|CHI WHITE SOX ( SANTIAGO )|
HOUSTON ( KEUCHEL )
|921||CHI WHITE SOX||-130||Ov 8.5,-120||-125||Ov 8.5,+100|
|922||HOUSTON||+120||Un 8.5,+100||+115||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-10||-5||6-8||3.6||0.242||0.310||4.4||0.235||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||2-5||4.3||0.259||0.319||3.7||0.220||0.270|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-10||+1.3||11-6||4.2||0.250||0.302||5.2||0.258||0.348|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.1||1-6||2.3||0.180||0.219||3.0||0.227||0.287|
|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)||3-4||L||-120||8 un||U||8||6||0||6||2||1|
|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||AXELROD(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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)||4-3||W||+110||8 un||U||6||2||1||8||6||0|
|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||NORRIS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Chicago (28-36) at Houston (24-44), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Solid starting pitching has the Houston Astros in the midst of a rare winning streak.
Dallas Keuchel, who has been impressive of late, looks to lead Houston to a fourth straight win Sunday when he gets the nod against the Chicago White Sox.
Houston (25-44) beat Chicago 4-3 on Saturday to record only the club's third winning streak of three or more games this season. The starting rotation has played a big part, posting a 1.37 ERA across 19 2-3 innings.
Going back further, Astros starter own a 2.42 ERA over the last 19 games while the team is 11-8.
Lucas Harrell gave them another strong start Saturday, giving up seven hits and three runs while striking out a season-high seven over 6 2-3 innings.
Homers from Jason Castro and Chris Carter in the fourth led Houston's offense. Carter, who leads the team with 36 RBIs, is the first Houston player with 14 or more home runs by June 15 since Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee in 2008.
Keuchel (3-3, 4.37 ERA) tries to continue his own strong run, as he owns a 1.89 ERA over his last three starts, pitching at least six innings in each.
The left-hander's bid for a fourth victory in five starts was upended Monday, though he gave up just two runs and seven hits in six innings in a 3-2 loss at Seattle. Houston committed three errors and offered Keuchel only one run of support.
"It's nothing I get mad about," Keuchel, who had received 26 runs of support over his previous five outings, told the team's official website. "Like I said, they pick me up plenty of times, so it's just me trying to pick them up there."
The White Sox (28-37), who have lost 11 of 12 away from home, will counter with another southpaw in Hector Santiago (2-4, 3.12). Santiago, who has fluctuated between the rotation and the bullpen all season, made his first start since May 22 last Sunday, filling in for the injured Jake Peavy. He yielded two runs and four hits across 6 1-3 innings in a 4-3 victory over Oakland.
He's generally been a better option as a starter, going 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA in six starts as opposed to an 0-2 record and 3.93 ERA in 11 relief appearances.
"When stuff like this happens, you take advantage of it and just run with it," Santiago said. "We're all hoping for Peavy to come back as soon as possible, but for now, I'll enjoy the role."
Santiago was charged with two runs, a walk and a hit in 1 1-3 innings of relief against Houston on June 8, 2012.
Alejandro De Aza was 0 for 4 Saturday, rejoining the lineup after missing Friday's game with a stomach ailment.
Adam Dunn hit his team-leading 18th homer Saturday, and is batting .429 with five home runs in his last six games after hitting .111 with two homers in his previous 15. He is, however, 5 for 53 (.094) with 21 strikeouts against lefties on the season.
The 25-year-old Keuchel has never faced a current White Sox player.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 7:46:44 PM EST|