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Wednesday 5/8/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  +130

+1.5  -150



CHI WHITE SOX (13 - 18) at NY METS (13 - 16)
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Wednesday, 5/8/2013 7:10 PM
Board OpeningLatest
975CHI WHITE SOX-115Ov 7,-125-115Ov 7,-105
976NY METS+105Un 7,+105+105Un 7,-115
CHI WHITE SOX - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games13-18-5.39-193.40.2230.2733.80.2370.304
Road Games6-11-3.95-123.30.2290.2693.80.2480.308
vs Right-handed Starters12-13-16-173.10.2140.2613.40.2230.288
Past 7 Games3-4-0.22-53.00.2060.2553.30.2330.300
Grass Games11-16-5.99-153.30.2220.2714.00.2380.308
Night Games6-12-5.36-113.60.2280.2784.10.2620.324
CHI WHITE SOX - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.40.2230.27331102622975360.0498702661617323212621
Road Games3.30.2290.2691758213343150.035032140597119169
Righty Starters3.10.2140.2612582617761290.0472522081113816172218
CHI WHITE SOX - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.391.33393413579545824-911378.6%
Road Games2.891.15746.7161533321372-45183.3%

NY METS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games13-16-419-94.80.2320.3044.80.2550.321
Home Games8-8-1.39-74.20.2120.3023.70.2230.287
vs Right-handed Starters7-9-3.411-45.10.2390.3054.80.2700.335
Past 7 Games3-4-0.83-33.40.1940.2594.40.2670.328
Grass Games13-16-419-94.80.2320.3044.80.2550.321
Night Games7-8-1.411-35.20.2360.3044.50.2350.300
NY METS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.80.2320.3042999723186330.031341032461319615173113
Home Games4.20.2120.3021651310941160.0367661411011068133
Righty Starters5.10.2390.3051655613352190.037953129910798177
NY METS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.721.33010364541021135755-54450%
Home Games4.501.23152322648616424-31150%
CHI WHITE SOX - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/24/2013QUINTANA(L)CLEVELANDMCALLISTER(R)3-2W-1357.5 ovU570550
4/25/2013SALE(L)TAMPA BAYHELLICKSON(R)5-2W-1307 unP750560
4/26/2013PEAVY(R)TAMPA BAYHERNANDEZ(R)5-4W-1407.5 unO8301080
4/27/2013FLOYD(R)TAMPA BAYMOORE(L)4-10L+1107 ovO910119141
4/28/2013AXELROD(R)TAMPA BAYPRICE(L)3-8L+1257.5 unO642860
4/30/2013QUINTANA(L)@ TEXASDARVISH(R)6-10L1808 ovO10821250
5/1/2013SALE(L)@ TEXASTEPESCH(R)5-2W1058.5 ovU830990
5/2/2013SANTIAGO(L)@ TEXASGRIMM(R)3-1W1458.5 unU890380
5/4/2013AXELROD(R)@ KANSAS CITYGUTHRIE(R)0-2L1407.5 unU4528100
5/5/2013QUINTANA(L)@ KANSAS CITYDAVIS(R)5-6L1207.5 unO107112111
5/6/2013SALE(L)@ KANSAS CITYSHIELDS(R)2-1W1307 unU960751
5/7/2013SANTIAGO(L)@ NY METSHARVEY(R)0-1L1506.5 evU110570
5/15/2013 @ MINNESOTA  

NY METS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/24/2013HARVEY(R)LA DODGERSLILLY(L)7-3W-1707 unO1190440
4/25/2013HEFNER(R)LA DODGERSRYU(L)2-3L+1208 unU570641
4/26/2013GEE(R)PHILADELPHIAKENDRICK(R)0-4L-1207.5 ovU340850
4/27/2013MARCUM(R)PHILADELPHIAPETTIBONE(R)4-9L-1308 ovO8511270
4/28/2013NIESE(L)PHILADELPHIAHAMELS(L)1-5L+1107 unU3821070
4/29/2013HARVEY(R)@ MIAMIFERNANDEZ(R)3-4L-1407 unP1114016141
4/30/2013HEFNER(R)@ MIAMISLOWEY(R)1-2L-1208 unU420540
5/1/2013GEE(R)@ MIAMILEBLANC(L)7-6W-1308 unO13921371
5/3/2013MARCUM(R)@ ATLANTAMINOR(L)7-5W1827.5 unO7201070
5/5/2013NIESE(L)@ ATLANTAHUDSON(R)4-9L1507.5 unO6601290
5/7/2013HARVEY(R)CHI WHITE SOXSANTIAGO(L)1-0W-1606.5 evU570110
5/15/2013 @ 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* ========================


Chicago (13-17) at New York (12-16), 7:10 p.m. EDT

After surrendering one hit in nine scoreless innings, Matt Harvey might be wondering what it takes to pick up a win. Jeremy Hefner certainly can sympathize.

Hefner tries to follow Harvey's stellar effort with another one of his own and notch his first victory of the season Wednesday night at Citi Field as the New York Mets try to spoil Jake Peavy's return for the Chicago White Sox.

The Mets have lost all six games Hefner (0-3, 4.34 ERA) has pitched, including five starts, but the right-hander wasn't to blame for the last two. He allowed a combined three runs and seven hits over 15 innings in those two starts but received only one run of support in each.

Hefner held Miami scoreless through eight innings last Tuesday, notching a career-high eight strikeouts, but left with two runners on in the ninth and was ultimately charged with both runs in the 2-1 defeat.

"That guy was manhandling us for eight innings," Marlins outfielder Juan Pierre said.

Harvey was the one manhandling the opposition in the opener of this two-game set, retiring the first 20 Chicago batters and giving up only an infield single while recording 12 strikeouts. Bobby Parnell took over in the 10th and would get the win later in that inning when pinch-hitter Mike Baxter lined an RBI single to give New York a 1-0 victory.

That was one of just five hits - all singles - by the Mets (13-16), who had been 1-10 when scoring fewer than four runs.

Chicago (13-18) has scored only seven in its last four games, losing three, and has struck out 90 times over the past nine while going 3-6.

With their offensive struggles putting a premium on good pitching, the White Sox will be glad to welcome Peavy (3-1, 3.38) back into their rotation. The right-hander missed his last scheduled starts Thursday and Monday due to back spasms that he said resulted from reaching for his glove following stretching exercises.

"I've never had anything like this happen," said Peavy, who missed significant time from 2009-11 with ankle, shoulder and groin injuries.

With Gavin Floyd out for the season and John Danks still working his way back from shoulder surgery in June 2012, Chicago desperately needs Peavy to pick up where he left off. He went 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his last three starts before getting hurt.

"I think every day you go through the list and figure out who's available, and the training room's full," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's just part of playing the game. You just deal with it."

Peavy last pitched April 16 when he beat Tampa Bay, giving up three runs and one walk in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-4 victory.

He's started 10 games against the Mets, posting a 5-2 record and 3.48 ERA, but hasn't faced them since 2009 while with San Diego.

John Buck has homered twice off Peavy in six career at-bats - all in 2010 - and leads New York with 10 homers but is hitless in his last two games.

White Sox slugger Paul Konerko, hitting .184 in his last 12, is expected back in the lineup after getting a night off Tuesday. Among the other struggling Chicago hitters are Tyler Flowers, in a 3-for-31 slump, and Adam Dunn, 5 for 59 on the road this season.

None of them have faced Hefner, whose last win came Oct. 3 at Miami.

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