|LA ANGELS ( ENRIGHT )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( AXELROD )
|973||LA ANGELS||+115||Ov 8.5,-120||+115||Ov 8.5,-120|
|974||CHI WHITE SOX||-125||Un 8.5,+100||-125||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-19||-13.7||19-10||4.0||0.251||0.308||5.1||0.258||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.9||4-3||3.7||0.232||0.309||4.7||0.262||0.319|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-13||+0||7-17||3.2||0.219||0.265||3.3||0.223||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||2-5||3.0||0.215||0.261||2.3||0.218||0.284|
|4/26/2013||WILSON(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||6-3||W||-140||7.5 un||O||9||6||1||11||13||0|
|4/27/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-3||L||140||7 un||U||6||4||0||10||11||1|
|4/28/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||1-2||L||-110||7 ov||U||4||4||1||6||7||1|
|4/29/2013||HANSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||8-10||L||115||8 ov||O||15||14||2||16||11||1|
|4/30/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||6-10||L||100||8.5 un||O||9||8||1||10||7||2|
|5/1/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||5-4||W||105||8.5 un||O||10||4||0||8||13||0|
|5/7/2013||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||6-7||L||-165||9 ov||O||8||5||3||7||3||0|
|5/8/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||1-3||L||-140||9.5 un||U||9||5||0||9||6||0|
|5/9/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||6-5||W||-150||9 un||O||8||16||0||13||7||3|
|5/10/2013||HANSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/12/2013||WILSON(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|5/13/2013||BLANTON(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||VARGAS(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|5/17/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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)||0-1||L||150||6.5 ev||U||1||1||0||5||7||0|
|5/8/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||6-3||W||-115||7 un||O||13||9||1||8||7||1|
|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||PEAVY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/17/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|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 (LA ANGELS-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with possible Angels starters)
*Angels-White Sox Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Los Angeles (12-22) at Chicago (14-18), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Angels are trying to win back-to-back road games for the first time this season.
Consistent production from Josh Hamilton would surely help, and facing the Chicago White Sox may keep him going in the right direction.
Hamilton will try to build on his recent success and help the Angels capitalize on a three-game series against the last-place White Sox on Friday night.
Los Angeles (12-22) continues to be one of the biggest disappointments in baseball, and a 5-13 road record isn't helping.
The Angels have followed each of their road wins with at least two defeats, but they're hoping to change that after beating Houston 6-5 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Manager Mike Scioscia was pleased after seeing his team rally to win by scoring three times in the eighth inning.
"It's a great character game for our guys," Scioscia said. "I feel good for them. The clubhouse feels good. We held on. We kept pressuring them and got some key hits as the game went on."
Hamilton may be gaining confidence, hitting home runs in each of the last two games after going 20 straight without one. Hamilton, who hit a career-best 43 homers last year, also doubled Thursday but is still batting .213 on the season - .171 on the road. Each of his four homers and six of his 11 RBIs have come against the Astros, who occupy the AL West cellar.
Perhaps facing another last-place team can get Hamilton and the Angels rolling.
Los Angeles has won 11 of 16 versus the White Sox (14-18) over the last two seasons, and Hamilton is a .346 hitter in 24 career games against them with eight homers and 23 RBIs. The five-time All-Star has a .379 average over his last eight visits to U.S. Cellular Field, and he's 2 for 3 with a homer versus Chicago scheduled starter Dylan Axelrod.
The Angels were set to start Tommy Hanson on Friday, but the right-hander was scratched as he continues to deal with a recent death in his family.
Los Angeles hasn't announced who will replace Hanson, but it has a few options. It could call up right-hander Orangel Arenas, who's 1-5 with a 6.57 ERA with Triple-A Salt Lake but is on normal rest. It could also bump scheduled Saturday starter Jerome Williams (1-1, 3.16 ERA), who allowed five runs over 4 1-3 innings against Baltimore Sunday in his 2013 starting debut, up a day.
Then, of course, the Angels would need a starter in the series' middle game - perhaps former No. 4 overall pick Tim Stauffer, who's having a strong season in Triple-A.
That uncertainty may not help Chicago, which is among the worst teams in the majors with a .227 average. However, the White Sox are coming off one of their best offensive displays of the season in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the New York Mets.
They matched a season high with 13 hits, including three doubles and two homers, after being one-hit by the Mets a day earlier in a 1-0, 10-inning loss.
The struggles of Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko remain a major problem. While Dunn is 3 for 22 this month with no RBIs, Konerko has one homer in his last 17 games and no RBIs in the past six.
Konerko is batting .224 overall, including 4 for 23 over the last five.
"He's fighting and working through on it," manager Robin Ventura told the team's official website. "It's not where he wants to be, but you can see glimpses of coming out."
Konerko went 5 for 24 with one homer over the final two three-game series with the Angels last season.
Axelrod (0-2, 3.60) is familiar with Chicago's offensive shortcomings.
The right-hander has been backed by 11 runs over his six starts, while he's held opponents to three runs or fewer in five of them. That includes all three starts at home, where he has no record but a 2.04 ERA.
Axelrod got no help in Saturday's 2-0 loss at Kansas City, as all of the scoring in his 7 2-3 innings came on a two-run triple in the first.
"That's my goal: to get a quality start," Axelrod said. "Every time out, give your team a chance to win. I'm trying to build off that."
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 5:02:04 PM EST|