White Sox try yet again to avoid elimination

Updated: October 5, 2008

Rob Grabowski/US Presswire

Gavin Floyd heads to the mound as the White Sox again try to avoid elimination.

SONNANSTINE TRYING TO CLOSE OUT WHITE SOX

A look ahead to Monday's games:

Rays at White Sox

Despite what the numbers say, Andy Sonnanstine has pitched just fine since the All-Star break. He gets the ball Monday with the hopes of closing out the White Sox in the ALDS, though he'll be faced with a difficult matchup opposite Chicago's Gavin Floyd. Sonnanstine's second-half struggles, if you can call them that, can be attributed to a lack of scoring by the Rays' offense. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon is confident he can count on him in Game 4 of the ALDS.

Andy Sonnanstine
Before break After break
W-L 10-4 3-5
ERA 4.58 4.08
BA against .296 .249
Run Support 5.2 3.9

Angels at Red Sox

The Angels remain alive after their Game 3 win over the Red Sox, and it will be up to John Lackey to extend the series by duplicating his most recent effort at Fenway Park. On July 29, Lackey had a no-hitter going for 8 1/3 innings in a 6-2 win, finally pitching well at a ballpark in which he has had much trouble over the years. That was only one start; the long-term numbers with Lackey on the mound are on the Red Sox's side. Boston starter Jon Lester, meanwhile, is virtually unbeatable at Fenway.

Notable Red Sox lifetime vs. Lackey
Regular Season Postseason
David Ortiz 10-for-30, 2 HRs 3-for-8, 1 HR
Kevin Youkilis 5-for-17, 2 HRs 3-for-5, 1 HR
Jacoby Ellsbury 0-for-6 2-for-4

Jon Lester, career at Fenway
W-L 16-2
ERA 3.30
BA against .254

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Inside EdgeThe Dodgers and Phillies have clinched NLCS berths, while the Red Sox and Rays sit one win away from an ALCS appearance. According to Inside Edge's scouting data, one thing all four teams have in common so far in October is that they have a much higher slugging percentage against off-speed pitches compared to the four teams who have either been eliminated or are down 2-1 in playoff action:

SLG vs. non-fastballs (2008 postseason)
Team SLG
Dodgers .529
Rays .472
Red Sox .452
Phillies .442
White Sox .344
Angels .324
Cubs .214
Brewers .211

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