|BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )
|923||BALTIMORE||-115||Ov 9,-105||-115||Ov 8.5,-105|
|924||CHI WHITE SOX||+105||Un 9,-115||+105||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-9||+3.5||9-11||4.7||0.269||0.319||4.2||0.247||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||2-5||5.3||0.257||0.288||3.3||0.247||0.313|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-35||-9.5||24-32||3.8||0.245||0.294||4.4||0.249||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6||4-3||4.6||0.273||0.347||7.1||0.303||0.354|
|6/18/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||5-2||W||187||8 ov||U||9||7||1||9||10||0|
|6/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||13-3||W||125||9 un||O||17||5||0||11||10||0|
|6/21/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-7||L||110||9 ov||O||7||2||0||9||4||0|
|6/22/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)||2-4||L||-115||9.5 un||U||6||3||0||4||2||1|
|6/23/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||5-13||L||145||8.5 ov||O||11||6||0||14||6||1|
|6/28/2013||MCFARLAND(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-3||W||-115||8.5 ev||U||5||2||0||11||9||1|
|6/29/2013||BRITTON(L)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||11-3||W||-135||9 un||O||15||5||1||11||10||0|
|6/30/2013||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 un||U||8||4||0||6||8||0|
|7/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/4/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/5/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/7/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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)||6-7||L||180||8 ev||O||11||10||2||12||8||0|
|6/25/2013||SALE(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||5-4||W||-175||7.5 un||O||7||7||1||5||3||1|
|6/26/2013||DANKS(L)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)||0-3||L||-120||8.5 un||U||4||3||1||7||3||0|
|7/4/2013||QUINTANA(L)||BALTIMORE|| || |
|7/5/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||SALE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/7/2013||DANKS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/8/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-White Sox Preview* ===========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Baltimore (47-36) at Chicago (32-47), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles have yet to win five straight this season or go 12 games above 500.
They would seem to have the right opponent up next as they try to accomplish both those goals.
Baltimore looks to ride the scorching bat of Chris Davis to its longest win streak of the year Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game road set against the reeling Chicago White Sox.
The Orioles (47-36) secured their first sweep of the season with three straight wins against the rival New York Yankees this weekend. After an 11-3 rout Saturday that featured two homers and five RBIs from Davis, the Baltimore slugger hit his major league-leading 31st home run in a 4-2 victory Sunday.
Nate McLouth and Manny Machado also went deep for the Orioles, who have scored 26 runs and batted .393 with runners in scoring position during a season high-tying four-game win streak.
"I think it's always a statement whenever you sweep anybody," said Davis, second in the majors with 80 RBIs. "We've always put emphasis on winning series and making sure we at least win the majority of the games, but when you can get a sweep, especially against a team in the division, it's huge."
Huge would be an understatement to describe how valuable Davis has been. His 31 homers are a franchise record before the All-Star break, and he's the first player in major league history to have at least 30 home runs and 25 doubles before July.
Davis, batting .324 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs in his last 18 games, is tied for second in the AL in doubles, trailing Machado, whose 38 are the second most in baseball through the end of June since 1921.
Already leading the majors in homers (115) and ranking second in runs (410), Baltimore's offense received another boost Sunday with Brian Roberts' return from a right hamstring injury. Roberts went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly and batted ninth as the designated hitter in his first game since April 5.
Jason Hammel (7-4, 5.09 ERA) look to keep the Orioles hot and build off one of his best starts of the season. The right-hander limited Cleveland to two runs over seven innings Wednesday but left without a decision in a 4-3 loss. Although Hammel went 0-2 with a 5.34 ERA in June, he has pitched at least six innings in six of his last seven outings.
He's been very good in his last two starts against the White Sox, going 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA.
Hammel probably wouldn't mind if Paul Konerko sits out a seventh consecutive game with a sore back since Chicago's first baseman is 4 for 11 with two homers against him.
"There's still a little soreness on the follow-through, a little bit," Konerko told the team's website. "I feel like that will be gone by Tuesday."
The White Sox (32-47) are desperate for any kind of spark, having lost five straight and 23 of 31 to fall a season-worst 15 games under .500.
"It's frustrating losing for any team," ace Chris Sale said. "Any time you start losing a few in a row, you're going to be frustrated. But that's in any sport, any team. But our focus is on turning this around and heading in the right direction."
That begins with John Danks (1-5, 4.68), who has a 5.40 ERA in losing his past three starts since earning his only win June 8.
His last outing, however, was among his best of the season. The left-hander surrendered three runs - one earned - over 7 1-3 innings Wednesday but received no offensive support in a 3-0 loss to the Mets.
Davis is 0 for 9 against Danks.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2014 1:24:14 AM EST|