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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chi. White Sox picks and predictions June 16, 2024

White Sox aim for victory in rare series in matchup with D-backs

The Chicago White Sox look to earn a rare victory on Sunday as they close out their three-game showdown with the Arizona Diamondbacks. With right-hander Drew Thorpe making his second Major League start, the White Sox hope to build on their recent win and pick up just their fifth series win of the season.


Series dynamics

Drew Thorpe’s promising start

Impressive debut

Drew Thorpe, who was traded from the San Diego Padres, made quite an entrance in his major league debut against Seattle. He pitched five solid innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. Chicago manager Pedro Grifol was full of praise for Thorpe’s command and his effective use of secondary fields.

Thorpe’s pitching style

Thorpe is known for his skill at throwing strikes and his competitive spirit. In his debut, he threw 98 pitches, 61 of which were for strikes. His changeup was extremely effective, throwing 38 pitches and even striking out Julio Rodriguez.

Chicago’s Season Struggle

Rare series wins

It’s been a rough season for the White Sox, who currently have the worst record in the Majors at 19-53. Their last series win was against the Washington Nationals in mid-May. Securing a series win against the Diamondbacks would be a much-needed boost as this would only be their fifth of the season.

Strong performance in Game 2

In the second game of the series, the White Sox put on a show, winning 9–2 and tying their season high for runs scored in a game. Erick Fedde’s solid pitching and the team’s offensive surge, including four home runs, were key factors in the victory.


Pitching matchup

Jordan Montgomery for the Diamondbacks

Jordan Montgomery (4-4, 6.58 ERA) is on the mound for Arizona. Despite his struggles this season, Montgomery has a strong record against the White Sox, with a 2-0 record and a 2.20 ERA in five career starts. However, he has had some problems with catcher Martin Maldonado, who, despite a .086 average, had three hits, including two home runs and three RBIs against Montgomery.

Thorpe’s challenge

Thorpe will need to keep his cool and remain effective against a resilient Diamondbacks lineup. His ability to control the attacking zone and use his substitutes will be crucial in this match.


Team performance and dynamics

The resilience of Diamondbacks

Arizona took the series opener 7-1, but faltered in the second game, especially when trailing by two or more points. The team has a dismal 1-32 record in such situations this season. Manager Torey Lovullo emphasized the importance of moving past the loss and focusing on the next game.

The White Sox offensive surge

The White Sox offense came alive in the second game, with significant contributions from multiple players. Maintaining this momentum will be key for them in the series finale.


Conclusion

The series finale between the White Sox and Diamondbacks is crucial for both teams. For the White Sox, a rare series win would be a huge morale booster in an otherwise tough season. For the Diamondbacks, bouncing back from a loss and utilizing Montgomery’s track record against the White Sox will be crucial. Drew Thorpe’s second start and the execution of both teams will ultimately determine the outcome.