|CHI WHITE SOX ( SANTIAGO )|
KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )
|971||CHI WHITE SOX||+135||Ov 8.5,-110||+120||Ov 8.5,+100|
|972||KANSAS CITY||-145||Un 8.5,-110||-130||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-29||-5.8||19-28||3.6||0.240||0.285||4.1||0.245||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.7||4-3||3.6||0.252||0.290||5.0||0.276||0.339|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-12||-6.6||6-12||3.3||0.229||0.287||3.9||0.258||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||4-2||4.7||0.276||0.335||3.1||0.216||0.302|
|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)||4-8||L||110||8 ov||O||10||8||2||15||8||1|
|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)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/28/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/13/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||10-1||W||130||7.5 un||O||14||5||1||6||6||0|
|6/14/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||7-2||W||155||8 un||O||10||7||0||7||7||0|
|6/15/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-5||L||160||7.5 un||O||8||9||1||8||6||0|
|6/16/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-3||W||135||8 un||P||11||10||0||7||8||1|
|6/17/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||2-1||W||-130||8 un||U||7||8||1||6||11||0|
|6/18/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-4||L||-105||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||6||5||1|
|6/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||3-6||L||140||8 un||O||12||9||1||7||6||0|
|6/21/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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.
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Royals Preview* ==========================
By PAUL DIGIACOMO STATS Senior Editor
Chicago (29-40) at Kansas City (34-36), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The last thing the Chicago White Sox need right now is a matchup with Kansas City Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
The right-hander has completely shut down Chicago since being acquired by the Royals last summer, and he'll look to add to the visiting White Sox's woes in the opener of a three-game series Friday night.
Guthrie came to Kansas City in a deal for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez on July 19, and he's gone 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in six starts against the White Sox. The Royals have won all six games, and Guthrie has allowed one run over 15 innings in winning both outings this season.
He pitched a four-hitter in his first career shutout in the last matchup May 4, walking one in a 2-0 victory in Kansas City.
"He's been tough on us," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "First, because he's good. ... He seems to pick it up when we're facing him. ... You have to pick your poison, you go after him early and then you pop it up. He's tough."
Guthrie beat Baltimore in his next start May 9 to increase his club record to 18 consecutive outings without a defeat and improve to 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA on the season. However, he's struggled since, going 2-4 with a 5.24 ERA in his past seven starts.
Guthrie (7-4, 3.72 ERA) gave up three home runs in a 5-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday and leads the majors with 19 allowed.
"I'd like someone to pass me," Guthrie told the Royals' official website. "It's hard for them to pass me, I'm going real fast."
Guthrie has not allowed a home run in 44 2-3 innings against the White Sox (29-41) since joining the Royals (34-36).
Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn hit back-to-back homers in Minnesota on Thursday, but it wasn't enough as the White Sox lost 8-4.
Chicago has dropped three straight, seven of eight and 17 of 22 games. The White Sox are 12 games under .500 for the first time since the last day of the 2007 season.
"We truly feel like we're way too good to be playing like this," pitcher John Danks said. "We feel we're just as talented as any team in the league."
The Royals are 12-6 in June but have lost two in a row, falling 6-3 in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
"It's tough," left fielder Alex Gordon said. "... We would have loved to turn these last two games around. We could have. We had our opportunities and just didn't do it."
Kansas City will be facing Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30), who has been filling in for the injured Jake Peavy. The left-hander has been in and out of the rotation this season, going 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts.
He lost 5-4 in Houston on Sunday after giving up three runs in the second inning.
"Like I said earlier in the year, it's always one inning," Santiago told the White Sox's official website. "First, second inning I get in trouble and then I settled in, but I have to get to the point where I get through the first two innings. Get through those and it seems like we're good from there."
Santiago has not allowed a run while striking out 13 in 11 1-3 career innings against the Royals. He's made one start, allowing three hits in four innings opposite Guthrie on Sept. 9 when the Royals won 2-1 in 10 innings in Chicago.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:49:27 AM EST|