB). In September and October in his career, Carmona has gone 9-8 with a 4.45 ERA. And in four games at U.S. Cellular Field, the righty is 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA, with a 1.47 WHIP and horrendous 0.54 KBB.

Mark Teahen, tonights No. 3 hitter and right fielder, is the best bet vs. Carmona, with a .387 career average and .858 OPS.

Heres Chicagos complete starting lineup vs. Carmona:

1. Juan Pierre, left field (1-5, .200 career vs. Carmona)
2. Omar Vizquel, shortstop (1-5, .200)
3. Mark Teahen, right field (12-31, .387, .858 OPS)
4. Dayan Viciedo, first base
5. Mark Kotsay, designated hitter (3-13, .231, 5 Ks, .804 OPS)
6. Tyler Flowers, catcher (0-1, .000, HBP)
7. Brent Morel, third base
9. Alejandro De Aza, center field
9. Brent Lillibridge, second base (0-2, .000, BB)

Pena has never started a game vs. Cleveland, but has been a Wahoos killer in his career, going 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA, with a 1.19 WHIP and 2.00 KBB). In September and October, Pena has gone 4-3 with a 4.39 ERA. And in 46 games at U.S. Cellular Field, the righty is 3-1 with a 4.61 ERA, with identically mediocre 1.55 WHIP and 1.55 KBB.

Only one member of the Wahoos lineup has had as many as seven at-bats vs. Pena, so projecting success for them vs. the White Sox starter is sketchy at best.

Here is Clevelands complete lineup vs. Pena:

1. Michael Brantley, center field (1-3, .333, K)
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, shortstop (0-2, .000, BB)
3. Shin-Soo Choo, right field (2-5, .400, 1.100 OPS)
4. Travis Hafner, designated hitter (0-1, .000, BB)
5. Jayson Nix, third base (1-2, .500)
6. Trevor Crowe, left field (1-4, .250)
7. Matt LaPorta, first base (2-7, .286, two Ks)
8. Luis Valbuena, second base (1-6, .167)
9. Lou Marson, catcher (0-3, .000, K)

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.