In the first of a two-game series between the Chicago White Sox (59-64) and the Philadelphia Phillies (58-67) at U.S. Cellular Field, Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.26 ERA) and Jake Thompson (1-2, 8.79 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and will air on CSPh and WPWR.
In his most recent outing, Rodon pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out five in a 5-4 loss to the Indians. Todd Frazier (.212, 66 Rs, 31 HRs, 76 RBIs, 10 SBs) played well again Sunday, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. The Phillies were also unsuccessful the last time Thompson pitched. He did not do well, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out four and walking four in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. Maikel Franco (.253, 53 Rs, 22 HRs, 72 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 2 for 3 Sunday.
Philadelphia has won 49% (29-30) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 50% (27-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Phillies didn't score any runs in their last game. The White Sox have a 7-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 42-11. The Phillies have a 38-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Chicago ranks 27th with 493 runs and Philadelphia is 28th with 473.
Chicago and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 25th with an OPS of .713, and Philadelphia ranks 29th with an OPS of .692.
When the Phillies allow at least one home run, they are 26-53. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 35-43 record.