@SoxNerd Blog for May 19 …
*HOPE: Here’s to you Jose Quintana, White Sox Nation turns its lonely eyes to you …
If there is one guy on the roster that can put an end to the Sox recent misery, it is Quintana, tonight’s starting pitcher at Seattle.
Stopping skids in any season — contending or rebuilding or mediocre — is job one of an ace.
The Sox have lost four in a row.
There are some stats that show hope for tonight.
Quintana is 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA in eight games (seven starts) vs. Seattle. Last year, ‘Q’ won both of his starts vs. Seattle while sporting a 1.32 ERA.
In Seattle, the lefty is 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA in two starts.
*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question flashed on the Sox scoreboard a year ago today: Name the future Hall of Famer the White Sox dealt to Houston for Jim Golden and Dan Murphy on Dec. 10, 1963.
*CLOSE CALLS: Each of the White Sox last nine losses to Seattle have been by no more than three runs.
*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1968, Tommy John hit a three-run homer off future Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter and went the distance as the Sox beat the A’s 6-2 in the first game of a doubleheader sweep before 11,708 at Comiskey Park.
John’s homer came with two outs in the fourth after an intentional walk to Tim Cullen and gave the Sox the lead for good. John did not give up an earned run in winning his fourth decision without a loss.
*VERSATILE: Prior to Leury Garcia, the last Sox player to start back-to-back games in center and shortstop was Jose Valentin in 2001.
Garcia has done it this season and in 2013 and 2014.
*STUMPER ANSWER: Nellie Fox