|CHICAGO CUBS ( GARZA )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SANTIAGO )
|925||CHICAGO CUBS||-110||Ov 8,+100||+105||Ov 8,-115|
|926||CHI WHITE SOX||+100||Un 8,-120||-115||Un 8,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-14||-1.5||9-14||3.5||0.231||0.289||3.9||0.243||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||3-4||3.9||0.235||0.292||3.7||0.236||0.312|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-37||-10.4||25-34||3.8||0.247||0.294||4.4||0.252||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||1-6||2.0||0.245||0.261||3.7||0.241||0.302|
|6/25/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-9||L||130||8 ov||O||8||5||1||11||3||0|
|6/26/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||5-4||W||125||8.5 un||O||11||11||0||9||5||2|
|6/27/2013||GARZA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||7-2||W||100||9 un||P||9||6||0||9||8||2|
|6/28/2013||WOOD(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||4-5||L||140||7 un||O||7||2||0||9||11||1|
|6/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||5-3||W||-110||7 ov||O||10||6||0||10||8||0|
|6/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||7-6||W||105||8 ov||O||9||6||0||10||7||1|
|7/2/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||7-8||L||195||8 ev||O||13||5||1||10||4||0|
|7/3/2013||GARZA(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||3-1||W||180||7.5 un||U||12||9||0||4||7||0|
|7/4/2013||WOOD(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||0-1||L||150||8 ov||U||2||4||0||5||6||1|
|7/8/2013||GARZA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/9/2013||WOOD(L)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/11/2013||JACKSON(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||GARZA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|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)||1-3||L||210||7.5 un||U||8||5||0||5||4||0|
|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||QUINTANA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|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 NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-White Sox Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Chicago (37-48) at Chicago (34-50), 8:10 p.m. EDT
While he's attracting attention from other teams, Matt Garza claims to be focused on the next start for his current club.
The right-hander will seek to lead the Chicago Cubs to their first season sweep of the White Sox in 15 years in Monday night's makeup game at U.S. Cellular Field.
Garza's name has continued to swirl in trade rumors, but it's hardly hindered his pitching. He's gone 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his last four starts.
"For the past six or seven years my name always comes up (as a potential trade target). Until my phone rings, I'm going to be a Cub. I'm just worried about the next five days," Garza said after allowing one run over eight innings of a 3-1 win over Oakland on Wednesday.
Garza (4-1, 3.45 ERA) will try to keep rolling by leading the Cubs (38-48) to a 4-0 finish against their crosstown rivals after their May 28 game was rained out. They didn't take as much time to record their only other season sweep of the White Sox, winning three games June 5-7, 1998.
"If we win (Monday), it'd be nice to sweep any series," manager Dale Sveum told the team's official website. "But it's a little anticlimactic to how it could've been if we had played the games when they were supposed to be played."
The Cubs have won seven of 11 after taking two of three from NL Central co-leader Pittsburgh this weekend. They recovered from their 18th blown save of the season for a 4-3 win in 11 innings Sunday.
The Cubs have a team-record 11 wins in interleague play this season, posting a 2.99 ERA while hitting 23 homers in 17 games against the AL in 2013.
The White Sox (34-51) have been heading in a different direction, losing nine of 11 after a three-game sweep by Tampa Bay over the weekend. The club lost 3-1 on Sunday and has scored nine runs in its last five contests.
Alex Rios has struggled badly of late, batting .190 with no homers and five RBIs in his last 21 games. He's hitting .114 (4 for 35) in his last 11 matchups with the Cubs and is 5 for 28 (.179) all-time against Garza.
"It's the same thing day in and day out. It just gets old. You have to grind it out. That's it," Rios told the team's official website.
In his first start against the Cubs, Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.50) will try to build on a solid effort his last time out. The left-hander gave up two runs over seven innings of a 4-2 defeat to Baltimore on Wednesday.
Santiago, who matched a career high with nine strikeouts, has attempted to help himself by moving his bullpen sessions back one day.
"You get that one day instead of having two days off, of getting that feel off the mound," he told the team's website.
Santiago will likely have to face a rejuvenated Alfonso Soriano, who is expected to serve as the designated hitter for this game. Soriano, batting .342 with five homers and 14 RBIs in his last nine contests, has gone 8 for 17 with two home runs and six RBIs in four games as the DH this season.
Soriano has a .384 average in 29 lifetime games at that spot, 112 points higher than his career average. He's 10 for 29 with two homers in his last eight games against the White Sox.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 9:32:01 AM EST|