|CHI WHITE SOX ( FLOYD )|
WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )
|979||CHI WHITE SOX||+140||Ov 7.5,+100||+155||Ov 7.5,-120|
|980||WASHINGTON||-150||Un 7.5,-120||-165||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-2||+1.8||1-4||3.7||0.230||0.267||3.2||0.206||0.260|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||2-4||4.1||0.241||0.282||3.9||0.233||0.287|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-2||+2.2||4-2||3.8||0.244||0.315||5.7||0.281||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||4-2||4.1||0.250||0.320||5.0||0.276||0.327|
|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)||7-8||L||135||7 un||O||11||6||1||13||4||1|
|4/10/2013||FLOYD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|4/11/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/5/2013||HAREN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-15||L||115||8 un||O||5||8||2||19||6||0|
|4/6/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||7-6||W||120||8.5 un||O||10||6||3||13||11||0|
|4/7/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||3-6||L||100||7 un||O||8||7||1||11||13||0|
|4/9/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||8-7||W||-145||7 un||O||13||4||1||11||6||1|
|4/10/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)|| |
|4/11/2013||HAREN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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.
|WASHINGTON: HITTING: The Nats were among the eight worst teams in the majors in runs (3.88 per game), BA (.242), OBP (.309) and OPS (.691). Much of that had to do with the first two spots in the batting order hitting .285 OBP and .283 OBP respectively. OF ROGER BERNADINA (.301 OBP) and SS IAN DESMOND (.298 OBP) were the regular 1-2 hitters in the order. $126 million OF JAYSON WERTH was also to blame, batting .232 with a meager 58 RBI in 561 at-bats. 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN also missed two months with an abdominal problem and had a down year with 12 HR and 49 RBI in 101 games. But OF MIKE MORSE had a breakout season, leading the Nats in batting (.303), HR (31) and RBI (95). 1B ADAM LaROCHE suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in June, but should be fully healed. Washington is counting on a pair of talented 24-year-olds to contribute a little more in 2B DANNY ESPINOSA (.236 BA, 21 HR) and C WILSON RAMOS (15 HR in 389 AB). |
STARTING PITCHING: STEPHEN STRASBURG is back fully healed from Tommy John surgery, but will reportedly be limited to 160 innings in 2012. That's still enough time to strike out 150 batters and win a dozen games though. In sending four quality prospects to Oakland, the Nats paid a huge price for GIO GONZALEZ. They hope he can overcome his control issues and become an elite No. 2. Well-traveled EDWIN JACKSON was also brought in to help bolster the rotation. He joins his sixth different club since 2008, but Jackson is just 28 years old and was serviceable after being traded to St. Louis last year (5-2, 3.58 ERA). JORDAN ZIMMERMANN was in the same boat as Strasburg last year, coming off elbow surgery and limited to 161.1 innings. But in that time, he had a team-best 3.18 ERA and 4.0 K-to-BB ratio (124 K, 31 BB). JOHN LANNAN remains the top lefty in the Nats rotation with a team-high 10 wins in 2011. He dominated left-handed hitters last year (.211 BA, 55 K in 185 AB), but still needs to improve his weak 1.4 K-to-BB ratio (106 K, 76 BB).
RELIEF PITCHING: DREW STOREN had a phenomenal first year as a full-time closer, saving 43-of-48 games with a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74 K in 75.1 innings. His role will remain the same in 2012 once he returns from the 15-day DL (elbow) to start the season. Newcomer BRAD LIDGE was limited to 25 innings because of shoulder problems last year, but he appears to be the closer until Storen returns. The Nats have arguably the best set-up man in the game in TYLER CLIPPARD, who led the majors with 38 holds and posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.84 WHIP for the season. He held opponents to a .162 average and fanned 104 batters in 88.1 innings of work. Lefty SEAN BURNETT saw a huge decline in his numbers, as his ERA rose from 2.14 to 3.81 and his WHIP jumped from 1.14 to 1.32. This was mostly due to a diminishing strikeout rate (8.9 to 5.2 last year).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Nationals Preview* =============================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
Chicago (4-2) at Washington (4-2), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The advent of year-long interleague play is one of the biggest changes to baseball.
While Washington's Jordan Zimmermann probably welcomes the early look at the American League, Adam Dunn isn't a big fan of losing the designated hitter in an NL ballpark.
Zimmermann looks to continue his mastery over the Junior Circuit when he takes the ball Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox, who are expected to have Dunn back in their lineup.
In his season debut Thursday, Zimmermann (1-0, 1.50 ERA) gave up eight hits and allowed at least one baserunner in each of the six innings he pitched but was able to hold Miami to a run in a 6-1 victory.
"It's one of those days where I had to battle," the right-hander told the Nationals' official website.
He might have an easier time against Chicago (4-3).
In 11 career interleague starts, Zimmermann has a 1.99 ERA - the fourth-lowest among qualifying pitchers since 2009. The White Sox are among the AL teams he has shut down, as he threw seven scoreless innings in his lone start against them in 2011.
Dunn went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in that game, and will likely be back in the lineup to face his former teammate with the Nationals in 2009 and '10.
In making his first trip back to Nationals Park since becoming a free agent following 2010, Dunn was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season in Tuesday's series-opening 8-7 loss. He had made five starts at DH and one at first base while batting cleanup in Chicago's first two series.
Asked what he thinks about the different DH rules in baseball's two leagues, Dunn replied: "I do have an opinion. But I'd like to keep it to myself, because I like my job."
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said it was "more than likely" Dunn, who has two homers and three RBIs, would play in the field Wednesday.
Paul Konerko moved into the cleanup spot and played first base Tuesday, hitting a three-run homer in the seventh inning to bring the White Sox within 6-5.
Alex Rios homered in his fourth straight game, and he's batting .407 with seven RBIs on the season. He is also hitting .412 with nine RBIs in his last seven games versus the Nationals.
Washington (5-2) had four homers Tuesday, with Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond each going deep and Adam LaRoche hitting two. LaRoche homered in consecutive at-bats to end an 0-for-15 start to the season.
"We've got a really balanced lineup. That's something that we have that most teams don't. It's tough on matchups. It's tough on pitchers, really," said Werth, who has three homers and seven RBIs over the last five games. "There's not really an easy spot in our lineup."
The leadoff spot has been capably manned by offseason acquisition Denard Span, who has a .484 on-base percentage. The former Twin is a career .486 hitter (17 for 35) against scheduled Chicago starter Gavin Floyd (0-1, 3.00).
Floyd gave up four hits and three runs - all in the fifth inning - and was taken out after six in Thursday's 3-1 loss to Kansas City.
"I've been working on a lot of stuff and felt like it came together pretty well," the righty told the White Sox's official website.
Like Zimmermann, Floyd has pitched well in interleague play, recording a 2.79 ERA in 17 starts. In his last outing against the Nationals in 2010, he gave up a run over eight innings.
White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham left Tuesday with nerve irritation in his left wrist, and he expects to miss "a couple of days."
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 7:25:06 PM EST|