|SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SALE )
|923||SEATTLE||+155||Ov 7.5,+110||+145||Ov 7,-115|
|924||CHI WHITE SOX||-165||Un 7.5,-130||-155||Un 7,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-1||+1.3||2-1||4.0||0.220||0.278||4.3||0.238||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||+0.1||4-2||4.0||0.224||0.297||4.3||0.229||0.282|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+0.8||1-4||3.6||0.245||0.289||3.2||0.210||0.263|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||+0.8||1-4||3.6||0.245||0.289||3.2||0.210||0.263|
|4/1/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||ANDERSON(L)||2-0||W||105||6.5 un||U||5||6||0||3||6||1|
|4/2/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||7-1||W||120||7 ov||O||9||10||0||3||3||0|
|4/3/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||2-6||L||135||7.5 un||O||5||3||0||11||7||0|
|4/4/2013||MAURER(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||2-8||L||150||7.5 un||O||8||8||0||10||1||0|
|4/5/2013||BEAVAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||8-7||W||125||8.5 un||O||12||4||1||10||7||1|
|4/6/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||3-4||L||-135||7.5 un||U||6||6||1||6||4||1|
|4/7/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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)||1-3||L||-115||8 un||U||8||9||1||5||3||0|
|4/9/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|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 (SEATTLE-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-White Sox Preview* ============================
By DAN PIERINGER STATS Writer
Seattle (3-2) at Chicago (2-2), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Chris Sale didn't need much run support to win his first opening day start. But he'll happily take more of what Alex Rios has been providing the Chicago White Sox lately.
Sale looks to build on a strong debut and Rios tries to continue his hot streak as the White Sox finish a three-game series against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
In Chicago's opener Monday, Sale struck out seven in 7 2-3 innings and the White Sox (3-2) held on for a 1-0 win over Kansas City.
"That was fun, it was exciting. It was everything I thought it would be and more," Sale told the team's official website. "I did a real good job of kind of collecting myself and not getting too amped up too early or too late and it ended up being a pretty good day."
It was an auspicious debut for the 24-year-old left-hander after an eventful spring in which he signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract extension.
"I think a lot of stuff's been thrown at him in spring training," manager Robin Ventura said. "He gets the contract, he gets opening day. There's a lot of expectations of him, but that all comes with it."
Ventura added that Sale has "come along great" in spite of the heightened expectations.
Ventura has to be similarly pleased with Rios, who hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning Saturday to help Chicago to a 4-3 victory over Seattle (3-3).
Rios, who has homered in the last two games, has at least one hit in each of Chicago's games this season, stretching his hitting streak to 11 games dating to Sept. 26. He's 7 for 18 with four RBIs, three runs, three walks and two stolen bases in 2013.
"It's all about the confidence," said Rios, who hit .304 with 25 home runs and 91 RBIs last season \2013 all career highs. "When you have that confidence, you go up to the plate and you just think about seeing the ball and hitting the ball. You don't think about other things that kind of change your approach."
Rios is 0 for 2 in his career against Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma, who will make his second start Sunday. The right-hander, who was 8-4 with a 2.65 ERA as a starter in his rookie season, has a 1.80 ERA in two relief appearances against the White Sox.
Like Sale, Iwakuma delivered a strong performance in his 2013 debut, holding Oakland to one run and two hits while striking out seven in six innings of a 7-1 road victory. He settled down quickly after allowing a second-inning homer.
"After that home run, I said, 'I need to stay calm and be patient,'" Iwakuma said through a translator. "That got me in a groove."
Iwakuma said a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand was "a little tender" after the game, but the Mariners do not expect it to bother him Sunday.
Sale is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in four career games - two starts - against Seattle. He has struck out 21 Mariners over 17 2-3 innings in those contests.
That doesn't bode well for a Mariners team that stranded six runners and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position Saturday.
"We just weren't able to capitalize on some of the opportunities we created for ourselves," manager Eric Wedge said.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 3:01:49 AM EST|