|CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )|
HOUSTON ( HARRELL )
|973||CHI WHITE SOX||-145||Ov 8,-120||-130||Ov 8,+100|
|974||HOUSTON||+135||Un 8,+100||+120||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-26||-3.2||17-26||3.6||0.238||0.285||4.0||0.242||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||3-4||4.4||0.259||0.315||3.9||0.224||0.268|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-10||+0.2||11-5||4.2||0.252||0.305||5.4||0.259||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2||1-6||2.0||0.189||0.234||3.1||0.231||0.288|
|6/1/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||3-4||L||140||8 un||U||10||7||0||16||18||0|
|6/2/2013||SALE(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||0-2||L||105||7 un||U||3||4||1||6||5||0|
|6/3/2013||DANKS(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||2-4||L||-110||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||4||0|
|6/4/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-7||L||140||6 un||O||7||1||0||11||5||0|
|6/5/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||7-5||W||155||7 un||O||17||13||0||16||12||2|
|6/14/2013||SALE(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||1-2||L||-185||7.5 un||U||6||8||2||5||6||0|
|6/15/2013||DANKS(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|6/17/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||SALE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||DANKS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|6/21/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|6/1/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||2-0||W||215||8.5 un||U||5||6||1||7||11||0|
|6/2/2013||LYLES(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||5-4||W||225||8.5 un||O||9||6||1||8||7||2|
|6/3/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||2-1||W||180||8.5 ov||U||3||1||0||7||7||1|
|6/7/2013||LYLES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-4||L||210||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||9||7||0|
|6/8/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-7||L||160||8.5 ev||O||6||3||3||10||8||0|
|6/9/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||0-2||L||155||8.5 ov||U||5||6||1||6||6||1|
|6/10/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||2-3||L||220||6.5 ov||U||7||6||3||9||11||1|
|6/11/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||0-4||L||145||7.5 un||U||2||3||2||7||3||1|
|6/12/2013||LYLES(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||6-1||W||125||7.5 un||U||8||7||2||5||8||0|
|6/14/2013||BEDARD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-1||W||+175||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||6||8||2|
|6/15/2013||HARRELL(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|6/16/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|6/17/2013||NORRIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|HOUSTON: HITTING: This season will mark Houston's final year in the National League. Look away, children, as the Astros launch into what is sure to be the crappiest victory lap in baseball history. Tiny 2B JOSE ALTUVE's jump from High-A to MLB starter says more about Houston's pitiful state than anything. He belongs in Triple-A. CHRIS JOHNSON won the starting 3B job as JIMMY PAREDES was optioned to Triple-A. Johnson was thought to have 25-homer power, but last year he slugged just .378. 1B CARLOS LEE is in the twilight of a very productive career. Backup 1B BRETT WALLACE seems to be in the twilight of an unproductive one. OF BRIAN BOGUSEVIC has a low ceiling. But he's one of only a few recent draft picks who will even contribute. OF J.D. MARTINEZ doesn't blame you if you haven't heard of him, but he's the team's best player who hits third in the lineup. SS JED LOWRIE was a nice little pickup for a mid-tier closer. But his platoon split is intense. C JASON CASTRO will probably play ahead of CHRIS SNYDER. OF JORDAN SCHAFER has yet to put things together; but he'll be starting in center on Opening Day. Fourth OF J.B. SHUCK is only 24, but doesn't have a whole lot of upside. |
STARTING PITCHING: WANDY RODRIGUEZ has been a durable, above-average starter for five years, yet every season his real-world team limits his wins. He'll be traded at some point this year. Don't shortchange BUD NORRIS. He's an underrated source of strikeouts, and has improved his command. J.A. HAPP really needs to cut down on his walk total. JORDAN LYLES couldn't legally drink until the second-to-last week of the season. He's in the big leagues way too soon. He's yet another young Astro who isn't terrible, but won't ever set the world on fire. KYLE WEILAND came from Boston with Jed Lowrie and should earn the final spot in the rotation. Texas-bred fireballer JARRED COSART, 21, is a legitimately exciting (but risky) prospect who Houston will probably rush up to the majors at some point this year.
RELIEF PITCHING: BRETT MYERS flummoxed the Astros' front office with a stinker of a season. He's probably closer to that pitcher than to the one who posted a career-best 3.14 ERA in 2010 at age 29, but he'll move the bullpen this year to get the rare opportunities to close out a game when this awful team is actually leading. WILTON LOPEZ was good in 2011, but was much better the previous season, when he may have been the most underrated reliever in the National League. Houston will go with him in the ninth if they want Myers to return to the rotation. BRANDON LYON has seen better days. He bombed early, then was shut down for good with a bicep injury. He intimidates nobody now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Astros Preview* ==========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Chicago (28-35) at Houston (23-44), 7:15 p.m. EDT
John Danks said he wanted to be a "stopper" after his last start.
The Chicago White Sox hope he's finally going in the right direction.
The left-hander looks to build off his first victory in a year as he takes on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night.
Danks (1-2, 4.13 ERA) flew through his last start, retiring the last 21 hitters he faced to finish with eight innings of one-run ball Saturday. He surrendered three hits in a 4-1 win over Oakland, picking up his first victory since May 19, 2012.
"I want to be a stopper," Danks said. "I want to be a guy that goes out there and can be depended on to give us as good a chance to win as anybody."
For a long time, the White Sox (28-36) have been unable to depend on Danks as a stopper. The left-hander went so long between wins due largely to a shoulder injury that kept him out for the better part of a year. He's made four starts since returning.
"His velocity is climbing, it looks like, as he goes, but he's definitely pitching with less velocity than he's had when it was years ago," first baseman Paul Konerko said. "But that can be a good thing if he pitches now and learns to do some things that he might have to do. Then if he gets back to where he's going to get to - which I'm sure he will - now you have both weapons."
His only start against Houston (24-44) was a loss in 2007. The only player on the young Astros who has extensive experience against Danks is lefty-hitting Carlos Pena, who is 4 for 17 against him but with two homers and a double. Danks, holding lefties to a .207 average this year, is facing a Houston team averaging 1.9 runs in its last eight games.
He'll also look to take advantage of a venue that has seen a lot of pitchers' duels lately, including Houston's 2-1 victory Friday night. Just 46 runs have been scored in the last seven games played at Minute Maid Park, with the winning team scoring four runs or fewer in five of them.
Lucas Harrell (4-7, 4.52) is very familiar with a lack of offense, receiving 12 runs of support over 11 of his starts. He's won all three outings when getting more than three runs. Houston scored one over his last two outings as Harrell went 0-1 despite giving up two runs - one earned - and seven hits in 14 innings.
He held Kansas City off the scoreboard for seven innings Sunday in a 2-0 loss. Harrell, tied for third in the majors with 40 walks, did not issue one after walking three in the first two innings and threw 33 of his final 48 pitches for strikes.
"I was more aggressive," Harrell said. "I started pounding the zone and using my sinker more to get ahead. And then I threw some really good curveballs."
Harrell, though, has 27 walks in 41 innings at home while posting a 6.15 ERA. The right-hander won his only start against the White Sox, yielding five runs in 7 1-3 innings of an 11-9 road win June 10, 2012.
Adam Dunn homered off Harrell in that matchup and has hit four in his last five games, though he was 0 for 2 with an RBI on Friday.
The White Sox have committed eight errors in their last six games, including three in a loss to Toronto on Tuesday and two by shortstop Alexei Ramirez on Friday which allowed Houston to score its only two runs.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:19:52 AM EST|