|KANSAS CITY ( SANTANA )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( PEAVY )
|915||KANSAS CITY||+125||Ov 7.5,-110||+130||Ov 7.5,+105|
|916||CHI WHITE SOX||-135||Un 7.5,-110||-140||Un 7.5,-125|
|Past 7 Games||0-1||-1||0-1||0.0||0.219||0.286||1.0||0.250||0.273|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-0||+1||0-1||1.0||0.250||0.273||0.0||0.219||0.286|
|Past 7 Games||1-0||+1||0-1||1.0||0.250||0.273||0.0||0.219||0.286|
|4/1/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||0-1||L||125||7 un||U||7||8||0||8||8||0|
|4/3/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|4/4/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/1/2013||SALE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-0||W||-135||7 un||U||8||8||0||7||8||0|
|4/3/2013||PEAVY(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|4/4/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-White Sox Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Kansas City (0-1) at Chicago (1-0), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Despite a losing record, Jake Peavy has plenty to build on from last season.
Just not his performances against the Kansas City Royals.
The veteran right-hander looks to deliver another strong outing by a Chicago White Sox pitcher and reverse his fortune against the visiting Royals on Wednesday.
Peavy went 11-12 in 2012 but finished ninth in the AL with a 3.37 ERA, and maybe more importantly, he made 32 starts and pitched 219 innings. He had not made more than 18 starts in any of the previous five years because of injuries. Peavy last pitched more than 200 innings in 2007, when he won the Cy Young Award for San Diego.
His record could have been better if not for a four-start stretch in June when his teammates scored a combined two runs. He lost each game despite a 2.70 ERA.
"I do have some mileage, and we don't know what the future holds, but I'm going to do everything I can do to stay healthy," Peavy, who turns 32 next month, told the White Sox's official website. "I do feel my stuff's a little bit better than it has been at any point in time here. And I hope to fall right in behind Chris (Sale) and be a top-of-the-rotation guy."
He could have a hard time matching the opening-day performance by Sale, who struck out seven in 7 2-3 innings of a 1-0 win over Kansas City on Monday.
In his first five career starts versus the Royals, Peavy went 4-1 with a 3.77 ERA. Since then, he's 0-6 with a 5.56 ERA in seven. His 5.68 ERA in three games against them last year was his worst versus any opponent he faced more than once, and Kansas City hit .346 in those matchups.
"There's not a whole lot of name recognition over there, but they got guys who can really, really play and they're going to be right in the middle of things," Peavy said.
Kansas City's Billy Butler, Alcides Escobar, Jeff Francoeur and Alex Gordon are batting a combined .389 with five homers against Peavy. Escobar and Francoeur each had two hits in the opener while Gordon and Butler combined to go 1 for 6.
Catcher Tyler Flowers homered for the White Sox, who look to start 2-0 for the second time in three seasons. Flowers, who the team felt was finally ready to replace popular veteran A.J. Pierzynski, has hit three of his 13 career home runs against the Royals.
"If every day could be like (opening day), it'll be fine," Flowers said. "I really don't think about it much. Hopefully, in a couple weeks or a couple months, I'll quit getting asked all these questions about A.J."
Chicago gets it first look at Ervin Santana in a Kansas City uniform Wednesday.
The right-hander went 96-80 with a 4.33 ERA in 236 games over eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. However, he went 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA in 2012 and was traded to Kansas City.
"Everything was good. I just (had) bad luck," Santana said of his struggles last season. "I was pitching good, and I didn't have the opportunity to win a lot of games."
Santana, who went 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in six spring training starts, is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in his last three at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chicago's Alexei Ramirez is batting .364 versus Santana, but Paul Konerko is 7 for 37 (.189), including the postseason, and Adam Dunn 1 for 10. Ramirez had two hits Monday, but Konerko and Dunn were each 0 for 4.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 7:23:53 AM EST|