To enhance the challenge of his first Major League start, Axelrod gets to face quite possibly the hottest team in Major League Baseball.
"I mean, that just adds to the excitement of it," Axelrod said. "It's a great opportunity to go against a team that's hot like that. It makes it that much better."
Axelrod, 26, posted a 9-3 record and 2.69 ERA over 26 combined appearances for Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. Twenty-four of those 26 games came as a starter, and Axelrod fanned 132 and walked a mere 35 in 150 2/3 innings. He has made one scoreless relief appearance for the White Sox since a Sept. 5. callup.
"First of all, it's whatever they need me to do," Axelrod said. "But I like starting. I like having a routine. It helps."