|CHI WHITE SOX ( SANTIAGO )|
NY METS ( HARVEY )
|925||CHI WHITE SOX||+160||Ov 7,+105||+155||Ov 6.5,-105|
|926||NY METS||-170||Un 7,-125||-165||Un 6.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-12||+0||6-16||3.2||0.221||0.269||3.5||0.225||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.2||3-4||3.4||0.227||0.286||4.3||0.240||0.310|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-7||-1.7||8-4||4.7||0.226||0.306||5.1||0.249||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.1||4-2||3.9||0.205||0.265||5.7||0.298||0.365|
|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||L||120||7.5 un||O||10||7||1||12||11||1|
|5/6/2013||SALE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-1||W||130||7 un||U||9||6||0||7||5||1|
|5/7/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ 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||SALE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/13/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/23/2013||NIESE(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-7||L||+130||6.5 un||O||4||6||0||12||7||1|
|4/24/2013||HARVEY(R)||LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)||7-3||W||-170||7 un||O||11||9||0||4||4||0|
|4/25/2013||HEFNER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-3||L||+120||8 un||U||5||7||0||6||4||1|
|4/29/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||3-4||L||-140||7 un||P||11||14||0||16||14||1|
|4/30/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||1-2||L||-120||8 un||U||4||2||0||5||4||0|
|5/1/2013||GEE(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)||7-6||W||-130||8 un||O||13||9||2||13||7||1|
|5/3/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||7-5||W||182||7.5 un||O||7||2||0||10||7||0|
|5/5/2013||NIESE(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||4-9||L||150||7.5 un||O||6||6||0||12||9||0|
|5/7/2013||HARVEY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/8/2013||HEFNER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/13/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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.
|NY METS: HITTING: The Mets will be moving in the fences at Citi Field by as much as 12 feet and reducing the height to eight feet, making the park more homer-friendly. The loss of Jose Reyes and his NL-leading average at the top of the order weakens an already subpar lineup. 3B DAVID WRIGHT is coming off his worst season (.254 BA, 14 HR, 61 RBI) and could be traded at the July 31 deadline. New OF ANDRES TORRES provides very little at the plate (.221 BA, .312 OBP), but the future is bright for youngsters OF LUCAS DUDA (.852 OPS) and 1B IKE DAVIS (.926 OPS), who missed most of 2011 with an ankle injury. OF JASON BAY (.245 BA) continues to be a colossal bust. SS RUBEN TEJADA will be tasked with trying to replace Reyes. The 22-year-old made great strides last year, batting .319 after August 1. DANIEL MURPHY hit .320 last year, and will start at second, possibly losing AB in a platoon with JUSTIN TURNER. C JOSH THOLE hits well enough to be an above-average starting catcher. |
STARTING PITCHING: With the fences moving forward at Citi Field, the entire Mets pitching staff takes a hit. JOHAN SANTANA will be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to have much faith that he'll remain healthy for an entire season. His velocity on his fastball is not what it used to be, topping out in the high-80's. MIKE PELFREY benefitted most from the pitcher-friendly ballpark with serviceable home numbers (3.94 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) and atrocious road statistics (5.49 ERA, 1.56 WHIP). JONATHON NIESE was also much better at Citi Field (3.54 ERA) than he was on the road (5.33 ERA), but he posted 14 games of 6+ strikeouts for the second straight season. DILLON GEE began the season 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, but closed the 2011 campaign with a 5.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his final 17 starts. Knuckle-balling R.A. DICKEY posted a second straight solid season with New York, notching a 3.28 ERA and a solid 1.23 WHIP. At age 37, he hopes to keep his pitches dancing in the smaller home ballpark.
RELIEF PITCHING: Two former Blue Jays late-innings relievers, FRANK FRANCISCO and JON RAUCH, were signed from Toronto to pitch at the back of the bullpen. Francisco will likely get first crack at the ninth-inning role, saving 17 games last year and keeping his strikeout rate above one per inning for the fourth straight year. Rauch is an imposing figure at 6-foot-11, but he posted a 1.35 WHIP and paltry 6.2 strikeout rate last year. But 52 saves since 2008 makes him a worthy candidate for ninth-inning duty. RAMON RAMIREZ was part of the Andres Torres/Angel Pagan trade and he should be a valuable set-up man. He had a strong two-year stint with San Francisco, posting a 2.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Mets Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Chicago (12-17) at New York (12-16), 7:10 p.m. EDT
After rallying late to avoid a sweep, the Chicago White Sox have perhaps a little momentum heading into the final stop on their eight-game trip.
The White Sox, though, will have to face the red-hot and well-rested Matt Harvey when they visit the New York Mets for the first time Tuesday night.
After winning two of three in Texas, Chicago appeared to be headed for three straight losses in Kansas City on Monday. Alexei Ramirez's potential two-run homer in the sixth inning was ruled foul and upheld on video review, but the White Sox tied it at 1-all in the ninth and nearly scored the go-ahead run until pinch-runner Jordan Danks was caught between third and home.
Danks made up for that miscue with a solo homer in the 11th in a 2-1 win.
"I knew that was going to be my shot to do something," Danks said. "I wasn't trying to do too much. ... It makes it a little bit better, yeah. I told them I did it on purpose so I could come up and hit a homer."
The White Sox (13-17) would appear to have a stiff challenge in their attempt at back-to-back victories as they'll face Harvey (4-0, 1.56 ERA), who is seeking to become the 17th Met to win his first five decisions in a season.
Teammate Dillon Gee was the last to pull off that feat, starting 7-0 in 2011.
Harvey allowed one run over 5 1-3 innings in his latest outing April 29 in Miami, but the Mets blew a one-run lead in the ninth and fell 4-3 in 15. The right-hander has not received a decision in his last two starts after winning his first four while posting a 0.93 ERA.
A pair of off days and a rainout Saturday have caused Harvey to spend more than a week between starts.
"You've got to deal with it. It's an adjustment, but it's definitely not the first time that I've gone seven or eight days without pitching," he told the team's official website.
Harvey will try to help the Mets (12-16) snap a season-high four-game home losing streak by earning their third win in four contests. New York missed its chance to sweep a shortened two-game set in Atlanta with a 9-4 loss Sunday.
Hector Santiago (1-1, 2.29) will be looking for another strong start for Chicago. While pitching in place of an injured Jake Peavy, the left-hander allowed a solo homer and double in 5 1-3 innings in a 3-1 win at Texas on Thursday.
"We've been kind of struggling," Santiago told the team's official website after his first start in 2013. "Hopefully we get back on track and I just try to go out there and give us a chance to win and keep us in the game."
Santiago is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in five starts and could get some more with Gavin Floyd set to undergo season-ending elbow surgery.
Santiago has never faced New York or any current Mets player, and Harvey will also face the White Sox for the first time.
The Mets are the only current MLB team Chicago has never visited. New York dropped two of three in its only other series against the White Sox from June 10-12, 2002.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 2:36:15 PM EST|