|CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )|
PHILADELPHIA ( PETTIBONE )
|Doubleheader Game #1|
|981||CHI WHITE SOX||+105||Ov 8,-105||+105||Ov 8.5,-115|
|982||PHILADELPHIA||-115||Un 8,-115||-115||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-39||-8.8||29-34||3.9||0.251||0.298||4.5||0.255||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.4||5-2||4.0||0.286||0.323||5.3||0.295||0.353|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-12||-3.2||13-8||4.3||0.262||0.308||3.9||0.233||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||3-4||3.9||0.275||0.308||4.3||0.268||0.310|
|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)||5-8||L||230||9.5 un||O||9||6||0||15||7||0|
|7/11/2013||SALE(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||6-3||W||145||7.5 un||O||11||12||0||10||6||2|
|7/13/2013||DANKS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)|| |
|7/14/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|6/29/2013||LEE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-4||L||-115||6.5 un||O||11||11||0||6||5||2|
|6/30/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||1-6||L||100||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||14||8||0|
|7/2/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||CUMPTON(R)||3-1||W||140||8.5 ev||U||9||6||1||6||9||2|
|7/3/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||5-6||L||180||8 un||O||11||9||0||13||10||2|
|7/4/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||6-4||W||120||7.5 un||O||14||9||1||9||4||1|
|7/13/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||LANNAN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/14/2013||HAMELS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Phillies Preview* ============================
Chicago (36-53) at Philadelphia (46-47), 3:05 p.m. EDT
The Chicago White Sox have had a miserable season - particularly offensively - but their lineup seemed to find a groove while winning a road series this week.
The visiting White Sox will try to continue their hot hitting during Saturday's day-night doubleheader against a Philadelphia Phillies team in the midst of its most successful month of the season.
Chicago (36-53) is second-to-last in baseball with 336 runs, and its .301 on-base percentage and .384 slugging percentage are also near the bottom.
However, the White Sox hope the postponement of Friday's series opener won't halt any momentum earned after they scored 22 runs while taking two of three from AL Central-leading Detroit. Chicago won 6-3 on Thursday behind Josh Phegley's grand slam, his third homer in five games since making his big league debut.
Chicago hit .358 for the series, bolstered by Alex Rios' 6-for-6 performance in an 11-4 victory Tuesday. Alejandro De Aza was 7 for 14 and scored five runs while Dayan Viciedo drove in five.
It was the most runs Chicago scored in a series this year.
"You just keep going. It's a good feeling," manager Robin Ventura told the team's official website. "As low as it has been, you can have a series like this and beat a really good team."
The White Sox face a serious challenge against Philadelphia, which has won seven of 10. The Phillies (46-47) are on the verge of being .500 for the first time since they were 31-31 on June 7.
"It would be real good if we could win a series before we go into the break," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It's what we need to do, start winning series. If you do that every day, you're right there, you're sitting in good position."
Scheduled Phillies Game 1 starter Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84 ERA) has posted a 2.35 ERA in his last four starts and won the past two, matching a season high with six strikeouts in each. He limited the Braves to one run over 5 1-3 innings of a 7-3 win Sunday.
The right-hander has had mixed results in two interleague starts, posting a 1-1 record and 4.63 ERA.
Chicago counters with John Danks (2-6, 4.31), who is 1-2 in his last three starts despite a 2.53 ERA. Danks, who gave up three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 road loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, has received six runs of support in the three games.
The left-hander has gone 7-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 19 interleague starts but is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three such outings this season.
Taking the mound for Chicago in the nightcap, left-hander Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.49) has not earned a decision in three straight starts but has allowed two runs and five hits in each of the last two. He lasted 5 1-3 innings of an 8-2 loss to the Cubs on Monday.
The two runs Santiago allowed in that contest are his only surrendered over 12 1-3 innings while not earning a decision in two 2013 starts against the NL.
He'll be opposed by John Lannan (2-3, 4.23), who looks to build on Monday's outing when he gave up four hits in eight scoreless innings of a 3-2 win over Washington.
The left-hander last faced Chicago in 2010, when he gave up five runs in four innings of a 6-3 loss while with the Nationals.
The Phillies took three of four at home from Washington, capped by a 3-1 win Thursday.
Left-handed hitting Ben Revere, who went 2 for 4 and is batting .436 during a nine-game hit streak, has a .455 average against lefties in his last 11 games. He's batting .362 against those pitchers this season.
Teammate Delmon Young is batting .372 with two homers and four doubles off Danks.
The status of White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is uncertain after he left Thursday's game with a cramp in his right leg. Ramirez, who has started all 89 games, is 7 for 18 over his last four.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 5:06:00 PM EST|