Two of the three worst teams in baseball square off on Friday, when the San Francisco Giants visit the Chicago White Sox for the opener of their three-game series. San Francisco has dropped 10 of its last 13 games and is saddled with a .387 winning percentage in an unforeseen poor campaign, while Chicago is just a tick better at .388.
The Giants have won three World Series titles this decade and lost to the eventual champion Chicago Cubs in last year’s postseason before experiencing a dreadful campaign. “I don’t think anybody saw this coming,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. “Really, there is no logic to it. ... You depend on your guys having their normal years, maybe get a surprise or two. We haven’t had that, to be honest.” The White Sox have dropped eight of their last 10 contests and already have sewn up their fifth consecutive losing season. Chicago was outscored 30-10 while suffering a four-game home sweep at the hands of Cleveland and recorded just three hits in Thursday’s 11-2 setback.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, NBCSN Bay Area (San Francisco), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Matt Moore (4-13, 5.42 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (2-1, 2.25)
Moore is suffering through a season in which he has set a career high for defeats while being one of the worst starting pitchers in the majors. The 28-year-old has allowed five or more earned runs on eight occasions this season and has served up a career-high 24 homers. Moore is 4-1 with 1.45 ERA in five career starts against the White Sox, including a 2-0 record and 0.79 ERA in two turns at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Giolito has been superb while winning his last two outings, giving up one run and six hits over 14 innings while defeating Tampa Bay and Detroit. The 23-year-old struck out a career-best 10 while dominating the Rays in his last turn after fanning just four in each of his first two starts for the White Sox. Giolito was just 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 24 starts for Triple-A Charlotte before fitting nicely into Chicago’s rotation.
1. The White Sox, who are just 4-13 in interleague play this season, are 7-3 all-time versus the Giants.
2. San Francisco 2B Joe Panik went 12-for-15 in a series against Colorado to match the record for most hits in a three-game set.
3. Chicago LHP Carlos Rodon (shoulder) was scratched from Thursday’s start due to stiffness.
PREDICTION: Giants 5, White Sox 4