Free MLB Picks: White Sox @ Phillies; 08:35 PM

The Chicago White Sox have had a pitiful season offensively but their lineup seemed to get back to track while winning a series this week on road. White Sox will now try to continue their winning spirit in the Saturday's day-night doubleheader against a Philadelphia Phillies team which is in the midst of its best month of the season. Chicago (36-53) is now second-to-last in baseball with 336 runs. Chicago's .384 slugging percentage and .301 on-base percentage are also near the bottom. However, the White Sox will seek the postponement of Friday's series opener won't block any momentum earned after they scored 22 runs while winning two of three from AL Central-leading Detroit. Chicago won 6-3 on Thursday which saw Josh Phegley's grand slam which was his third homer in total five games since making his MLB debut.

Chicago has hit .358 in the series, bolstered by Alex Rios' 6-for-6 performance in an 11-4 win on Tuesday. Alejandro De Aza scored five runs while Dayan Viciedo brought in five. It was the highest runs that Chicago scored in a series this year. The White Sox, however, face a serious challenge against Philadelphia, which has won seven of total 10. The Phillies (46-47) are very near .500 for the first time since they were 31-31 on June 7. Scheduled Phillies first game starter Jonathan Pettibone, who is 5-3 with an ERA of 3.84, has posted a 2.35 ERA in his last two pairs of starts and won the last pair, matching a season high with six strikeouts in each. He had earlier limited the Braves to one run over 5 1-3 innings of a 7-3 win on last Sunday. The right-hander had posted a 1-1 record and 4.63 ERA.
Chicago will counter with John Danks, who is 2-6 with an ERA of 4.31 and who is 1-2 in his last three starts despite a 2.53 ERA. Danks, who allowed three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 road loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, has received 'half a dozen' runs of support in the last three games. He has gone 7-5 with an ERA of 2.98 in 19 interleague starts but is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three such outings this season. Left-hander Hector Santiago who is 3-5 with an ERA of 3.49 will be taking the mound for Chicago in the nightcap. He has failed to earn a decision in three consecutive starts but has allowed two runs and five hits in each of the last two. He last lasted 5 1-3 innings of an 8-2 loss on Monday.
The two runs Santiago gave up in that contest are the only runs surrendered over 12 1-3 innings while not earning a decision in two 2013 starts against the NL. He'll be opposed by John Lannan who is 2-3 with an ERA of 4.23 looks to build on Monday's outing when he allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings of a 3-2 win over Washington. Delmon Young is batting at an average of .372 with a pair of homers and four doubles off Danks. Alexei Ramirez is not sure after having a cramp in his right leg. Ramirez, who has started all 89 games, is 7 for 18 over his last four.

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