|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SALE )
|977||LA ANGELS||+105||Ov 7.5,+105||+115||Ov 7.5,+100|
|978||CHI WHITE SOX||-115||Un 7.5,-125||-125||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-3||-0.2||4-2||4.8||0.282||0.345||5.2||0.308||0.365|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.6||5-2||4.4||0.250||0.328||5.0||0.269||0.328|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-5||-4.3||3-2||4.5||0.260||0.321||5.8||0.295||0.365|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||3-4||2.9||0.211||0.254||3.3||0.237||0.289|
|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||3||15||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||ENRIGHT(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-5||W||105||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||7||6||2|
|5/11/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-2||W||-110||8.5 ev||U||7||4||0||8||6||3|
|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||HANSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/16/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/17/2013||WILSON(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|5/18/2013||BLANTON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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||ENRIGHT(R)||5-7||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||7||6||2||11||7||0|
|5/11/2013||QUINTANA(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||2-3||L||+100||8.5 ev||U||8||6||3||7||4||0|
|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||QUINTANA(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||SALE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/18/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-White Sox Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Los Angeles (13-22) at Chicago (14-19), 8:05 p.m. EDT
While playing surprisingly good defense of late, the Los Angeles Angels have managed to take advantage of some poor glove work by the Chicago White Sox to put themselves in position to sweep their weekend road set.
With White Sox ace Chris Sale standing in the way, the Angels try for a season-high fourth straight victory Sunday night.
Los Angeles (14-22) ranks among the major league leaders with 27 errors, but has not committed one in four straight contests.
Chicago (14-20), meanwhile, has made five errors in the set, including three in Saturday's 3-2 loss. The White Sox have committed 14 of their 27 errors while losing eight of 12.
"I don't think that's anything mental," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "Not being in the right position or things like that. Physical stuff, you get. But you know it's just one of those that you do have to do it better. It's that simple.
The Angels have won five straight and 13 of 18 over the White Sox, including six of eight at U.S. Cellular Field.
"Everything is getting back to normal, playing like how we are supposed to be playing baseball," Saturday's winning pitcher Jerome Williams said.
Mike Trout hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Albert Pujols scored the go-ahead run in the third on a passed ball that was set up by a Chicago error.
Trout has batted .356 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 11 games since he went 4 for 32 (.125) in the previous eight. He's hitting .364 with two home runs and six RBIs in five career games at U.S. Cellular.
"There is no doubt he is finding a comfort zone in the box and it is good to see him drive the ball," manager Mike Scioscia said.
Pujols is batting .341 during a 10-game hitting streak on the south side of Chicago.
The Angels, however, could have a tough time against Sale (3-2, 3.42 ERA), who is 2-1 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts since he allowed eight runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 9-4 loss at Cleveland on April 13. The left-hander gave up a run without a walk in 7 1-3 innings of a 2-1, 11-inning victory at Kansas City on Monday.
In Sale's only start versus Los Angeles on May 17, he allowed a home run to Pujols and struck out seven in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-1 victory.
Scheduled Los Angeles starter C.J. Wilson (3-1, 3.86) allowed four runs - one earned - and walked six over 3 2-3 innings that day to fall to 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA as a starter against the White Sox.
Only two of the seven runs Wilson yielded in a 7-6 loss at Houston on Tuesday were earned. The left-hander lasted 6 1-3 innings and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts, but allowed four runs on two homers.
Dayan Viciedo had three hits for Chicago, which loaded the bases with one out in the second inning but scored only two runs. Though the White Sox went 3 for 5 with runners in scoring position Saturday, they are hitting .221 this season in that situation.
With three more strikeouts, Chicago slugger Adam Dunn has fanned 15 times while going 4 for 33 (.121) in his last nine games. He's 1 for 25 with 12 strikeouts in his last seven against the Angels.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 4:27:16 AM EST|