White Sox, Phillies rained out, will play 2 Saturday
PHILADELPHIA – The White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies are going in different directions as they head into their final series before the All-Star break.
The Sox (36-53) are in the cellar of the AL Central and will likely be a target for contending teams looking to add players for a late-season stretch drive.
The Phillies, recently thought to be trade-deadline sellers like the Sox, have played perhaps their best baseball of the season the past two weeks. Philadelphia has won seven of 10 and now might be a buyer before the deadline.
The teams got an unexpected Friday night off when rain postponed the opener of their weekend series. The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Saturday with games starting at 2:05 and 7:15 p.m.
Sox left-hander John Danks (2-6, 4.31) will face right-hander Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) in the doubleheader opener Saturday. Sox lefty Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.49) will take on Philadelphia's John Lannan (2-3, 4.23) in the nightcap.
The Sox began Friday with the third-worst record in baseball, and they trailed Detroit by 13 games in the AL Central. They will likely take a look at young players in the second half.
If that happens, manager Robin Ventura said winning won't be sacrificed for development.
"You try to teach them the right way to do things," Ventura said Friday. "Ultimately, it's to win the game. They have to learn how to win and get better at the same time. That's part of the process."
One young player who has shown promise for the Sox is Josh Phegley, who was called up last week and homered in three of his first five games. He hit the go-ahead grand slam in Thursday's 6-3 victory over Detroit.
The Phillies also have been getting production from young players to climb within reach of playoff contention. Twenty-five year-old Ben Revere, who struggled at the start of the season, has batted .441 while hitting safely in 13 of his last 14 games. He raised his average from .200 on May 1 to .304.
Domonic Brown, who was selected to his first All-Star team, has been producing all season. He is hitting .281 with 23 homers and 64 RBIs after securing a job during spring training.
Notes: The Sox placed right-hander Brian Omogrosso on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 29, with a right triceps strain. ... The Sox have lost 29 of 41 and are 17-32 on the road this season. The Phillies are 5-4 in the all-time series against the White Sox and have won all three meetings at Citizens Bank Park.