|CHI WHITE SOX ( QUINTANA )|
KANSAS CITY ( DAVIS )
|921||CHI WHITE SOX||+105||Ov 8,-120||+125||Ov 7.5,-110|
|922||KANSAS CITY||-115||Un 8,+100||-135||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-11||-0.3||5-15||3.2||0.218||0.265||3.5||0.223||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||4-3||3.7||0.226||0.285||5.3||0.277||0.343|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-3||+0.7||2-4||3.3||0.231||0.299||3.8||0.240||0.286|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||4-2||4.9||0.277||0.335||4.4||0.282||0.315|
|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)||6-10||L||180||8 ov||O||10||8||2||12||5||0|
|5/1/2013||SALE(L)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||5-2||W||105||8.5 ov||U||8||3||0||9||9||0|
|5/2/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||3-1||W||145||8.5 un||U||8||9||0||3||8||0|
|5/4/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||0-2||L||140||7.5 un||U||4||5||2||8||10||0|
|5/5/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/6/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||SALE(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||AXELROD(R)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||QUINTANA(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/21/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||4-2||W||140||8 un||U||8||5||0||8||7||0|
|4/21/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||5-4||W||140||8 un||O||9||7||0||10||9||1|
|4/24/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||5-7||L||170||7.5 un||O||8||7||1||9||10||0|
|4/25/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||8-3||W||165||7 un||O||14||10||0||5||3||1|
|4/30/2013||SHIELDS(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||8-2||W||-130||7.5 un||O||14||8||1||8||6||1|
|5/1/2013||MENDOZA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||9-8||W||+105||7.5 ov||O||15||8||0||13||6||0|
|5/4/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||2-0||W||-150||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||4||5||2|
|5/5/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/6/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|5/8/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||DAVIS(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||SHIELDS(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||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.
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Royals Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Chicago (12-15) at Kansas City (15-10), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Strong pitching is one reason why the Kansas City Royals are among the best home teams in the AL this season.
That's been the case against the Chicago White Sox for much longer than that.
The Royals are hoping Wade Davis can draw some inspiration from a record-setting performance from Jeremy Guthrie on Sunday, when they try to beat the White Sox for the seventh time in eight games at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City (16-10) is 9-4 at home, and the staff's 3.15 ERA is among the lowest in the league.
The Royals have won 12 of 16 when hosting Chicago (12-16), and the pitchers have been vital over the last seven meetings with a 1.43 ERA.
Guthrie silenced the White Sox's bats again in the opener of this three-game series Saturday, tossing a four-hitter in a 2-0 win as he set a team record by going unbeaten in 17 straight starts.
Kansas City, though, was limited to eight hits Saturday after collecting 29 and scoring 17 runs in a rain-shortened two-game sweep of Tampa Bay.
Davis (2-2, 5.55 ERA) may need another big effort from the offense.
The right-hander turned in one of the worst performances of his career during Monday's 9-0 loss to Cleveland. He matched his career high by surrendering eight runs with 12 hits - two homers - and three walks before getting pulled with two outs in the fifth.
"I made some bad decisions and didn't execute," said Davis, who was tagged for seven runs with four walks in 3 2-3 innings of a 7-5 loss at Detroit five days prior.
Davis, though, has found success against the White Sox, going 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA in seven games. The most recent of his four starts was a victory with Tampa Bay on April 20, 2011, when he yielded one run in seven innings.
Lorenzo Cain leads Kansas City with a .326 average, going 5 for 13 with two triples and five RBIs over the last three games. He's hitting .393 in seven home meetings with Chicago after his two-run triple in the first inning proved to be enough Saturday.
Eric Hosmer has also pounded the White Sox at Kauffman, batting .379 in 16 matchups - going 9 for 22 in the past six.
The White Sox have lost nine of 14 on the road, batting .238 and averaging 3.5 runs in those games. Of their four hits Saturday, only Paul Konerko's single and double came prior to the eighth inning.
The first baseman, though, is hitting .180 with three homers and six RBIs over his last 15 visits to Kansas City.
Scheduled starter Jose Quintana (2-0, 3.58) will try to rebound from his worst outing since his season debut. The left-hander allowed four runs and eight hits, including homers on consecutive pitches in the fourth, over five innings before leaving without a decision in a 10-6 loss at Texas on Tuesday.
He had been 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA over his three previous starts.
Quintana is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three starts against Kansas City, all coming as a rookie last year.
Cain and Hosmer are a combined 3 for 17 off Quintana, but Mike Moustakas has four hits in nine at-bats with two homers, while Jeff Francoeur is 5 for 6 with a solo homer and three walks.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 9:28:38 PM EST|