|KANSAS CITY ( DAVIS )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SALE )
|977||KANSAS CITY||+150||Ov 7.5,-110||+155||Ov 7.5,+115|
|978||CHI WHITE SOX||-160||Un 7.5,-110||-165||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-17||-6.6||9-18||3.4||0.236||0.283||4.1||0.257||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||2-4||4.0||0.270||0.318||3.6||0.290||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-44||-11.4||33-36||3.9||0.253||0.301||4.5||0.256||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||3-3||4.0||0.261||0.317||5.0||0.260||0.317|
|7/13/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||3-5||L||135||9 un||U||8||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/14/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||4-6||L||-105||8 un||O||10||9||0||13||11||1|
|7/26/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||5-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||10||5||0||9||9||1|
|7/27/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||CHEN(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/30/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|7/13/2013||DANKS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||5-4||W||105||8.5 ov||O||13||12||1||13||9||1|
|7/13/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||1-2||L||120||8.5 un||U||8||12||1||5||6||3|
|7/14/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||3-4||L||145||8 un||U||10||5||0||9||10||1|
|7/26/2013||QUINTANA(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-5||L||+105||7.5 un||U||9||9||1||10||5||0|
|7/27/2013||SALE(L)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|7/29/2013||DANKS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||SALE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|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 (KANSAS CITY-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-White Sox Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Kansas City (48-51) at Chicago (40-59), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Strong pitching is a big reason the Kansas City Royals are surging since the All-Star break.
Wade Davis would like to contribute to that success.
Davis will try to lead the Royals to a fifth straight win by ending his four-game slide Saturday night against the last-place Chicago White Sox.
Kansas City (49-51) has won six of eight since the break, and the rotation has been key with a 1.79 ERA in those victories and a 2.34 mark overall. James Shields kept the Royals hot Friday, tossing seven scoreless innings in a 5-1 win in the opener of this three-game set.
"I think we're playing some decent baseball right now," Shields said. "I think there's always room to improve, but right now we're on a little bit of a roll and it's nice. I think we're playing on all cylinders right now."
That's certainly not the case for Davis (4-9, 5.92 ERA), who has baseball's highest ERA and WHIP (1.81) of any pitcher with at least 97 innings. The right-hander is also 1-6 with a 5.88 ERA over his last 11 starts, losing four in a row with a 10.91 ERA while striking out 19 and walking 12 in 15 2-3 innings.
Davis' struggles showed few signs of ending in Monday's 9-2 loss to Baltimore. He surrendered four runs and seven hits with three walks while throwing 83 pitches in 2 2-3 innings.
"I'm just inconsistent," Davis said. "I've got to get deep in games. I fell behind in the count too much, a leadoff walk."
He's been very consistent against the White Sox, however, going 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in nine games - six starts. That includes allowing three runs in 13 innings without a decision in two starts this year.
The White Sox have dropped seven of 10, but Chris Sale (6-9, 2.81) is looking to win a fourth straight start at home against the Royals.
The left-hander has a 1.25 ERA while winning his last three against the AL Central rival on the South Side. He was dominant again April 1, scattering seven hits with seven strikeouts before leaving with two outs in the eighth of a 1-0 win on opening day.
Sale hasn't received much help from the offense over his last nine outings anywhere. He has a 3.09 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 64 innings over that span, but is 1-7 since he's been backed by an average of 2.3 runs.
That was the case again in Monday's 7-3 loss to Detroit, as Sale allowed four runs - two earned - and fanned 11 in eight innings while backed by two runs as his defense committed three errors.
It wasn't his performance that put him in the spotlight, however, as much as his argument with pitching coach Don Cooper on the mound after being told to intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera.
Sale later apologized to manager Robin Ventura.
"I was pretty embarrassed with how I reacted," Sale told the team's official website. "No matter how confident I am in myself for what I think might be right, at the end of the day, it's his call. And I have to respect that."
Sale has struggled against Billy Butler, who is 9 for 28 (.321) off him with three homers and one double.
Butler has two doubles and a solo homer while recording three straight multihit games.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:37:49 AM EST|