|CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )|
MINNESOTA ( DIAMOND )
|913||CHI WHITE SOX||+105||Ov 8.5,-105||+110||Ov 8,-115|
|914||MINNESOTA||-115||Un 8.5,-115||-120||Un 8,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-11||-6.2||7-8||3.6||0.242||0.310||4.5||0.235||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.9||4-3||3.7||0.256||0.300||4.9||0.261||0.323|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-5||+2.6||7-4||4.7||0.264||0.333||5.5||0.291||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||3-4||4.0||0.261||0.331||3.9||0.270||0.304|
|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)||4-7||L||-140||7 ov||O||9||5||2||10||11||0|
|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||DANKS(L)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|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)||7-4||W||+130||7 ov||O||10||11||0||9||5||2|
|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||DIAMOND(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|6/27/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Chicago (29-39) at Minnesota (31-36), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Even as the Chicago White Sox's offense struggled, consistent efforts from the starting rotation seemed to keep the team afloat.
Now that's gone, too, and Chicago continues to tumble.
The Minnesota Twins look to again take advantage of the woeful White Sox and deal John Danks another rough outing Thursday at Target Field.
Chicago's starters were solid during the team's 24-24 start, going 18-14 with a 3.43 ERA. But the White Sox have since lost 16 of 21 as the rotation has stumbled, posting a 2-12 record and a 4.77 ERA. This past five-game turn has seen that group surrender 18 runs and 33 hits through 27 innings.
The lineup continues to show few signs of life, averaging 3.5 runs in the last 21 games.
Even Chris Sale - the rotation's most steady presence - was not immune to damage in a 7-4 loss to the Twins on Wednesday. He matched a season worst by surrendering eight hits as well as four runs while lasting only five innings.
The White Sox (29-40) are 11 games under .500 for the first time since being 11-22 on May 6, 2011.
"We haven't quit," said Alex Rios, in a 3-for-20 slump and the only Chicago player hitting over .270 (minimum 100 at-bats). "It's still a long way to go, and we can get hot any time."
The victory by the Twins (32-36) saw Justin Morneau end his 43-game home run drought with a two-run shot, and Brian Dozier had a three-run homer.
Morneau's home run, his third of the year and first since April 28, tied him with Kirby Puckett for fifth on the Twins' all-time list at 207.
"Hopefully that gets the monkey off my back, and we can get rolling," Morneau said.
He now looks to go deep against Danks (1-3, 4.50 ERA), who continues to be plagued by homers. His 1.80 home runs allowed per nine innings would be one of the highest rates in the majors if he pitched enough innings to qualify. He served up two homers in a 4-3 loss at Houston on Saturday, surrendering four runs over six innings.
Danks was pulled after 76 pitches, his fewest since throwing the same number May 24 in his first start after a year off due to shoulder surgery.
"I'm healthy. I feel good," Danks told the team's official website. "I just do what I'm told. That's part of it."
Morneau is 11 for 35 with three homers and 10 walks off Danks, who is 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA over his last four starts against the Twins. He's 1-4 with a 6.05 ERA in his past nine in Minnesota.
The Twins counter with another struggling left-hander in Scott Diamond (4-6, 5.29). Opponents are hitting .346 in his last seven starts as he's gone 1-4. Five of his losses have come in Minneapolis, where he owns a 6.40 ERA after yielding four runs in 5 2-3 innings in a 4-0 loss to Detroit on Friday.
All four runs came in the sixth when he surrendered three straight RBI doubles. Diamond has allowed at least three runs in one inning in three of his last four outings.
"I feel like it's definitely coming around. I just need to prevent these big innings," he said. "It's getting pretty frustrating, and it's not letting me get later into the game."
Diamond, 3-4 with a 4.65 ERA in seven starts against the White Sox, held them to two runs - one earned - and four hits over six innings in a 5-3 road win April 21.
Chicago has lost 14 of its last 16 road games.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 12:47:56 PM EST|