|CHI WHITE SOX ( QUINTANA )|
TEXAS ( DARVISH )
|971||CHI WHITE SOX||+182||Ov 8,-110||+170||Ov 7.5,-125|
|972||TEXAS||-195||Un 8,-110||-180||Un 7.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-9||-0.8||4-12||3.1||0.218||0.263||3.4||0.218||0.283|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||3-2||3.6||0.211||0.294||4.9||0.243||0.321|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-3||+2.4||3-6||4.2||0.263||0.336||2.8||0.222||0.269|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||4-3||4.3||0.282||0.337||4.3||0.264||0.311|
|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)||5-4||W||-140||7.5 un||O||8||3||0||10||8||0|
|4/27/2013||FLOYD(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||4-10||L||+110||7 ov||O||9||10||1||19||14||1|
|4/28/2013||AXELROD(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-8||L||+125||7.5 un||O||6||4||2||8||6||0|
|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||FLOYD(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|4/16/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-2||W||-130||7.5 un||U||9||5||0||6||5||1|
|4/18/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||2-6||L||-135||10.5 un||U||4||0||0||13||10||0|
|4/22/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||7-6||W||105||8 ev||O||15||8||0||9||7||2|
|4/23/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||4-5||L||-105||8 un||O||8||9||1||10||6||1|
|4/24/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||ROTH(L)||11-3||W||-145||7.5 un||O||11||6||0||9||6||0|
|4/25/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||2-1||W||-105||8.5 un||U||10||9||0||8||6||0|
|4/26/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||4-3||W||-115||8.5 un||U||13||7||2||8||5||1|
|4/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||2-7||L||-135||8.5 ov||O||8||7||1||9||4||0|
|4/28/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||0-5||L||-120||8.5 ov||U||7||7||0||9||4||0|
|4/30/2013||DARVISH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/1/2013||TEPESCH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|5/2/2013||GRIMM(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/6/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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.
|TEXAS: HITTING: 2B IAN KINSLER will lead off again. A few less at-'em balls and he's an MVP candidate. SS ELVIS ANDRUS is coming along offensively, but his poor SB% could lead to fewer attempts. Injuries are the only thing that will keep OF JOSH HAMILTON out of the MVP discussion. He'll likely start declining at age 35, but DH MICHAEL YOUNG can't help but put up numbers batting cleanup in this lineup. 3B ADRIAN BELTRE was unstoppable in Arlington. Like Hamilton, he's an MVP candidate if healthy. Injuries are piling up for OF NELSON CRUZ, who still has monster power but doesn't run as much anymore. C MIKE NAPOLI is MLB's best offensive catcher and will play some 1B on 'off' days. Because their lineup is stacked, Texas can play defensive-minded/offensively limited 1B MITCH MORELAND. And because Ron Washington would prefer to play Hamilton in left, speedy CF CRAIG GENTRY looks to have the edge over DAVID MURPHY for the starting job in center. Cuban import LEONYS MARTIN will start the season in Triple-A, but JULIO BORBON could earn a significant OF role. |
STARTING PITCHING: COLBY LEWIS can overpower when he's on, but as a flyball pitcher in cozy Arlington he's going to have a handful of ugly days. The much-ballyhooed YU DARVISH brings a deep arsenal of pitches and a durable frame from Japan. He's probably the best Japanese arm to ever cross the Pacific. Lefty MATT HARRISON solidified his rotation spot. He has topped out as a respectable No. 3-type starter. DEREK HOLLAND has top-of-the-rotation upside. Consistency has been an issue, but hopefully another year and some big postseason moments helped to cure that. The big story is NEFTALI FELIZ moving to the rotation. He was considered a future ace in the minors, but the transition might not be easy. His K/BB ratio plummeted last year and his flyball tendencies could spell disaster in Arlington. Keep in mind the Rangers made a successful closer-to-ace switch with C.J. Wilson. Top prospect MARTIN PEREZ could be an option in the second half.
RELIEF PITCHING: Veteran JOE NATHAN was brought in and handed the closer's job. He struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but most pitchers who've had the procedure don't come all the way back until their second full season. If Nathan falters, MIKE ADAMS could be next in line. He had no trouble transitioning from pitcher-friendly San Diego in the National League to hitter-friendly Arlington and the A.L.'s superior bats. KOJI UEHARA would also be in the closer discussion if Nathan falters, but he was unhappy about being traded from Baltimore and faltered for the Rangers late last year. ALEXI OGANDO got a huge boost from his defense and his bullpen before a late-season collapse. He threw by far a career-high in innings; better stamina would allow him to take the next step and possibly rejoin the rotation.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Rangers Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Chicago (10-14) at Texas (16-9), 8:05 p.m. EDT
After calling Chicago home for eight seasons, A.J. Pierzynski has settled in nicely with the Texas Rangers.
Yu Darvish is especially glad to have him behind the plate.
Pierzynski faces his former team for the first time as the Rangers open a three-game set against the visiting White Sox on Tuesday night.
A fan favorite from 2005-12, Pierzynski helped lead Chicago to a World Series championship during his first year with the club. The two sides, though, went in different directions this offseason, with the White Sox (10-14) turning to Tyler Flowers and Hector Gimenez and Pierzynski signing a one-year deal with Texas (16-9).
"I don't know if it makes it any less strange or anything, or more strange," White Sox manager Robin Ventura told MLB's official website. "But you know it will be good to see him. He's chatty. I don't have to bat. So I don't have to listen to that part. I'm sure he'll be chatty."
Batting .303 with two homers during an eight-game hitting streak, Pierzynski has had arguably an even bigger impact behind the plate - especially when it comes to Darvish's development.
"He's an unselfish person, an unselfish catcher and he lets me lead the game," Darvish said through an interpreter. "He lets me pitch my game. I think he's a very good catcher and I really like pitching with him."
Darvish (4-1, 1.65 ERA) has been tremendous in his second season since coming over from Japan, striking out a major league-leading 49 over 32 2-3 innings. He struck out 11 and allowed three hits over six innings in Wednesday's 11-3 road win over the Los Angeles Angels, extending his scoreless innings streak to 18.
"This is about as dominant as I've seen someone," manager Ron Washington said. "This guy is finesse and power. He can do either of those, and because he can do either of those when he's on he can make good hitters look bad. When he's not on, he has enough in his repertoire that he can still hang in the ballgame."
The Rangers could surely use another dominant display from Darvish as they try to bounce back from back-to-back losses for the first time this season. Texas is coming off a four-game split at Minnesota after falling 7-2 on Saturday and 5-0 on Sunday.
"It's hard to win when you don't score any runs," Pierzynski said. "We really didn't have a lot of opportunities."
The Rangers, who prior to Monday hadn't had a day off since April 17, have gone 10 for 54 (.185) with runners in scoring position over their last six games.
"The off day is definitely needed," Washington said. "This is the big leagues. You can't be complaining about the schedule. We're not going to make any excuses."
The White Sox are also looking to avoid a third straight loss after splitting a four-game set against Tampa Bay. Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer in Sunday's 8-3 defeat, Chicago's sixth in nine games.
"We just have to keep grinding," Konerko said.
The White Sox turn to Jose Quintana (2-0, 2.78), who's won back-to-back starts and compiled a 0.96 ERA over his last three. The left-hander gave up two runs and four hits over five-plus innings Wednesday in a 3-2 win over Cleveland.
Quintana allowed one run, two hits and struck out a career-high eight over eight innings in a 2-1 win July 5 in his only appearance against Texas.
In his lone matchup versus Chicago, Darvish was tagged for six runs over 6 1-3 innings of a 9-5 defeat July 27.
The White Sox took six of nine from Texas last season, splitting six games in Arlington.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 9:15:53 PM EST|