|CHI WHITE SOX ( SALE )|
MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )
|971||CHI WHITE SOX||-135||Ov 7.5,+105||-130||Ov 7,-115|
|972||MINNESOTA||+125||Un 7.5,-125||+120||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-28||-4.4||18-28||3.6||0.240||0.286||4.0||0.244||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||4-3||4.6||0.280||0.327||4.7||0.266||0.325|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-5||+1.3||6-4||4.5||0.260||0.324||5.6||0.295||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||2-5||3.4||0.258||0.311||3.6||0.264||0.301|
|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)||5-7||L||130||8.5 ov||O||11||5||1||13||9||1|
|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||SALE(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|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)||7-5||W||-140||8.5 ov||O||13||9||1||11||5||1|
|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||CORREIA(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Twins Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Chicago (29-38) at Minnesota (30-36), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale took another hard-luck loss last week despite delivering one of his most dominant performances.
He hasn't needed much run support against the Minnesota Twins.
Looking to snap a career-worst three-start losing streak, Sale tries to win a fourth consecutive outing versus Minnesota on Wednesday night.
While Sale (5-5, 2.43 ERA) ranks among the AL leaders in ERA and opponent batting average (.189), his run-support average of 2.74 is the lowest in the league. He's been backed by a combined four runs in three starts this month, losing each despite a 2.11 ERA.
Sale had everything working Friday but saw his poor luck continue in a 2-1 defeat at Houston. The left-hander struck out a season-high 14 in a complete game, allowing two unearned runs and five hits.
"You don't want to hang your head," he said. "Obviously, it's disappointing, but at the end of the day, these guys are grinding it out and not giving anybody anything. I know everyone in here is fighting and grinding, and that's the main goal."
Sale walked one and threw 85 of his career-high 124 pitches for strikes.
"He's absolutely one of the best pitchers we've faced this year, and if we face him again, he'll be one of the best then, too," Astros second baseman Jose Altuve told MLB's official website.
The Twins (31-36) surely felt the same way after Sale baffled them last year. He won all three of his starts in the series while allowing a combined two runs and 11 hits over 20 innings.
"He's pretty doggone good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after Sale threw six innings of three-hit ball in Chicago's 6-0 road win Sept. 14.
Sale has handled several Minnesota hitters very well, including Josh Willingham (1 for 12 with seven strikeouts), Justin Morneau (2 for 9) and Ryan Doumit (1 for 6).
Doumit entered Tuesday mired in a 3-for-27 slump before going 3 for 4 with a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning of a 7-5 series-opening victory.
"It's nice to be the guy who came up with the big hit," he said. "Hopefully I can keep it going."
Joe Mauer also had three hits, including a two-run homer. He's batting .390 with two homers, six RBIs and eight runs in his last 11 home games versus Chicago.
Sitting in last place in the AL Central, the White Sox (29-39) have dropped five of six and 15 of 20. They're on the verge of falling a season-high 11 games under .500.
"I still think there's some good to come out of this at some point," Paul Konerko said after going 4 for 4 with an RBI. "It hasn't been right now, it hasn't been before now, but we still have good baseball in us. We just haven't shown it."
The White Sox will try to turn things around against Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97), who's 2-3 with a 5.36 ERA in his last eight starts. The right-hander allowed one run and eight hits in five innings but didn't factor in the decision of Thursday's 3-2 loss to Philadelphia.
In his only appearance versus Chicago, Correia gave up four runs and nine hits over seven innings May 14 in a 4-2 defeat. He'll need to be careful against Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo, who both took him deep that night. Dunn is 4 for 12 with two homers lifetime against him.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:48:34 PM EST|