|CHI WHITE SOX ( AXELROD )|
MINNESOTA ( PELFREY )
|921||CHI WHITE SOX||+120||Ov 8.5,-105||+125||Ov 8.5,-105|
|922||MINNESOTA||-130||Un 8.5,-115||-135||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-27||-3.4||17-28||3.6||0.239||0.285||4.0||0.241||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||3-4||4.4||0.269||0.320||4.0||0.238||0.297|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-31||+1.8||23-32||4.0||0.238||0.308||4.3||0.281||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||3-5||-1.4||2-6||2.6||0.219||0.277||4.0||0.281||0.329|
|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)||4-5||L||-125||8.5 un||O||8||7||1||7||6||0|
|6/17/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||4-2||W||-105||8 ev||U||9||5||1||8||9||0|
|6/18/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ 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||QUINTANA(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|6/4/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||3-0||W||130||8.5 ov||U||10||11||0||4||5||0|
|6/5/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||1-4||L||130||8.5 un||U||8||14||1||8||7||0|
|6/6/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-7||L||140||9 un||O||5||8||1||11||3||1|
|6/8/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||4-3||W||180||7.5 un||U||11||13||0||10||6||1|
|6/9/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||0-7||L||180||7.5 un||U||3||8||1||14||8||2|
|6/9/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||KARNS(R)||4-5||L||115||8.5 ev||O||8||9||1||10||9||1|
|6/18/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||DIAMOND(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|6/21/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS new White Sox quotes)
*White Sox-Twins Preview* =========================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Chicago (28-38) at Minnesota (30-36), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Just as they were when these teams last met about a month ago, the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox are battling to stay out of the AL Central basement.
These slumping division foes begin a three-game set Tuesday night with the Twins badly struggling at the plate and the White Sox looking to end their road woes.
Chicago was in last place and 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota after winning two of three at Target Field from May 13-15. That gap remains the same, as do their positions in the bottom half of the Central.
The Twins (30-36) have lost seven of 11 while averaging 2.6 runs and batting .177 with runners in scoring position. They were held to three hits for the third time in four games Sunday in a 5-2 loss to Detroit.
"It seems like a week goes by and we're hitting the cover off the ball, then we hit a little slump as a team," said Brian Dozier, who homered Sunday. "I think it's all about big hits, two-out hits. We've been leaving a lot of guys on base."
Justin Morneau has a team-high 38 RBIs but only four in his last 14 games. Even leading hitter Joe Mauer (.321) is 4 for 20 with no extra-base hits in the past six.
Ryan Doumit is in a 3-for-27 slump as is Josh Willingham, who should return after missing two games with a knee problem.
"It's just a matter of guys getting going," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
The White Sox (29-38) can't get going on the road, where they have dropped 12 of 14 and are an AL-worst 13-24. They've averaged 2.8 runs in the last 13 away from home but did avoid a four-game sweep to another last-place team Monday, beating Houston 4-2.
Chicago had lost four straight and 14 of 18 overall
"Obviously, we've been struggling and getting this one and avoiding the streak was big and hopefully we start a new win streak and win (Tuesday)," Jesse Crain said after tying a franchise record for relievers with his 27th straight scoreless appearance.
Dayan Viciedo's bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning was the difference, but he's 4 for 44 in his last 12 road games.
"It's just one of those that you hope gets him going a little bit because he's been missing out," manager Robin Ventura said.
Chicago hasn't won a series on the road since last month's visit to Minneapolis.
Adam Dunn homered three times in that set and is batting .343 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in his last nine games at Target Field. Dunn has five hits in his last 10 at-bats against Twins scheduled starter Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12 ERA).
The right-hander is 0-3 in his past seven outings. Pelfrey, though, provided a second straight quality start Wednesday as he gave up three runs and struck out seven in a season-best seven innings of a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia.
Things didn't go as well against Chicago on May 15. He was tagged for five runs and eight hits - including homers by Dunn and Viciedo - in four-plus innings of a 9-4 loss.
Dylan Axelrod was the winner, giving up three runs in 5 1-3 innings, and opposes Pelfrey again Tuesday.
Axelrod (3-4, 4.26) is coming off seven days' rest, given extra time off after a dreadful outing last Monday. The third-year right-hander allowed six runs, four walks and eight hits - including three homers - over four-plus innings in a 10-6 victory over Toronto. Axelrod had a 2.66 ERA in his previous four outings.
Chicago has won six consecutive series at Target Field, going 15-4.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 4:23:18 AM EST|