Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

(Courtesy of Ian Martin)

The White Sox, winners of five straight and now just five games out, head north to face Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays in a two-game series starting Wednesday.

Opponent: Toronto Blue Jays
Record: 52-483, 3rd place (AL East)
Place: Sky Dome
Time & TV: Game 1: 6:05 p.m. (FSN+); Game 2: 6:05 p.m. (FSN)
2002 Record vs. Sox: 0-0
2003 Record vs. Sox: 3-4

THE LATEST
Something has to give; the White Sox are a bad road team, and the Blue Jays are below .500 at home, and since June 24, are 8-14 overall, putting them 10 games behind the first-place Yankees. Don't blame any of this on ACE Roy Halladay, who has won 14 straight decisions. You can blame number two man Corey Lidle for part of this as he has either given up six or more runs or pitched five or less innings in each of his last five starts (four losses).

WHO'S HOT (Last 7 Days)
Bobby Kielty, OF: .421 (8-19), 3 RBI, 2 HR
--Bobby Kielty is absolutely devastating against the White Sox and has been impressive since coming over to the Jays earlier this month. Kielty is facing Mark Buehrle on Wednesday, a pitcher he has a career .375 average with two home run's against.

WHO'S NOT (Last 7 Days)
Eric Hinske, 3B: 4-17, 4 RBI
--The 2002 Rookie of the Year, has been going through a sophomore slump, and has many people wondering if he was anything more than just a flash in a pan.

PITCHING PROBABLES
Game #1:
Mark Buehrle (8-10, 4.10) vs. Roy Halladay (14-2, 3.33)
--In the beginning of the week, the White Sox looked to be lucky, with Roy Halladay scheduled to pitch a day before the start of their series. However, a rainout has moved him back a day and into a duel against Mark Buehrle. Halladay has not received a loss on his record April 15th; can the Sox be the team to ruin his streak?

Game #2:
Jon Garland (7-7, 4.51) vs. Kelvim Escobar (6-6, 4.47)
--Jon Garland could be the hottest of all White Sox starters and if the White Sox want to keep their pennant hopes alive, he's going to need to stay that way.

KEY TO THE SERIES
Beat Roy Halladay, if the Sox can find a way to beat the right-hander, not only will it be a huge boost of confidence, it should lead them in the direction of a two-game sweep and a seven-game win streak.

Mario Scalise contributed to this piece

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