|CHICAGO CUBS ( SAMARDZIJA )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( QUINTANA )
|929||CHICAGO CUBS||+105||Ov 7.5,-110||+105||Ov 7.5,+115|
|930||CHI WHITE SOX||-115||Un 7.5,-110||-115||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-10||-5.2||4-10||2.6||0.216||0.252||3.9||0.240||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.9||3-4||2.9||0.229||0.276||4.3||0.222||0.301|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-17||+2.5||11-21||3.6||0.239||0.285||3.7||0.231||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-3||3.4||0.242||0.316||3.4||0.206||0.295|
|5/17/2013||JACKSON(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-3||L||+130||7 ov||U||6||3||2||8||5||1|
|5/18/2013||FELDMAN(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||8-2||W||-130||8.5 un||O||11||6||1||9||7||1|
|5/19/2013||WOOD(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||3-4||L||-160||9 ev||U||8||5||0||7||3||0|
|5/21/2013||GARZA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||4-5||L||135||7.5 un||O||11||8||1||8||9||0|
|5/22/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||0-1||L||125||7.5 un||U||4||8||1||3||5||2|
|5/23/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)||2-4||L||120||7.5 ov||U||7||5||1||9||8||1|
|5/24/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||4-7||L||140||8 ov||O||10||9||1||10||4||0|
|5/25/2013||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||2-5||L||160||7.5 un||U||6||7||0||7||6||0|
|5/26/2013||GARZA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||5-4||W||170||7.5 un||O||10||9||1||5||11||1|
|5/27/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/28/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|5/29/2013||FELDMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|5/30/2013||WOOD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|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)||9-12||L||125||8.5 un||O||17||12||0||12||9||0|
|5/19/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||2-6||L||105||7.5 ev||O||5||9||0||7||6||0|
|5/27/2013||QUINTANA(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||SALE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|5/29/2013||DANKS(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|6/3/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|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 NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-White Sox Preview* ========================
Chicago (18-30) at Chicago (23-24), 7:10 p.m. EDT
This week's Crosstown Classic will have a different format - one that seems odd to both the Chicago White Sox's and Chicago Cubs' managers.
In the past, these rivals played separate three-game sets in their parks that captivated the Windy City, but as part of the "prime rivals" portion of interleague play, all four of the teams' 2013 matchups take place this week beginning Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox (24-24) have won four of six in each of the four previous seasons against the Cubs, but three victories will be enough to capture bragging rights this time. The first two games are on the South Side before contests Wednesday and Thursday at Wrigley Field.
"It's nice that we've got four days that we're going to be at home but as far as two and two, that's just the way the schedule is," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum echoed a similar theme.
"It's such a strange circumstance to play four games in, obviously, the same city but in two different parks," Sveum told the Cubs' official website. "There's no other way to do it now, and there's nothing you can do about it. But it's kind of funny how it comes that way with the crosstown rivals."
The White Sox are probably more excited about this week, having won nine of 12 to reach .500 for the first time since April 10.
"They're fun games, I think the fans enjoy them, it's great for the city so we're looking forward to it," Ventura said.
The Cubs (19-30) return to Chicago on a positive note after ending a season-high six-game slide with a 5-4, 10-inning victory over Cincinnati on Sunday. Alfonso Soriano hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Welington Castillo had a go-ahead double in the 10th as the Cubs rallied from a 4-0 deficit after six.
Soriano has been productive as a visitor in this rivalry, hitting .316 with five homers to help the Cubs win eight of their last 15 at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox's Adam Dunn, by contrast, is 4 for 35 with two solo homers and 17 strikeouts in his 11 games in this series, although he's still looking forward to it.
"I think it's fun for everyone," Dunn said. "It's fun for the fans, but it's a lot of fun for us. I know that the stadium will have electricity and it will be pretty much of a playoff atmosphere."
The Cubs' Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 3.25 ERA) has gone 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in three career interleague starts, including a 3-2 loss to the White Sox on May 18, 2012 in which he gave up three runs in 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander has posted a 4.40 ERA and received seven runs of support in losing his last five road outings.
The Cubs are 4-10 against left-handed starters as they face Jose Quintana (3-1, 3.48) for the first time. Quintana pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings to earn a 3-1 home victory over Boston on Tuesday.
Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo will take part in this rivalry for the first time. Rizzo went 4 for 8 in his last two games and leads the club with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 1:20:15 AM EST|