White Sox at Blue Jays, 25-27 April

Monday, April 25 2016 @ 02:45 PM EDT

Contributed by: Magpie

That's the first place White Sox, by the way. The team with the best record in the American League. It's the return of Brett Lawrie, Dioner Navarro, and Melky Cabrera.

The White Sox have allowed just 47 runs in 19 games, and in games started by People Who Are Not John Danks they've gone 13-3 and allowed just 33 runs in 16 games. Which is pretty good. We won't see Danks in this series. Incidentally, let me enthusiastically recommend the second album by Danks' wife, Ashley Monroe  Best country record of 2015, even better than Chris Stapleton's. (Ashley's a little more old school C&W than her fellow Pistol Annies - Angaleena Presley's something of a contemporary singer-songwriter, and Miranda Lambert is just a star, running roughshod over all kinds of music, old and modern. The Annies are kind of a contemporary, female CSN, except the three women are all much more talented... What? Baseball? OK...

Veteran RH Miguel Gonzalez has been added to the Chicago roster to start against the Jays tonight, which bumps Danks out of the series. The White Sox didn't want to start three LH against Toronto? Gosh. As you doubtless recall, Gonzalez has been in the Baltimore rotation these last few years (39-33, 3.82). He did not pitch particularly well last season, and the Orioles released him this April. He signed a minor league deal with the White Sox a few days later and opened this season at AAA Charlotte. He's always pitched well against Toronto (7-3, 2.61 in 12 starts.)

The White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Charlotte to make room for Gonzalez. I would expect Toronto's Drew Hutchison to shuffle back to Buffalo, but I'm not aware that a move has been made at this point. Yesterday the White Sox have recalled Kevan Smith to back up Navarro, with Alex Avila hitting the DL.

Matchups? Sure...

Mon. Gonzalez (---, ---) vs Stroman (3-0, 4.13)
Tue. Sale (4-0, 1.80) vs Dickey (1-2, 6.10)
Wed. Quintana (2-1, 1.82) vs Estrada (1-1, 2.50),

All games start at 7;05