|CHI WHITE SOX ( QUINTANA )|
LA ANGELS ( WILLIAMS )
|967||CHI WHITE SOX||+125||Ov 8,-120||+130||Ov 8,-120|
|968||LA ANGELS||-135||Un 8,+100||-140||Un 8,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-15||+0.1||9-19||3.4||0.229||0.276||3.4||0.227||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||4-3||4.6||0.290||0.338||4.1||0.237||0.280|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-4||-1.2||4-3||4.1||0.252||0.311||4.9||0.302||0.362|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||4-3||4.4||0.254||0.328||5.3||0.295||0.342|
|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)||3-0||W||-120||7.5 ev||U||8||8||1||1||1||0|
|5/13/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||3-10||L||-110||8 ov||O||10||7||1||12||7||0|
|5/14/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||4-2||W||-115||8.5 ov||U||12||6||1||6||3||0|
|5/15/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||9-4||W||125||9 un||O||14||9||0||11||9||0|
|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||PEAVY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|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)||0-3||L||110||7.5 ev||U||1||1||0||8||8||1|
|5/13/2013||BLANTON(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||4-11||L||-135||9 ev||O||9||5||0||19||8||0|
|5/14/2013||VARGAS(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-2||W||-125||8.5 un||U||12||6||1||6||6||0|
|5/15/2013||ENRIGHT(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||5-9||L||-105||9 un||O||12||11||0||13||7||0|
|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||VARGAS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/23/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Angels Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Chicago (17-21) at Los Angeles (15-25), 10:05 p.m. EDT
After opening their seven-game trip with a winning series, the Chicago White Sox hope that momentum helps them fare better against the Los Angeles Angels than they did last weekend.
The White Sox look to match a season high with their third straight victory Thursday night against the Angels.
Chicago (17-21) ranks among the worst in the majors in batting (.236), runs (136), and average with runners in scoring position (.222), but it pounded out a season-high 14 hits in Wednesday's 9-4 win at Minnesota. Adam Dunn homered twice and Dayan Viciedo hit his second in as many games for the White Sox, who totaled 36 hits while taking two of three from the Twins.
"Pitching obviously wins you games, but as far as the energy level and things like that, if the team is hitting, then the energy level will be up," Dunn said after Chicago's highest-scoring game of the year.
"Hopefully it carries over and this is the start of something good."
Dunn is 4 for 8 with three homers and six RBIs in the last two games after going 3 for 32 without an RBI in his previous nine.
"He's a guy you're excited to see up. When he gets hot, it's fun to watch," said Dylan Axelrod, Wednesday's winning pitcher.
Dunn, however, is 1 for 25 with 12 strikeouts in his last seven versus Los Angeles (15-25).
Viciedo is batting .444 with six RBIs in six games after missing three weeks with a strained left oblique. He went 5 for 8 last weekend while Chicago dropped two of three at home to the Angels, scoring in just four innings during the series.
Though they snapped a five-game overall skid to Los Angeles when Chris Sale tossed a one-hitter in Sunday's 3-0 victory, the White Sox have lost three straight and six of seven in Anaheim.
Scheduled Chicago starter Jose Quintana (2-1, 3.72 ERA) allowed three runs, including two-run homer to Mike Trout, in six innings of a 3-2 loss to the Angels on Saturday. The left-hander has lost his only two career starts against Los Angeles despite a 2.45 ERA.
Quintana will match up a second straight time with Jerome Williams (2-1, 3.06), who gave up two runs in 6 2-3 innings Saturday.
"I didn't really have my best stuff but I battled through it any way possible," said Williams, who is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in three starts versus Chicago.
The right-hander will make his third straight start in place of Garrett Richards, who had replaced injured Angels ace Jered Weaver but has been demoted to the bullpen.
Los Angeles followed its success in Chicago by dropping two of three at home to Kansas City. Trout homered for the second straight night Wednesday as the Angels lost for seventh time in 10 home games, 9-5 to the Royals.
The Angels recorded 33 hits in the series but stranded 22 runners, including 11 in the finale.
"I thought our at-bats were good, we took some walks when they were there," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But we couldn't get the one big hit with runners in scoring position to get us back close and give us a chance to take a lead."
Trout is batting .368 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in the last 15 contests. He's batted .341 with three homers in 12 games against the White Sox.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 10:59:45 AM EST|