|CHI WHITE SOX ( FLOYD )|
CLEVELAND ( HUFF )
|973||CHI WHITE SOX||+100||Ov 9,+100||+105||Ov 9,+100|
|974||CLEVELAND||-110||Un 9,-120||-115||Un 9,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-24||-4.5||23-22||4.4||0.251||0.307||4.8||0.255||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.8||4-3||4.1||0.243||0.313||4.3||0.207||0.314|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-58||-5.8||51-53||4.4||0.257||0.323||5.0||0.262||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||5-2||6.1||0.280||0.365||5.1||0.244||0.305|
|9/19/2012||SALE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||0-3||L||-145||7.5 ov||U||9||11||1||9||8||0|
|9/20/2012||LIRIANO(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-4||L||105||8 un||U||9||7||0||7||5||1|
|9/21/2012||PEAVY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTANA(R)||2-6||L||120||7.5 un||O||5||4||0||9||5||0|
|9/22/2012||QUINTANA(L)||@ LA ANGELS||HAREN(R)||2-4||L||160||8 ev||U||8||5||2||7||7||0|
|9/23/2012||FLOYD(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||1-4||L||187||7.5 ev||U||6||7||0||7||2||0|
|9/27/2012||PEAVY(R)||TAMPA BAY||SHIELDS(R)||2-3||L||+105||8 un||U||8||10||0||5||3||0|
|9/28/2012||FLOYD(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-1||W||+105||8 ev||U||10||7||0||3||8||1|
|9/29/2012||SALE(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||4-10||L||-120||7.5 un||O||4||4||1||13||10||0|
|9/30/2012||QUINTANA(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||2-6||L||+155||7.5 ev||O||5||5||0||9||8||0|
|10/1/2012||SANTIAGO(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||11-0||W||-115||8.5 un||O||15||8||0||2||4||1|
|10/2/2012||PEAVY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||3-4||L||-110||8 un||U||9||8||1||8||5||0|
|10/3/2012||FLOYD(R)||@ CLEVELAND||HUFF(L)|| |
|9/21/2012||MASTERSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||3-6||L||100||8.5 ev||O||10||9||0||10||6||0|
|9/22/2012||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SMITH(L)||3-5||L||130||8.5 ev||U||10||9||1||9||8||1|
|9/23/2012||HUFF(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||ODORIZZI(R)||15-4||W||115||8.5 un||O||16||9||0||7||5||3|
|9/24/2012||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||4-5||L||230||8 un||O||13||7||0||7||3||1|
|9/25/2012||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LIRIANO(L)||4-3||W||175||9 ov||U||10||6||1||6||6||0|
|9/26/2012||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||6-4||W||145||9 un||O||9||14||1||8||9||0|
|9/28/2012||HUFF(L)||KANSAS CITY||SMITH(L)||8-5||W||-120||8.5 ev||O||16||11||1||11||6||1|
|9/29/2012||GOMEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||ODORIZZI(R)||6-7||L||-125||8.5 un||O||13||20||0||10||6||2|
|9/30/2012||MCALLISTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||HOCHEVAR(R)||15-3||W||-135||8.5 un||O||19||10||0||7||6||1|
|10/1/2012||KLUBER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||0-11||L||+105||8.5 un||O||2||4||1||15||8||0|
|10/2/2012||MASTERSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||4-3||W||+100||8 un||U||8||5||0||9||8||1|
|10/3/2012||HUFF(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)|| |
|CHI WHITE SOX: HITTING: The departure of Juan Pierre opens things up for SS ALEXEI RAMIREZ to hit leadoff. 2B GORDON BECKHAM will get a fresh start, but his leash is shortening. 1B PAUL KONERKO faded last year. He's potential trade bait for the rebuilding Sox. Did DH ADAM DUNN need a year to adjust to A.L. pitching and DHing? With his contract, the Sox will have to find out. OF ALEJANDRO DE AZA's late-season surge probably wasn't for real, but it was enough to get him the inside track on a starting job with Carlos Quentin having been dealt to the Padres on New Year's Eve. OF ALEX RIOS has bounced back before, but at his age the odds are longer now. The organization believes in OF DAYAN VICIEDO. His improving approach and power fit well in U.S. Cellular, but he could platoon with KOSUKE FUKUDOME in left field. C A.J. PIERZYNSKI has motivation for one more solid season as free agency looms. 3B BRENT MOREL is good glove, but has a limited stick. OF/1B BRENT LILLIBRIDGE has an improving bat and can play just about anywhere. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOHN DANKS doesn't look like a true No. 1 starter, but he keeps consistently throwing strikes and has some swing-and-miss stuff. Maybe it's because he's fallen short of his once-elite prospect status, but GAVIN FLOYD seems to get no respect as a quality middle-of-the-rotation arm. He was especially good after adding a cutter/slider-type pitch last year. JAKE PEAVY isn't going to win another Cy Young, but unlike last year, his shoulder should be close to 100 percent. The big question will again be whether, as a flyball pitcher, he can keep the ball in the park at cozy U.S. Cellular. PHILIP HUMBER was a nice surprise in 2011, but don't be fooled. It wasn't a former top prospect finally figuring it out. It was a back-of-the-rotation arm getting some good breaks. CHRIS SALE will make the move to the rotation. He'll likely be on some pitch counts, but this is an exciting development. With his stuff (he already has a solid changeup to go with his fastball/slider combo) he has monster upside.
RELIEF PITCHING: With closer Sergio Santos shipped off to Toronto, youngster ADDISON REED figures to be the top candidate to close games. Any young closer is a risk, but Reed's fastball/slider combo has been dominant over two pro seasons. Lefty MATT THORNTON might have blown his chance to claim the closer role last year. He had regained his form as a top set-up man late in the year, but if Reed falters he might be no more than a committee guy. JESSE CRAIN chased strikeouts more aggressively last year, but he also issued more walks. He may miss the first couple weeks of the season with an oblique injury.
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Indians Preview* ===========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Chicago (84-76) at Cleveland (67-93), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians were first-place teams at one point this season, but they'll both play their final game of 2012 on Wednesday night.
While neither team has much to play for, Indians interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. likely wants to make a lasting impression before interviewing for the permanent job later this week. The White Sox's Adam Dunn, meanwhile, would love to avoid a dubious record.
Cleveland looked like it might contend for its second AL Central title in 11 years during a 40-day stay in first place. Even after they dropped out of the lead, the Indians (68-93) were only 3 1/2 games back July 26 before falling apart.
They lost 11 straight after that - one shy of matching the franchise record set in 1931 - and 28 of 33 to fall 17 1/2 games out of first. That swoon cost Manny Acta his job Thursday, and Alomar Jr. took over for the final six games.
Cleveland closer Chris Perez said Tuesday that he thought Acta's laid-back style didn't help and the Indians need a more passionate leader.
"August wasn't baseball, it was pathetic - in all aspects," Perez said. "I'm not saying that a change earlier would have done anything, but sometimes we pressed the panic button. Why? A lot of things left you kind of scratching your head."
Alomar could get the chance to fill that role and is expected to make his case to the Indians on Thursday. The team is also slated to interview former Boston manager Terry Francona the next day.
"Anybody would want Terry," Alomar said. "What's not to like? I respect him, but I feel I am ready, too."
Dunn, meanwhile, could get the chance to help end a disappointing season for the White Sox (84-77) on a positive note. Chicago had a three-game lead over Detroit on Sept. 18 before dropping 11 of 14.
The slugger had two strikeouts in Tuesday's 4-3 loss in 12 innings, leaving him one shy of matching Mark Reynolds' major league record of 223 set with Arizona in 2009.
Like Reynolds, though, Dunn has topped 40 home runs while racking up those strikeouts after hitting only 11 in 2011. He's 2 for 2 with a homer and no strikeouts in three plate appearances against David Huff (3-0, 2.86 ERA).
Huff is hoping to return to the Indians' rotation next year after spending much of this season in the minors. He has tried to help his cause by winning consecutive outings, including 8-5 over Kansas City on Friday.
The left-hander is 2-1 with a 6.95 ERA in four starts against the White Sox, with the most recent coming Sept. 8, 2011.
Travis Hafner might play his final game with the Indians on Wednesday as the club is not expected to pick up his $13 million option after this season, his 10th in Cleveland. He hit a tying pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning Tuesday and Jason Donald drove in the winning run.
White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko might also get a chance to play before undergoing surgery to remove a bone fragment in his left wrist Thursday.
"The sooner the better," Konerko told the team's official website.
If he does get a chance to hit, Konerko will try to help Gavin Floyd (11-11, 4.47) finish with a winning record for the first time since he was a career-best 17-8 in 2008 for the White Sox.
Floyd gave up one run and two hits over five innings in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay on Friday. He won his only start against the Indians this season despite allowing five runs and 10 hits over five innings of a 12-6 victory May 27.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 11:30:52 PM EST|