|TAMPA BAY ( HELLICKSON )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SALE )
|917||TAMPA BAY||+130||Ov 7.5,+105||+115||Ov 7,+100|
|918||CHI WHITE SOX||-140||Un 7.5,-125||-125||Un 7,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-1||+5.1||3-4||5.0||0.271||0.318||2.0||0.191||0.272|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.9||3-3||4.9||0.265||0.320||2.7||0.203||0.255|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-9||-2.8||3-12||2.9||0.215||0.260||3.4||0.218||0.283|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||0-6||3.0||0.189||0.267||2.6||0.196||0.277|
|4/13/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||1-2||L||110||8 un||U||6||7||1||7||8||0|
|4/14/2013||COBB(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||0-5||L||125||8.5 un||U||3||5||1||8||5||0|
|4/15/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||2-3||L||135||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||4||3||0|
|4/16/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ARRIETA(R)||4-5||L||110||9 un||P||6||7||1||6||6||0|
|4/17/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||6-2||W||-120||8 ev||P||11||7||0||5||8||0|
|4/18/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||6-10||L||-130||7.5 ov||O||11||9||0||14||3||1|
|4/22/2013||MOORE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-1||W||-130||7 un||U||7||3||1||2||4||1|
|4/23/2013||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-4||L||-180||7 un||P||7||4||0||9||5||0|
|4/24/2013||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-0||W||-135||7 un||U||8||8||0||4||4||1|
|4/25/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||MOORE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||PRICE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||COBB(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|5/2/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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||SALE(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||PEAVY(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||FLOYD(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||AXELROD(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/30/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||SALE(L)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|5/2/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS typo in 10th graph)
*Rays-White Sox Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (9-11) at Chicago (7-12), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Coming off a rare win, the Chicago White Sox are hoping to keep things going behind Chris Sale.
The Tampa Bay Rays are surely feeling good about giving the ball to Jeremy Hellickson, too.
Runs could be at a premium Thursday night when Sale takes the mound opposite Hellickson in the opener of a four-game set at U.S. Cellular Field.
After dropping four straight and 10 of their previous 13, the White Sox (8-12) salvaged a rain-shortened two-game split against Cleveland with Wednesday's 3-2 win. Jose Quintana pitched effectively into the sixth inning and Alex Rios hit his team-leading sixth homer.
"I'm happy about the victory," Quintana said. "We needed to get that win. It's a start. We need to keep it going through the next games."
Chicago now turns to Sale (1-2, 4.50 ERA), who's dropped his last two starts - both on the road. The left-hander was tagged for a career-high eight runs over 4 1-3 innings against the Indians on April 13, then surrendered three over seven frames last Thursday in a 3-1 loss to Toronto.
"So far so good," Sale told the team's official website. "I'm just following the plans that I have here. In the weight room and in the training room. Maybe doing a few different things. ... But my last four starts I felt good. Leading up to this one, I feel like I'm right on track."
Sale has to like his chances of bouncing back at home, where he's gone 9-1 with a 1.94 over 13 starts dating to last season. His only loss over that stretch came in a 10-4 defeat to the Rays on Sept. 29, during which he allowed five runs over 3 1-3 innings.
Sale was superb in his only other start versus Tampa Bay (10-11), striking out a career-best 15 over 7 1-3 innings in a 2-1 road win May 28.
Hellickson (1-1, 3.55) turned in an outstanding performance of his own Saturday, scattering three hits and striking out six over seven innings in a 1-0 victory over Oakland.
"Honestly, I felt as good this game as I had in the other games. As long as I think I'm making them string some hits together and making them keep the ball in the yard, I think I can do that a lot," he told MLB's official website. "I think the biggest thing was throwing strikes and getting ahead of hitters."
Hellickson is 0-4 despite a 2.52 ERA over his last six road starts dating to August. He yielded three runs and a career worst-tying nine hits over 5 2-3 innings of a 3-1 loss at Chicago on Sept. 28 - his only appearance in the series.
Hellickson will try to build on Alex Cobb's masterful performance in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees. Cobb came within two outs of his second career shutout, leading the Rays to their fifth win in six games.
Tampa Bay has allowed just nine runs over that stretch while limiting the opposition to a .170 average.
That doesn't bode well for the White Sox, who despite winning Wednesday have scored just 10 runs while hitting .166 over their last five contests.
"Usually, you're going to see two to three guys probably struggle at any time. But when it's a group and you're not getting it done consistently, it's tough on everybody," manager Robin Ventura said. "Eventually, it moves on and you just keep playing. I guess that's why we have so many games. You just have to be patient enough to wait for it."
White Sox fans could be running out of patience with Adam Dunn, who's mired in a 1-for-38 slump and is batting .100. He's struck out 13 times while going hitless in 21 at-bats over his last six games against the Rays.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 1:30:51 AM EST|