Not that right-hander Kirk McCaskill had a crystal ball and foresaw the Angels would struggle this season when he signed a three-year, $7-million contract with the White Sox, but . . .
"I'm glad I made the decision I did," said McCaskill, who will face the Angels tonight. "Any time you get out there between the white lines you never know what's going to happen, but I thought about what potentially could happen. They didn't sign Wally (Joyner) and boy, you don't realize what a really good hitter he is until you face him. They lose Wally and they don't sign a few guys and there wasn't much offense there last year."
McCaskill, who is 3-5 with a 4.15 earned-run average, has already faced the Angels, having earned a victory April 9. But tonight will be a special occasion because he will be matched against Jim Abbott, in whose honor he chose uniform No. 25 with Chicago.
"It'll be a thrill," McCaskill said. "It's going to be fun. . . . I want him to do well but lose and I know he thinks the same way."