|TAMPA BAY ( HERNANDEZ )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( PEAVY )
|971||TAMPA BAY||+130||Ov 7.5,-120||+130||Ov 7.5,+100|
|972||CHI WHITE SOX||-140||Un 7.5,+100||-140||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-10||-8.7||4-6||3.1||0.209||0.288||4.7||0.246||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||2-3||4.3||0.248||0.305||2.0||0.180||0.246|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-9||-1.8||3-12||3.0||0.216||0.264||3.4||0.215||0.281|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||0-5||3.1||0.200||0.274||2.4||0.180||0.272|
|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)||2-5||L||120||7 un||P||5||6||0||7||5||0|
|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||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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)||5-2||W||-130||7 un||P||7||5||0||5||6||0|
|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||PEAVY(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-White Sox Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (10-11) at Chicago (8-12), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Chicago White Sox are showing signs of life after a rough two-week stretch.
They have to like their chances of keeping things going if Adam Dunn can get hot.
Dunn and the White Sox go for a season-best third consecutive win Friday night as they continue a four-game set against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.
Chicago (9-12), which had lost four straight and 10 of 13 before beating Cleveland 3-2 on Wednesday, saw its momentum carry over the following night in a 5-2 series-opening victory. The White Sox backed Chris Sale with three runs in the first inning before Dunn added some insurance with a two-run homer in the sixth.
Dunn entered Thursday mired in a 1-for-38 slump and has collected just eight hits in 74 at-bats this season (.108). Half of them, though, have left the yard.
"It's hard to sit here and tell everybody you feel good and the results aren't there, but I do feel good. I have felt good for the most part of the season," said Dunn, who led the team with 41 homers in 2012. "Obviously the results aren't where I want them."
The White Sox improved to 29-12 since the start of last season when Dunn goes deep.
Tampa Bay (10-12), meanwhile, dropped to 2-8 on the road, where it is batting a major league-worst .193. Desmond Jennings, Ryan Roberts and Ben Zobrist - the team's 1-2-3 hitters Thursday - went a combined 0 for 10.
Zobrist is hitting .143 on the road and Roberts .105.
The Rays could have a hard time bouncing back against Jake Peavy (2-1, 3.20 ERA), who is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA over two home starts. The right-hander walked four but was otherwise on his game Saturday in a 2-1, 10-inning loss to Minnesota, allowing one run while striking out nine over seven innings.
"Peavy as advertised. We know he's always tough," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He seems to ad-lib and kind of figure things out as he's going along during a game. He can come from so many angles and throw so many pitches."
Peavy has mixed results over four career starts against the Rays, going 2-1 with a 5.25 ERA. While Evan Longoria and Kelly Johnson are a combined 2 for 19 against Peavy, Zobrist is 4 for 7 with a homer and two doubles.
The Rays counter with Roberto Hernandez (1-3, 4.74). The right-hander had allowed a combined 15 runs in losing his first three starts before surrendering three hits and striking out seven over six innings of one-run ball Sunday in an 8-1 victory over Oakland.
"Good for him, man," manager Joe Maddon said. "I really think that's something for him to build off of. I'm sure the confidence needed a booster, and that's a booster shot right there."
Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez's win was his first since beating the White Sox on Sept. 20, 2011, while with Cleveland.
"Wow! A long time," he said.
Hernandez is 9-2 despite a shaky 4.85 ERA over his last 12 starts versus Chicago. Dunn has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats against him with three doubles and a homer, and Konerko is 8 for 22 lifetime with two home runs.
While Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger, who spent last season with Tampa Bay, has three straight two-hit games and is batting .464 against the Rays - by far his highest mark against any opponent.
Tampa Bay's Yunel Escobar is unlikely to be available after sitting out Thursday with a tight right hamstring. The struggling shortstop is hitting .164.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:17:46 AM EST|