|MINNESOTA ( WORLEY )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( PEAVY )
|969||MINNESOTA||+160||Ov 8.5,+105||+155||Ov 8.5,+105|
|970||CHI WHITE SOX||-170||Un 8.5,-125||-165||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-6||+1||5-6||3.9||0.235||0.313||4.0||0.282||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||4-3||4.0||0.254||0.320||5.9||0.302||0.337|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-7||-1.1||3-9||3.1||0.223||0.256||3.7||0.224||0.279|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||1-6||3.1||0.218||0.257||3.0||0.216||0.260|
|4/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||6-5||W||130||8.5 ov||O||9||8||1||11||7||2|
|4/7/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||4-3||W||170||9 ev||U||4||5||1||7||6||1|
|4/8/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||1-3||L||135||9 un||U||8||7||0||9||5||0|
|4/9/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-7||L||140||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||13||5||1|
|4/10/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||0-3||L||140||8.5 un||U||7||12||1||9||9||2|
|4/12/2013||WORLEY(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-16||L||+100||7.5 un||O||6||6||2||15||6||1|
|4/13/2013||DIAMOND(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-4||L||+115||7 ov||U||4||3||0||10||6||0|
|4/15/2013||CORREIA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||8-2||W||+120||8.5 un||O||12||8||1||9||6||1|
|4/16/2013||PELFREY(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||8-6||W||+125||9 un||O||15||11||1||10||6||0|
|4/20/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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)||1-3||L||100||7.5 ev||U||4||3||2||4||2||0|
|4/25/2013||PEAVY(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||FLOYD(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|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 (MINNESOTA-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-White Sox Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Minnesota (6-7) at Chicago (7-9), 3:05 p.m. EDT
Jake Peavy delivered a masterful performance for the Chicago White Sox his last time out.
He's been plenty sharp against the Minnesota Twins of late, too.
With Peavy looking to build on his latest outing, the White Sox try to continue their recent success against the Twins as these AL Central rivals begin a weather-shortened series Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Peavy (2-1, 3.93 ERA) was lights out Sunday, scattering five hits over seven innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 win at Cleveland. The right-hander struck out 11 to match his high from last season.
"He's not just throwing to one side of the plate," manager Robin Ventura told MLB's official website. "He'll mix it in on the inside part and backdoor you on the outside so I think he was just sharp today. He seemed to be hitting the glove."
Peavy has also been superb in winning four consecutive starts against the Twins (6-7), compiling a 1.73 ERA and striking out 23 in 26 innings. He's made things extremely difficult on Josh Willingham, who's hitless in 15 career at-bats in their matchups. Justin Morneau has also struggled, going 3 for 16.
As if facing Peavy wasn't daunting enough, Minnesota could be a bit rusty following three days off. The Twins, who saw Sunday's matchup against the Mets get postponed, went on to post back-to-back wins over the Angels before Wednesday's series finale was also called off due to weather.
After a scheduled off day, the opener of this set was postponed Friday due to a forecast of cold and windy weather.
"It's never really good to have that many off days, especially when you bang a game this time - you're going to play a lot of games in a row later," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Somewhere you're going to pay. But you can't fight this weather. It is what it is. But you'll be playing in better weather, which is a good thing. But the pitching gets a little out of whack here."
Given the unusual circumstances, the Twins will turn to Vance Worley (0-2, 10.50). Acquired from Philadelphia this offseason, Worley has been a disappointment thus far, and he was especially bad last Friday in a 16-5 loss to the Mets.
The right-hander surrendered a career-high nine runs before being removed after facing four batters and failing to record an out in the second inning.
"It's frustrating," he said. "Nobody likes to have that happen to them. So I'll have to make some adjustments this week so that I'm ready to go."
The White Sox (7-9) are coming off a four-game split with Toronto. Chris Sale was outpitched by R.A. Dickey in a 3-1 loss Thursday as Chicago finished a 3-7 road trip.
"It's been a long, rough trip," Ventura said, "so we are ready to go home and hopefully turn it around."
The White Sox are likely to be without Dayan Viciedo, who left Thursday's game with a left oblique strain. Viciedo is batting .333 with two homers and 13 RBIs in his last 11 matchups with the Twins.
Chicago has won 22 of the last 28 meetings with Minnesota. The White Sox took 14 of 18 last season, including the last four.
They will need to be wary of Joe Mauer, who's gone 16 for 31 with two homers and seven RBIs over the last seven games. Mauer is a career .320 hitter versus Chicago, and his 14 home runs in the series are his most against any opponent.
"When he gets hot, nobody can really stop him," second baseman Brian Dozier said. "He does some pretty neat things with the bat."
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:05:28 PM EST|