|CHI WHITE SOX ( AXELROD )|
DETROIT ( PORCELLO )
|917||CHI WHITE SOX||+185||Ov 9,-120||+210||Ov 9.5,+110|
|918||DETROIT||-200||Un 9,+100||-230||Un 9.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-38||-9.2||27-34||3.9||0.250||0.296||4.4||0.252||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.8||3-4||3.1||0.274||0.289||4.6||0.249||0.317|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-29||+0.1||36-32||5.0||0.282||0.344||3.8||0.237||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.1||4-2||6.7||0.281||0.351||4.1||0.278||0.328|
|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)||2-8||L||-120||8 ov||O||5||3||0||13||10||1|
|7/9/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||11-4||W||240||8 un||O||23||13||0||7||4||0|
|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)|| |
|6/26/2013||ALVAREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||BUCKNER(R)||4-7||L||-145||10 ov||O||12||7||1||10||5||0|
|6/27/2013||FISTER(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||1-3||L||-145||8.5 un||U||7||7||0||11||10||0|
|6/28/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COLOME(R)||6-3||W||-135||8 un||O||8||4||0||5||4||0|
|6/29/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-4||L||-140||7.5 un||U||8||9||1||12||10||1|
|6/30/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||1-3||L||115||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/1/2013||ALVAREZ(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||3-8||L||115||9 un||O||7||5||1||10||6||0|
|7/2/2013||FISTER(R)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)||7-6||W||-150||9 un||O||12||8||0||7||4||0|
|7/3/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||6-2||W||-125||8 un||P||8||7||0||9||8||3|
|7/4/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||11-1||W||-135||8.5 un||O||16||11||0||6||6||1|
|7/5/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||7-0||W||115||8.5 ov||U||9||5||0||6||8||0|
|7/6/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||9-4||W||-165||9 ov||O||13||9||1||8||7||1|
|7/7/2013||FISTER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||6-9||L||-130||8.5 ov||O||13||11||0||8||4||0|
|7/8/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||4-2||W||-155||8.5 ev||U||7||8||0||10||10||0|
|7/9/2013||VERLANDER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-11||L||-280||8 un||O||7||4||0||23||13||0|
|7/10/2013||PORCELLO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|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.
|DETROIT: HITTING: OF AUSTIN JACKSON doesn't make much contact, but manager Jim Leyland likes his speed in the leadoff spot. RYAN RABURN and RAMON SANTIAGO will split second base duties, with Raburn getting the majority of the starts. 3B MIGUEL CABRERA seems to have cleaned up his act. He's an MVP candidate. So is newcomer 1B PRINCE FIELDER who will try to keep slugging in his move to a pitchers' park. His presence was needed after DH VICTOR MARTINEZ was lost for the season with a knee injury. OF DELMON YOUNG is a pending free agent, and he hit well after escaping spacious Target Field. He'll nab the starting LF job but could also DH. OF BRENNAN BOESCH did enough pre-injury to earn an everyday role, but he'll again be in danger of fading over the summer. SS JHONNY PERALTA had a resurgence in 2011, and he's on the right side of 30. C ALEX AVILA might not hit for average, but his power is legit. Leyland favorite BRANDON INGE and DON KELLY will back up the All-Star corner infielders, so neither expect to get much playing time. Streaky OF ANDY DIRKS is a fourth outfielder. C GERALD LAIRD will spell Avila. |
STARTING PITCHING: You can't expect an identical stat line for JUSTIN VERLANDER; his opponent .236 batting average on balls in play suggests there was some luck involved in his MVP season. But he's still the best pitcher in the American League by a wide margin. DOUG FISTER's improved strikeout rate with the Tigers suggests he could sustain success as a quality No. 2 starter. MAX SCHERZER can still be outstanding when he's on, but he was inconsistent again last year. He could figure it out in his late-20s, but time is running out. RICK PORCELLO still has a ways to go. His mid-season success came against some weak lineups. He's still only 23, but he hasn't been able to beat hitters at any level in the pros. The Tigers are still searching for a No. 5 starter. Top prospect JACOB TURNER is only 20, but the Tigers haven't been shy about fast-tracking young arms. He was dominant in the minors, but torched in his first big-league stint. ANDY OLIVER appears to be the front-runner for this role, but DREW SMYLY is also a possibility.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOSE VALVERDE was perfect in 2011, but it was a surprising development considering his sliding K/BB ratio. For Tigers fans, he carries more risk than 49-for-49 would suggest. One of baseball's better set-up men, JOAQUIN BENOIT is an eighth-inning-only guy. He'd take over if Valverde got hurt. OCTAVIO DOTEL is another elite set-up man who will step up as the seventh-inning guy. As good as AL ALBURQUERQUE was in the regular season (one extra-base hit'a double'allowed in 43.1 innings!), he's out until at least the All-Star break after offseason elbow surgery. Lefty DANIEL SCHLERETH has a chance to be the closer of the future, but first he'll need to cut down on the walks.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Tigers Preview* ==========================
Chicago (34-52) at Detroit (49-39), 7:08 p.m. EDT
The Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios emphatically put aside his struggles against one Detroit Tigers starter in the opener of this three-game set. He'll look to do the same against another Wednesday night.
The slugger has a poor history against Rick Porcello, who has been woeful in his last two home starts but was outstanding his last time out.
Rios tied an AL mark with six hits in a nine-inning game Tuesday in an 11-4 victory. He's the first White Sox player to go 6 for 6 since Lance Johnson on Sept. 23, 1995.
"It's been the most fun we've had in a quite a while," Rios said. "We've had some tough times, but it shows we haven't quit."
The right fielder was 8 for 33 in his career against Justin Verlander before becoming the first player to get four hits off the Tigers ace in one game.
Now Rios will try for a similar breakout effort against Porcello (5-6, 4.82 ERA). He's 6 for 28 with three homers against the right-hander.
Porcello, though, has yielded 13 runs over 10 1-3 innings in losing back-to-back home starts. His losing streak reached three before he threw seven innings to earn a 7-0 road victory over second-place Cleveland on Friday.
"His mound presence (that night), with a packed house, on the road and a team right there with you, was the best I've seen," manager Jim Leyland said.
Porcello has gone 5-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his last seven starts against the White Sox, including 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA in the last three at home.
Gordon Beckham is 6 for 15 against the Tigers starter, and the Chicago second baseman is 9 for 20 during a five-game hitting streak.
The White Sox's 23 hits Tuesday marked their highest total since they had 24 on May 25, 2009. Dayan Viciedo homered twice and drove in four runs for Chicago, which ended a four-game overall slide and seven-game skid in Detroit.
Miguel Cabrera broke the Tigers' record for homers before the All-Star break with his 29th. He leads the majors with a .363 batting average and 92 RBIs.
Cabrera, however, appeared to hurt his back by leaping for a high throw in the eighth inning.
"He's not 100 percent and that's why he's not going to take part in the (All-Star game) home run contest," Leyland said. "I talked to him and we talked to the trainers, and on the trainer's advice, he's not going to do it."
Victor Martinez is hitting .400 during an 11-game streak for Detroit (49-40), which will try to extend the winless streak of Chicago's Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) to eight starts.
Axelrod has gone 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA over his last seven outings. He gave up five runs over 1 2-3 innings in the shortest start of his career Friday, an 8-3 road loss to Tampa Bay.
The right-hander owns a 5.84 ERA against Detroit in four career appearances - two starts. Cabrera is 3 for 7 against him and Austin Jackson is 4 for 5.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 3:29:47 AM EST|