White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana would like to pick up where he left off in his last outing, while D-backs lefty Wade Miley wants to stop a troubling trend.
The two will square off Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field when the D-backs and White Sox meet for the second game of this three-game series.
Quintana got a no-decision in his last start against the Cubs on Monday at Wrigley Field, though he certainly deserved better.
In what was probably his finest outing of the year, the lefty held the Cubs to just one hit -- a leadoff single to Jeff Samardzija in the sixth -- over seven innings in a game his team ended up winning in 12 innings.
"I definitely thought he was pretty good on that day," White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers said. "Fastball command big time was on. He was able to get ahead of guys, which makes all of his other stuff that much better. He spotted up fairly well. We got early contact which is always nice to have too."
The cold temperature at Wrigley Field that night played a part in the success, but it would be wrong to assume it was the main reason.
"The conditions kind of make it a little bit easier to take some shots in some different situations or different locations," Flowers said. "Where maybe especially at Wrigley on a normal day, you might be more hesitant to throw a couple. But no, I definitely think he was very on that day."
Miley, on the other hand, has left his last two starts frustrated with his inability to take advantage of what his offense has given him.
Two starts ago against the Rockies, Miley's offense rallied three times to tie the game, and on each occasion, Miley allowed the Rockies to score in their very next at-bat. It was a game the D-backs would go on to lose, 8-5.
Then his last time out against the Padres, the D-backs overcame a 1-0 deficit with a three-run rally in the top of the fourth. Miley, though, went right out and gave the lead back in the bottom half of the frame and the Padres went on to win, 4-3.
"That one inning I gave up a run, they scored three so at least in that inning I have to shut the door and I let them answer right back and gave them the momentum back," Miley said. "It's so huge. It goes overlooked a little bit. You score runs and you go shut down an inning and get your offense right back out there it's huge. You might get four or five more runs the next inning."
D-backs: Eaton keeps track of former mates
White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton, who came over from the D-backs in a three-team trade in December, has kept track of his former team's struggles through the first six weeks of the season.
"A lot of friends over in that clubhouse," Eaton said. "It's been tough for them for sure. Every chance I get I try to watch and key in. I talk to A.J. [Pollock] quite a bit and my wife is very good friends with his fiancé, and they talk quite a bit. I try to stay in touch as much as possible. They're a good team. You can't keep a good dog down too long. I think they'll be just fine."
Before going on the 15-day disabled list recently, Eaton was hitting .276 with a .363 on-base percentage.
"The fresh start here has been great," Eaton said. "I've fallen right in line with these guys. I've played decently well. I think the average needs to be higher and I'd like to have some more stolen bases, but dealing with my legs a little bit here early."
White Sox: Injuries won't slow Ventura's crew
By the second weekend of May, White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn't expect to be talking about his team's injuries more than or at least as much as his team's 2014 resurgence. But the list of battered and bruised White Sox players including Avisail Garcia, Chris Sale, Felipe Paulino, Jeff Keppinger, Nate Jones and Eaton took on Jose Abreu on Friday, with the first baseman bothered by left ankle soreness.
Abreu played through the pain in Friday's victory, soreness that clearly hampered his running. Ventura moved him into the designated hitter's slot for the night and will continue to juggle the available players until his team is as close to 100 percent healthy as possible.
"I don't know if you sit there and plan for it. You don't plan on guys getting hurt," Ventura said. "You definitely don't plan on a guy like Garcia going down and having to have shoulder surgery.
"Pitchers, you have an idea going into a season that you will have to have more than 12 pitchers for a season. Player wise you don't necessarily think that way. You would imagine most everybody would get through a season, but every once in a while there are situations where it just happens and every other day something happens to somebody.
"But guys have been able to step up, fill in and do enough to win games," Ventura said. "That's part of playing. It's next guy up and trying to make something happen."
Ventura could use Paul Konerko in place of Abreu at first on Saturday.
"It's kind of a patchwork job of trying to get through it and make sure everybody is playing where they're supposed to be and you're putting a quality lineup out there," Ventura said.
• Abreu plans to frame his regional Sports Illustrated cover and present it to his mother as a present when she arrives in the United States.
• Abreu used a soccer reference in explaining his first exposure to the Cubs/White Sox crosstown rivalry.
"You play the Barcelona-Madrid kind of deal where everybody puts a lot of expectations and competes," said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "I think that was what we did here.
"It was a good thing we came out in front, but everybody came out hard and that's the most important thing. It was a great spectacle. It was a great thing."
• D-backs closer Addison Reed said returning to Chicago was not as awkward as he thought it might be given he had the chance to see his former teammates not that long ago.
Reed was dealt to Arizona during the offseason for third base prospect Matt Davidson.
"I saw most of these guys a couple months ago for Spring Training in Arizona," he said.
• D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was happy to get a chance to catch up with Eaton prior to Friday's game.
"I loved him," Gibson said. "I like guys that have a little bit of attitude and they press the issue, scrappy. He played with an edge."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.