|KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( FLOYD )
|961||KANSAS CITY||+110||Ov 8.5,-105||+105||Ov 8,-105|
|962||CHI WHITE SOX||-120||Un 8.5,-115||-115||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-1||-1||0-1||2.0||0.147||0.171||5.0||0.276||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||0-2||-2||0-2||1.0||0.182||0.229||3.0||0.262||0.297|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-0||+2||0-2||3.0||0.262||0.297||1.0||0.182||0.229|
|Past 7 Games||2-0||+2||0-2||3.0||0.262||0.297||1.0||0.182||0.229|
|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)||2-5||L||130||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||8||3||3|
|4/4/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)|| |
|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)||5-2||W||-140||7.5 un||U||8||3||3||5||6||0|
|4/4/2013||FLOYD(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|4/5/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ 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 PAUL DIGIACOMO STATS Senior Editor
Kansas City (0-1) at Chicago (1-0), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Kansas City Royals dominated Chicago in 2012 and aided in the White Sox's late collapse that cost them the AL Central title.
Chicago has sent an early message, and it looks to complete a season-opening three-game sweep of Kansas City on Thursday.
The White Sox led the division for 117 days last year before a 2-10 slide in late September dropped them three games behind Detroit. The Royals handed Chicago the first two of those losses, capping a 12-6 record in the season series.
Things have been much different so far in 2013.
Chicago beat the visiting Royals 1-0 in Monday's opener before coming away with a 5-2 victory Wednesday. Kansas City has a total of 12 hits - two for extra bases - while the White Sox have hit five homers.
"They have a great team. They have a great bunch of guys, and they play hard," Chicago starter Jake Peavy said after allowing one earned run in six innings Wednesday. "That team is scrappy. ... It's nice to come out (against) a team that's had our number as a team and play well."
The Royals are 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and have left 14 on base, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn't believe those struggles will continue.
"They're a good team," he said. "I don't think they're going to lay down."
Gavin Floyd will take the mound for Chicago after finishing last season in strong fashion. The right-hander went 12-11 with a 4.29 ERA in 29 starts, but he posted a 3-1 record and 2.52 ERA over his last four outings.
Floyd also had success against the Royals, winning both starts with a 1.23 ERA. He's 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last six starts versus Kansas City after going 1-7 with a 5.53 ERA in his first nine.
Jeremy Guthrie gets the ball as he begins his first full season with the Royals. The right-hander went 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts after being acquired from Colorado on July 19.
He was 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his final 11, starting with a 2-1 win at Chicago on Aug. 8. Guthrie faced the White Sox four times in the last two months of the season, going 1-0 with a 0.30 ERA while striking out 19 and walking two in 29 2-3 innings.
He was rewarded with a $25 million, three-year contract Nov. 20.
"Jeremy pitched very well for us," general manager Dayton Moore said. "He's someone we liked a great deal. We feel he can give us innings, give us consistency and everything you want in a starting pitcher."
Chicago hasn't swept a three-game set from Kansas City since July 9-11, 2010, and it will be trying to open with three straight wins for the first time since 1992.
The Royals, who haven't started 0-3 since losing their first four in 2001, had won 22 of 33 against the White Sox entering this season.
"We're still just getting our feet wet together," third baseman Mike Moustakas said. "This is game number two of the year. We went up against Chris Sale and Jake Peavy. Those are two pretty tough guys to go up against."
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:41:27 AM EST|