|KANSAS CITY ( CHEN )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SANTIAGO )
|923||KANSAS CITY||+100||Ov 8,-115||+100||Ov 7.5,-105|
|924||CHI WHITE SOX||-110||Un 8,-105||-110||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-17||-5.1||9-19||3.3||0.236||0.282||4.0||0.254||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.8||1-5||3.3||0.261||0.301||2.9||0.267||0.310|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-16||-8||9-14||3.4||0.242||0.303||4.2||0.234||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||2-4||2.6||0.232||0.289||4.3||0.251||0.309|
|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)||1-0||W||150||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||5||7||0|
|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||CHEN(L)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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)||0-1||L||-160||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||7||7||1|
|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||DANKS(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ 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 (49-51) at Chicago (40-60), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Kansas City Royals are on the verge of matching their longest winning streak of the season, thanks in large part to superb pitching.
The rotation has been particularly dominant.
Bruce Chen looks to keep the Royals rolling with another commanding performance Sunday against the last-place Chicago White Sox.
Kansas City (50-51) is on a five-game winning streak for the first time since a season-high six-game run from June 5-10.
The Royals' current surge has been powered by their pitching staff, which has compiled a 1.00 ERA. The rotation has been especially excellent with a 0.79 ERA.
James Shields tossed seven scoreless innings in Friday's 5-1 win and Wade Davis was even better Saturday, going 7 1-3 while allowing four hits in Kansas City's 1-0 victory.
Now it's up to Chen (4-0, 1.97 ERA) to help the Royals complete the sweep. The left-hander has been outstanding in two starts since entering the rotation in place of an ineffective Luis Mendoza, who beat him out for a starting spot in spring training.
The only run the 36-year-old has allowed in 12 innings of two starts came on a solo homer in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Baltimore.
"His fastball - he'll throw one at 83 (mph) and then one at 87, and the 87 looks like 94 mixed in with the slow curveball, the changeup, the two-seamer. So he does a great job of on and off the gas with his velocities," manager Ned Yost told the team's official website.
Chen is 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA over his last five games - four starts - versus Chicago. However, that defeat came in his most recent visit to the South Side on Sept. 8, when he surrendered five runs and three homers in six innings of a 5-4 loss.
The White Sox (40-61) haven't been nearly that productive at the plate lately, getting 14 hits in this series with their only run coming on a Conor Gillaspie's solo shot Friday.
Gordon Beckham, 0 for 6 in this series, is mired in a five-game slump during which he's gone 1 for 21. He had been hitting .396 in the 12 games prior to this stretch.
Beckham is 4 for 27 with a homer against Chen.
Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.38) will take the mound hoping to replicate his most recent start against the Royals. He went a season-high eight innings in Kansas City on June 21, allowing three hits and a run in a 9-1 win.
He's 0-1 with a 4.18 ERA in five starts since.
Santiago was charged with a 6-2 loss to visiting Detroit on Tuesday, allowing six runs - three earned - with six strikeouts and a career high-tying five walks in six innings. The defense didn't provide much help with a season-high four errors.
He may not have to deal with Lorenzo Cain, who has three hits and two RBIs over the past two games. The center fielder exited in the eighth inning Saturday due to tightness in his left groin after crashing into the outfield wall while taking a hit away from Jeff Keppinger in the seventh.
"He's got a little bit of a groin strain, why we took him out," Yost said. "He's day to day. Probably rest him (Sunday) because we've got an off day on Monday, grab him two days right there."
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 12:56:14 AM EST|