|CHI WHITE SOX ( SALE )|
TORONTO ( DICKEY )
|963||CHI WHITE SOX||+125||Ov 8,+105||+100||Ov 7.5,-115|
|964||TORONTO||-135||Un 8,-125||-110||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-6||-0.1||3-8||3.2||0.230||0.263||3.7||0.229||0.285|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||2-5||3.6||0.247||0.283||3.6||0.239||0.296|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-3||-3.9||2-1||1.3||0.240||0.269||8.7||0.325||0.388|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||2-5||3.0||0.229||0.286||4.9||0.275||0.340|
|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)||0-1||L||135||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||3||4||1|
|4/13/2013||SALE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||4-9||L||-125||7.5 un||O||7||5||0||9||6||1|
|4/14/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MYERS(R)||3-1||W||-125||8 un||U||8||5||0||6||5||1|
|4/15/2013||FLOYD(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||3-4||L||110||8.5 ov||U||10||8||0||10||8||0|
|4/16/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||4-3||W||140||9 un||U||5||6||0||9||5||0|
|4/17/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||7-0||W||115||8.5 ev||U||11||5||0||6||8||0|
|4/18/2013||SALE(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|4/25/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/9/2013||MORROW(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||3-7||L||110||8 ev||O||8||6||1||15||12||0|
|4/10/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||8-6||W||125||9 un||O||12||8||1||11||9||0|
|4/11/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||1-11||L||125||8 un||O||9||9||0||16||11||0|
|4/12/2013||HAPP(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||8-4||W||-110||8 un||O||8||4||0||5||4||3|
|4/13/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-2||W||125||7.5 un||U||2||1||0||8||9||0|
|4/14/2013||MORROW(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-3||L||110||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||10||9||1|
|4/15/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||4-3||W||-120||8.5 ov||U||10||8||0||10||8||0|
|4/16/2013||JOHNSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||3-4||L||-150||9 un||U||9||5||0||5||6||0|
|4/17/2013||HAPP(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||0-7||L||-125||8.5 ev||U||6||8||0||11||5||0|
|4/18/2013||DICKEY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/19/2013||MORROW(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|4/20/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||JOHNSON(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||HAPP(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||MORROW(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|4/25/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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.
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Blue Jays Preview* =============================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Chicago (6-8) at Toronto (6-8), 7:07 p.m. EDT
After getting hit hard in his first two starts, R.A. Dickey was solid his last time out.
Chris Sale, in contrast, is coming off the ugliest performance of his career.
Dickey takes the mound opposite Sale as the Toronto Blue Jays try to salvage a four-game split with the visiting Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
While Dickey (1-2, 5.82 ERA) entered this season with high expectations, the reigning NL Cy Young award winner compiled an 8.44 ERA through his first two turns in the rotation. The veteran knuckleballer, though, found his form Saturday in a 3-2 win at Kansas City, scattering five hits over 6 1-3 innings of one-run ball.
"We never could muster a consistent attack against Dickey," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "His knuckler was really dancing. We never could get any consistent momentum."
Though he was pleased with the effort, Dickey believes his best is yet to come.
"My posture was a little better for my mechanics, and that's something I feel I can build on," he told MLB's official website. "I still wasn't as sharp as I can be. I'm not all the way there, but I'm pretty close."
Dickey is 1-1 with a 14.14 ERA over two career starts against the White Sox (7-8), but he hasn't faced them since 2009. Paul Konerko and Alex Rios are a combined 7 for 20 against Dickey, each taking him deep twice.
Sale (1-1, 5.21), meanwhile, had recorded a 1.84 ERA over two home outings before getting knocked around Saturday in a 9-4 loss at Cleveland. The left-hander was tagged for a career-high eight runs before being pulled with one out in the fifth inning.
"Our team needed a better effort and deserved a better effort and I just didn't give it to them," he said. "I'm not here to make excuses. Just a bad day and I didn't get it done and I'll work these next four days and do everything I can to change this."
Sale is now 2-6 with a 6.32 ERA over his last eight road outings dating to July 21. He is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA over three career relief appearances versus Toronto (6-9).
It's unclear if Sale will have to face Jose Bautista, who's missed the last three games due to back spasms. The slugging right fielder is batting .200 (7 for 35) with three homers.
"The (doctors) don't think it's that big of a deal," manager John Gibbons said. "I don't want to sound like a broken record because we said that about his ankle, (but we want to) knock it out so it doesn't become an issue."
Bautista's absence was certainly felt in Wednesday's 7-0 loss. Rajai Davis, Edwin Encarnacion and Munenori Kawasaki each had two hits but the rest of the team went 0 for 24.
"We haven't really put it together yet. It's frustrating," said Gibbons, whose team dropped to 3-6 at home. "The guys are trying. It's one of those things, you've just go to fight through it. You can't say it's early anymore, really."
The White Sox, meanwhile, have won three of four on the road after opening 0-5. Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer and Rios added a solo shot, his team-leading fifth homer of the season.
"The offense was great, Tyler coming through like that, I think it was big for him," manager Robin Ventura said. "When you hit a home run like that, that's a big relief because you know you're helping out."
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 7:24:24 PM EST|