|CHI WHITE SOX ( AXELROD )|
KANSAS CITY ( SHIELDS )
|969||CHI WHITE SOX||+150||Ov 8,-110||+175||Ov 7.5,-120|
|970||KANSAS CITY||-160||Un 8,-110||-185||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-29||-3.5||20-29||3.7||0.242||0.287||4.0||0.242||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||5-2||4.7||0.268||0.304||4.6||0.268||0.333|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-24||+4.1||20-29||4.2||0.268||0.317||3.6||0.249||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||3-3||2.7||0.232||0.289||4.4||0.238||0.324|
|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)||9-1||W||125||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||3||2||1|
|6/22/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-2||W||110||8.5 un||U||9||8||0||7||6||0|
|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||MARCUM(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/28/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/29/2013||AXELROD(R)||CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/30/2013|| ||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)||1-9||L||-135||8.5 ov||O||3||2||1||11||7||0|
|6/22/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||-120||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||9||8||0|
|6/23/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||@ 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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Chicago (30-41) at Kansas City (34-37), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Runs have been tough to come by for the Kansas City Royals, and they've been almost nonexistent whenever they've had James Shields on the mound.
The Royals will attempt to turn things around at the plate and avoid a fifth straight loss Sunday against a Chicago White Sox team hoping to end a disappointing road trip on a positive note.
After Kansas City (34-38) failed to come through with the go-ahead run on third and one out in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday, Alejandro De Aza drove in Jordan Danks with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to give Chicago (31-41) a 3-2 victory.
"It seems like we're always on the losing end of one-run games, so fundamentally to get a sac fly to get the winning run, it's a good feeling," said Jeff Keppinger, who had three hits. "Hopefully we can build off it."
The Royals haven't been feeling good offensively. They've totaled nine runs while hitting .207 with runners in scoring position over their four-game losing streak.
Lorenzo Cain (1 for 15), Salvador Perez (2 for 15), Alex Gordon (0 for 11) and Billy Butler (1 for 10) have fallen on difficult times during the skid.
"We're all scratching our heads," manager Ned Yost said. "The consistency of our offense has been a little bit mind-boggling."
Shields (2-6, 2.72 ERA) has certainly been haunted by the lack of scoring, getting none over his last two starts. His 2.80 run-support average is among the lowest in the major leagues, and he's received 11 total runs of support over a nine-start winless stretch since beating Tampa Bay on April 30.
Despite struggling to score, the Royals have actually won each of Shields' last four starts. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in each, and has pitched at least six innings in 29 straight starts. He yielded one run in six innings in Kansas City's 2-1 comeback win over Cleveland on Monday.
Although he's 3-4 with a 4.11 ERA in 13 career starts against the White Sox, Shields has struck out 15 and allowed one run over 14 innings in two meetings this season. He's 0-1, though, thanks to a Kansas City offense that has given him one run.
The AL Central-worst White Sox look to avoid their seventh loss on a 10-game swing by earning their first road sweep since Sept. 14-16 at Minnesota.
Dayan Viciedo is batting .310 during a seven-game hit streak and 4 for 8 all-time when facing Shields, while Alexei Ramirez has a .379 average and two homers in 29 career at-bats in this matchup.
Sluggers Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn haven't been able to figure out Shields, going a combined 5 for 46 with 17 strikeouts lifetime against him.
Chicago hopes right-hander Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.39) can regroup after getting tagged for 11 runs and 18 hits - four homers - over 10-plus innings in his last two outings. He threw a season-high 114 pitches while allowing a career-worst 10 hits and five runs before leaving without a decision in a 7-5 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.
Axelrod, though, pitched well in his only career start against the Royals on May 4, yielding two runs in a season-high 7 2-3 innings in a 2-0 road loss.
Eric Hosmer, who had three hits off Axelrod last month, and Mike Moustakas have been bright spots for the Royals, going a combined 13 for 29 during the losing streak.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:38:46 PM EST|