|CHI WHITE SOX ( QUINTANA )|
CLEVELAND ( MASTERSON )
|965||CHI WHITE SOX||+125||Ov 8,-115||+135||Ov 7.5,+100|
|966||CLEVELAND||-135||Un 8,-105||-145||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-4||-0.2||2-5||3.5||0.248||0.278||3.9||0.237||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||3-3||4.1||0.253||0.285||5.3||0.276||0.341|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-3||-1.2||3-1||5.5||0.276||0.323||7.0||0.271||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.8||4-3||4.4||0.256||0.324||6.7||0.265||0.345|
|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)||2-5||L||140||8 un||U||9||5||0||11||7||0|
|4/11/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||4-7||L||130||8 ov||O||13||11||1||10||8||0|
|4/12/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|4/13/2013||SALE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/2/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||4-1||W||165||8.5 ov||U||7||7||1||4||6||0|
|4/3/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||3-2||W||160||9 un||U||10||10||0||5||5||1|
|4/4/2013||MYERS(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||8-10||L||175||9 ov||O||14||10||2||9||6||1|
|4/5/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-4||L||145||7.5 un||U||2||4||1||7||3||0|
|4/6/2013||BAUER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-6||L||150||8 un||U||5||6||0||9||12||0|
|4/7/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||13-0||W||180||7 un||O||17||6||0||4||8||0|
|4/8/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||6-11||L||-120||8.5 un||O||9||10||1||13||5||0|
|4/9/2013||CARRASCO(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||1-14||L||+110||8 un||O||7||8||2||18||7||0|
|4/12/2013||MASTERSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|4/13/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Chicago (4-4) at Cleveland (3-5), 7:05 p.m. EDT
While his name isn't likely to come up in Cy Young chatter, Justin Masterson has already gotten the best of both of last year's winners.
Another impressive performance could be just what Cleveland needs to get back on track.
Hoping to avoid opening 0-3 at home for the first time in 17 years, the slumping Indians renew their season series against the Chicago White Sox in the first of three Friday night.
Although things haven't gone the Indians' way thus far, Masterson (2-0, 0.69 ERA) has proven to be a rare bright spot. The right-hander gave up one run over six innings opposite R.A. Dickey in a 4-1 victory at Toronto on April 2, then struck out eight over seven innings of two-hit ball opposite David Price in Sunday's 13-0 win at Tampa Bay.
"He really showed his colors," manager Terry Francona told MLB's official website.
Masterson recorded 10 groundball outs and retired the final 13 batters he faced last weekend.
"The boys came out and they just bamboozled," he said. "They played good defense, made some good plays out there. ... And they were putting runs on the board, and it makes the job on the pitcher a lot easier."
Aside from Sunday's victory, though, runs haven't been easy to come by. Loser in five of six, Cleveland (3-5) has scored one or zero runs in three of its last five games, including Tuesday's 14-1 defeat to the New York Yankees.
The Indians, who also fell 11-6 the night before, saw the final two games of that series get postponed due to weather.
"When things come at you, you try to take anything that could remotely be a negative and turn it into a positive," said Francona, whose club allowed a whopping 31 hits against the Yankees. "So that's what we're trying to do."
The Indians are 0-2 at home for the fifth straight season, and haven't lost their first three in Cleveland games since 1996.
The White Sox (4-5), meanwhile, will try to avoid opening 0-4 on the road for the first time since 1978 after getting swept at Washington. Chicago had a season-high 13 hits but went 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position in Thursday's 7-4 loss.
The White Sox will try to bounce back behind Jose Quintana (0-0, 11.25), who's hoping to come out with better stuff after getting knocked around in last Friday's 10-inning 8-7 loss to Seattle. Tagged for six runs and eight eights, Quintana was pulled after pitching to seven batters and failing to record an out in the fifth inning.
The left-hander went 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in three games - one start - against the Indians last season.
Masterson is 4-5 in 15 starts against the White Sox despite a 2.76 ERA. No one in baseball has more at-bats against him than Alexei Ramirez, who's 6 for 37 (.162).
Indians catcher Carlos Santana, who suffered a bruised thumb after getting hit by a pitch behind the plate Monday, doesn't appear quite ready to return. He's gone 13 for 26 with two homers in seven games.
Chicago has won 28 of 43 meetings against Cleveland, including eight of the last 11.
The White Sox placed second baseman Gordon Beckham on the disabled list Thursday with a broken bone in his left wrist. He's expected to miss roughly six weeks.
Chicago will also be without pitching coach Don Cooper, who is still hospitalized with an intestinal illness.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:48:49 PM EST|