|CHI WHITE SOX ( SANTIAGO )|
LA ANGELS ( BLANTON )
|971||CHI WHITE SOX||+105||Ov 9,-110||+120||Ov 8.5,-110|
|972||LA ANGELS||-115||Un 9,-110||-130||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-15||+1.5||10-19||3.5||0.230||0.277||3.5||0.227||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||3-4||4.1||0.285||0.332||3.3||0.209||0.255|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-6||-3.8||5-4||3.7||0.235||0.297||4.7||0.291||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4||3-4||3.1||0.229||0.286||5.0||0.283||0.326|
|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)||5-4||W||135||8 ov||O||9||7||0||7||5||2|
|5/17/2013||SALE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||3-0||W||110||7 un||U||8||4||1||3||5||0|
|5/18/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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)||4-5||L||-145||8 ov||O||7||5||2||9||7||0|
|5/17/2013||WILSON(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||0-3||L||-120||7 un||U||3||5||0||8||4||1|
|5/18/2013||BLANTON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/19/2013||VARGAS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/23/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ 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 (18-21) at Los Angeles (15-26), 4:05 p.m. EDT
While the Chicago White Sox are in the midst of their most successful stretch of the season, the Los Angeles Angels yet again find themselves in a slide.
The visiting White Sox look to extend their season-high winning streak to five games by keeping Joe Blanton winless and handing the Angels a fourth consecutive defeat Saturday.
Chicago (19-21) dropped five of seven before Chris Sale one-hit Los Angeles to salvage one victory during a three-game home set Sunday. The White Sox lost 10-3 the next night at Minnesota, but since have won four in a row, including the first two in Anaheim.
The Angels (15-27), meanwhile, have lost three straight and five of six since winning three in a row.
Sale allowed three hits and struck out 12 over 7 2-3 innings and Alex Rios homered for the second straight game in Chicago's 3-0 win at Los Angeles on Friday. The 24-year-old ace has gone 23 innings without yielding a run.
"A team like (the Angels), they've got some amazing ballplayers," Sale said. "So you've got to make adjustments.
"It's never easy facing a team in back-to-back starts."
Rios is batting .388 with four home runs and nine RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak. He's hit .350 (7 for 20) with three RBIs this season versus Los Angeles.
Teammate Adam Dunn homered for the fourth time in four games Friday. The slugger is 7 for 16 (.438) with eight RBIs during the stretch that followed a four-game span which he went 0 for 14.
Chicago looks to stay hot against Blanton (0-7, 6.46 ERA), who will try a ninth time to earn his first win as an Angel.
The right-hander allowed a season-high seven runs and 12 hits while striking out seven without a walk in 4 2-3 innings of an 11-4 loss to Kansas City on Monday. It marked the first time in franchise history that the Angels have lost each of a pitcher's first eight starts in a season.
"Joe had a rough outing, to say the least," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We'll turn the page on it, and hopefully he'll get where he needs to be in his next start."
Blanton is 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA against the White Sox, but has not faced them since 2008 with Oakland.
Chicago counters with Hector Santiago (1-2, 2.33), who allowed a solo homer in 12 1-3 innings to go 1-0 in his first two starts after replacing the injured Gavin Floyd, but gave up six - three earned - in 5 2-3 frames Monday.
With injured starter John Danks apparently close to returning to the rotation, Santiago could drop out. With a 3-1 record and 1.93 ERA in seven career starts, Santiago also has heard his name in trade rumors.
"I kind of try not to think about it, but you always have something in the back of your mind," he told the White Sox's official website about his uncertain future.
In his only previous appearance against the Angels, Santiago threw 2-3 scoreless innings of relief on Sept. 21.
Los Angeles' Mike Trout is 0 for 6 in the series after he hit .368 with six homers and 17 RBIs in the previous 15 contests.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 4:43:15 PM EST|