|CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )
|971||CHI WHITE SOX||+195||Ov 7.5,+100||+195||Ov 7.5,+105|
|972||TAMPA BAY||-215||Un 7.5,-120||-215||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-13||-7.2||8-10||3.4||0.240||0.304||4.4||0.238||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||1-6||2.3||0.253||0.281||3.9||0.252||0.314|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-10||+4.1||13-11||5.3||0.271||0.340||3.2||0.215||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.4||3-3||6.0||0.298||0.379||1.9||0.186||0.242|
|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)||3-8||L||187||8 un||O||10||7||0||14||13||0|
|7/6/2013||SALE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-3||L||125||7 un||U||6||7||1||6||8||0|
|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||AXELROD(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||SALE(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||DANKS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|6/23/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||3-1||W||105||9 ov||U||9||12||1||7||7||0|
|7/1/2013||MOORE(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||12-0||W||-155||8 ov||O||17||12||0||2||3||0|
|7/2/2013||PRICE(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||8-0||W||-180||8 un||P||12||9||0||4||3||0|
|7/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||1-4||L||-155||8.5 ov||U||8||7||0||7||2||0|
|7/4/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||7-5||W||-155||8.5 ov||O||9||8||0||5||7||0|
|7/5/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||8-3||W||-205||8 un||O||14||13||0||10||7||0|
|7/6/2013||MOORE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-0||W||-135||7 un||U||6||8||0||6||7||1|
|7/7/2013||PRICE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Rays Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Chicago (34-49) at Tampa Bay (47-40), 1:40 p.m. EDT
After a strong return from his first career trip to the disabled list, Tampa Bay's David Price hopes he's getting a fresh start to the 2013 season.
Looking to win his fourth straight start against Chicago, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner tries to help the Rays complete their first-ever series sweep of the lowly White Sox on Sunday.
Out since mid-May with a triceps strain, Price (2-4, 4.65 ERA) allowed three hits and struck out 10 without a walk while throwing 70 pitches over seven innings of an 8-0 win at Houston on Tuesday.
"That's probably the best I've felt on a baseball field maybe in my entire life, honestly," said Price, who went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 2012. "I felt like that's the most control I've had of a baseball game in a very long time. I think that was better than I threw the ball really at any point last year.
"It's huge for me, my confidence."
In a way, Price felt his time on the DL proved to be somewhat positive.
"Just letting me regroup with everything," he told the Rays' official website.
"The way the first nine starts went, it makes it kind of tough to sleep at night. "That's not me. I felt like I got back to myself (Tuesday)."
Price's other victory this season came at Chicago on April 28, when he gave up three runs and struck out nine in seven innings of an 8-3 win. He's posted a 2.05 ERA during his three-start winning streak against the White Sox.
After being named to the All-Star team, Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist had two hits and Luke Scott delivered an RBI double as the Rays (48-40) won their third straight, 3-0 on Saturday. Matt Moore pitched 6 1-3 innings to best Chicago All-Star Chris Sale as the Rays won for the seventh time in eight contests.
"We're playing great right now," Moore said.
The White Sox, outscored 29-10 during a four-game skid in the series, have dropped 26 of 36.
Zobrist, 1 for 22 in five games prior to Saturday, has gone 7 for 13 in his last three against the White Sox. However, he's 2 for 14 with seven strikeouts against John Danks (2-5, 4.38).
The left-hander snapped a three-game slide Tuesday, allowing two runs in seven innings of a 5-2 win over Baltimore. He's yielded three earned runs in 14 1-3 innings over his last two starts.
"Definitely my last few, I've felt I've had command," Danks told the White Sox's official website. "Just trying not to hurt myself. Trying not to hurt guys, trying to keep the ball in the ballpark."
Including postseason, Danks has gone 6-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 10 starts against the Rays, last facing them in 2011.
White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is 9 for 18 in July, and is batting .409 in his last 12 games.
He's hit .350 (7 for 20) in his past five at Tropicana Field, but is 1 for 18 against Price.
Batting .406 during a 16-game hitting streak, Tampa Bay's James Loney is likely to be in the lineup after he was used as a late defensive replacement Saturday.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:59:02 PM EST|