|BALTIMORE ( FELDMAN )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SANTIAGO )
|965||BALTIMORE||-120||Ov 8.5,-120||-120||Ov 8.5,-115|
|966||CHI WHITE SOX||+110||Un 8.5,+100||+110||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-10||+2.3||9-12||4.6||0.268||0.318||4.2||0.249||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.3||2-5||5.3||0.253||0.282||3.3||0.253||0.311|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-35||-8.4||24-33||3.8||0.246||0.295||4.3||0.249||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.9||3-4||4.4||0.272||0.337||6.4||0.289||0.342|
|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)||2-5||L||-120||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||10||7||0|
|7/3/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/5/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/7/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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|
|7/5/2013||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||QUINTANA(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Baltimore (47-36) at Chicago (32-47), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Scott Feldman was one of the few bright spots for the lowly Chicago Cubs this season.
He'll hope to be even better for the Baltimore Orioles.
A day after being traded to the Orioles, Feldman takes the mound in Chicago against the White Sox on Wednesday night.
Feldman, who went 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts for the Cubs, was traded Tuesday along with catcher Steve Clevenger to Baltimore (47-37) for pitchers Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop and two international signing bonus slots.
"He's a proven veteran starting pitcher, and he should help stabilize our rotation in the second half of the season," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told the Orioles' official website.
Originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday for the Cubs, Feldman has an immediate chance to help the Orioles' inconsistent rotation. The right-hander allowed three runs without a walk in six innings of a 5-4 win at Milwaukee last Wednesday.
Feldman returns to the AL after spending his first eight seasons pitching for Texas, including 2005-06 with Showalter as manager. He is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts against the AL this year.
"He's a guy with some American League background," Showalter said. "Scotty is what he is. He's a competitive guy."
Feldman has allowed two runs and struck out 12 over 14 innings to win his last two starts against the White Sox. Most recently May 29, when he gave up those two runs and fanned seven in six innings of a 9-3 win.
He'll try to help the Orioles bounce back after their four-game winning streak ended with a 5-2 loss to Chicago on Tuesday. Brian Roberts homered for the first time since 2011 and Nick Markakis added three hits but Adam Dunn's two-run homer highlighted a three-run seventh for the White Sox (33-47), who snapped a five-game skid.
Playing his second game since missing almost three months with a knee injury, Roberts is 7 for 18 (.389) with that home run and three RBIs in five games this season. He's batting .338 with five homers and 12 RBIs in his last 18 versus Chicago.
Dunn has hit .315 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs in his last 21 games for the White Sox, who won for the ninth time in 32 contests.
"We know how good we are. We know we've got a hell of a road ahead of us. We did it to ourselves," winning pitcher John Danks said. "But at the same time, we know how capable we are of going on a run. We just hope that we're able to do it starting now. We know we're running out of time."
Dunn is 1 for 10 with four strikeouts versus Feldman.
Scheduled Chicago starter Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.59 ERA) takes the mound looking to bounce back after he could not hold a 5-0 lead and allowed five second-inning runs, seven hits and walked three while failing to get out of the third in Friday's 19-10 loss to Cleveland.
The left-hander is making his first start against the Orioles, but he allowed two homers over two innings of two relief appearances versus Baltimore last year.
Nolan Reimold homered in his only at-bat versus Santiago, and is batting .383 while hitting safely in all 13 career games versus Chicago. The outfielder went 1 for 3 on Tuesday in his return from missing almost two months with a strained right hamstring.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 9:27:14 PM EST|