"It's nice to play well early, but again, you can play well early and then go into the All-Star break and it changes. In this league, every series is important. It's not the end of the world, but you want to play well, especially against a team that's as good as this and is in your division."The White Sox will travel west for another two-game series, as the team faces the Angels. Taking the mound for Chicago is one of the AL's hottest starting pitchers: Gavin Floyd. Floyd threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Royals on Friday, and owns a 1.26 ERA over his last four starts, which covers 28 2/3 innings. "I'm really just trying to be aggressive with whatever I'm throwing," Floyd said following Friday's start. "I'm trying to let the team field the ball. I'm just trying to simplify things." The trip to Angel Stadium will not be a long one, as the White Sox return to Chicago on Friday to play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. While the two-game series format is a regular occurrence with scheduling today, Ventura does not remember seeing it during his playing days. "I don't ever remember having just a two-game series," Ventura said. "But you get into the unbalanced schedule and you get to play in your division a lot. It is what it is. Just fly out and fly back. Those teams fly all the way across to the East Coast. It is what it is. Just fly out there and play and come back." Towing the rubber for the Angels on Wednesday is right-hander Jerome Williams. Williams took one for the team on Friday, entering in the first inning against the Rangers with the bases loaded and one out after a nearly two-hour rain delay. Pitching one day before he was scheduled to, Williams gave up six runs in 6 2/3 innings.
"It's not natural, but like I said before, I took the ball," Williams said about his last outing. "I have to go out there and perform well. That day, I didn't establish any first-pitch strikes, I kept the ball up and they were taking advantage of it. I just have to come back out there and work on throwing the ball back down hill."
Over his past three starts, Williams is 2-0 with a 3.22 ERA.
The Angels are coming off a two-game series against Oakland, and defeated the A's on Tuesday. Despite adding high-profile free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, the Angels continue to struggle to find consistency, sitting at five games under .500.
The Angels will be facing the White Sox with a new hitting coach, as the club dismissed hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, replacing him with Triple-A Salt Lake hitting coach Jim Eppard, after Tuesday's game.
The Angels got in front against Oakland and starting pitcher Bartolo Colon early on Tuesday. The team recorded 12 hits on the night in a 4-0 defeat of their AL West rivals. Following the two-game home series, the Angels will go on a 10-game road trip that will have them face the Padres, A's and Mariners.