Having scored 34 runs their last three games, the Chicago White Sox are getting offensive contributions throughout their lineup. However, no one in the majors may be hotter than Paul Konerko. Konerko and the White Sox will go for their season-high fifth straight win Sunday when they try to complete a home sweep of the Cleveland Indians. Chicago has come alive in the last four games of its homestand, batting .336 with 12 home runs and 40 runs scored. The White Sox (25-22) followed their 9-3 win over the Indians on Friday with a 14-7 victory Saturday. Konerko had four hits, Dayan Viciedo drove in five runs while homering for a third straight game and Alex Rios added three hits, including his third home run in four games. Konerko, who had three doubles, extended his hitting streak to 12 games and raised his batting average to a major league-leading .396. He is 21 for his last 32 (.656) with four homers and 10 RBIs. Chicago has won eight of nine and is trying to sweep the Indians in a three-game series at home for the first time since 2008.
Cleveland (26-20) will try to avoid matching its longest losing streak of the season in the finale. After two poor outings by Indians starters, Ubaldo Jimenez (5-3, 5.02 ERA) will try to get them back on track as he goes for his third straight win. On Tuesday against Detroit, Jimenez allowed three runs in six innings for a second straight start, overcoming six walks in a 5-3 victory. Walks were much more costly for him against the White Sox on May 1. He issued six and allowed seven runs - four earned - over 4 2-3 innings of a 7-2 loss.
Gavin Floyd (3-5, 4.66) has also struggled with his control. He has been knocked around his last two starts, giving up seven runs and 10 hits against the Los Angeles Angels on May 16, then allowing nine runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 9-2 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday. He'll certainly want to pitch carefully to Jason Kipnis, who hit a pair of two-run homers Saturday. A native of the Chicago suburbs, Kipnis is batting .480 (12 of 25) in seven games at U.S. Cellular Field.
While this is a relatively high ntotal to eclipse, the price is right considering the results offensivley in the series so far. It's another hot day in the windy city so we expect pitchers to use all the energy they have out there while the ball flies out of US Cellular. Cleveland will look to salvage one game and has been riding their first place success on Kipnis (.272 8 28) along with lineup balance that makes them versatile. Asdrubal Cabrera (.301) left Friday's game with a sore hamstring but may return this afternoon. Shin Soo-Choo is hitting .371 over his last 9 games. Floyd will look to solve his control problems but may have it tough returning to put a consistent start together. There is so much power in this CHisox lineup, knocking out 59 HRS so far this season, 15 by leader Adam Dunn along with 35 RBI. Dunn had just 11 HR last season, but is healthy and adapting to life in the AL. Along with Konerko and Viciedo, AJ Pierzynski (.312 8 32) continues to crush opposing pitching which may forecast another rough ride for Jimenez. Look for the offenses to continue their carnage this afternoon. Best of luck however you play!