|CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )|
CLEVELAND ( MCALLISTER )
|961||CHI WHITE SOX||+140||Ov 8,-115||+155||Ov 8,-115|
|962||CLEVELAND||-150||Un 8,-105||-165||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-45||-13||33-37||3.8||0.252||0.300||4.5||0.256||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||2-4||2.4||0.227||0.281||4.7||0.237||0.294|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-15||+7.6||19-15||5.3||0.271||0.333||4.5||0.241||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.1||2-5||5.6||0.290||0.353||2.3||0.183||0.251|
|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)||2-4||L||-110||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||8||9||0|
|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||PEAVY(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|8/5/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/19/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||2-3||L||-125||9 ov||U||4||5||2||6||6||0|
|7/20/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||2-3||L||-135||9 ov||U||5||5||1||6||7||0|
|7/21/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||7-1||W||-135||9 un||U||9||6||1||2||3||1|
|7/22/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||1-2||L||100||8.5 un||U||5||7||0||6||7||0|
|7/23/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||3-4||L||105||8.5 un||U||11||7||3||9||7||0|
|7/24/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||10-1||W||-120||8 ev||O||13||7||2||2||6||1|
|7/29/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/30/2013||KAZMIR(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||KLUBER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|8/1/2013||MASTERSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|8/5/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Indians Preview* ===========================
Chicago (40-61) at Cleveland (55-48), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians have posted back-to-back shutouts as they get ready to welcome the AL's worst offense to town.
Zach McAllister will try to help the Indians post three straight shutouts for the first time in nearly 57 years heading into Monday night's opener of a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox.
Cleveland (56-48) seeks its first five-game win streak since June 28-July 2, with tremendous pitching performances accounting for the last two victories.
Justin Masterson and two relievers combined on a five-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Texas on Saturday before Ubaldo Jimenez and Vinnie Pestano yielded two total hits in a 6-0 win Sunday.
The Indians haven't recorded three consecutive shutouts since Sept. 18-19, 1956, against the Washington Senators. Herb Score, Mike Garcia and Bob Lemon all went the distance in those games.
McAllister (4-6, 3.57 ERA) can't be expected to do the same since he has never thrown a complete game. He hasn't lasted past the sixth inning in any of his last four starts.
The right-hander returned last Tuesday and made his first start since June 2 after being on the disabled list with a sprained right middle finger. He gave up four runs over five innings in a 109-pitch effort in a 4-3 loss at Seattle.
"First time back, hadn't pitched in a while, and we're making him throw a lot of pitches," manager Terry Francona told the Indians' official website. "So, I thought he did a pretty good job."
McAllister is 2-1 with a 3.07 ERA in five career starts against the White Sox, including 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two this year.
Paul Konerko is 2 for 15 against him, Adam Dunn is 1 for 11 with a homer and eight strikeouts and Alex Rios 2 for 11. Chicago (40-62) is averaging an AL-low 3.7 runs.
Cleveland has not lost since McAllister's last outing, sweeping the high-powered Rangers over the weekend. The Indians are three games behind Detroit in the AL Central race and one game behind Baltimore for the final wild-card spot.
"We're having fun and we're pulling off some good wins," said first baseman Nick Swisher, who went 5 for 15 over the weekend. "Collectively, we're playing great."
Cleveland is 7-2 against Chicago this year, matching its victory total from 2012.
The Indians are 20-14 against left-handed starters as they face John Danks (2-8, 4.81), who is 0-5 with a 6.03 ERA in six road starts.
Danks has also allowed 11 runs over 14 innings in dropping consecutive home starts. He is 4-8 with a 4.94 ERA in 16 starts against Cleveland.
The White Sox's offensive woes continued as they totaled three runs and batted .196 in getting swept in three home games over the weekend by Kansas City.
"I think pitching-wise, our guys gave us every opportunity," manager Robin Ventura said. "We just didn't come up with much. That's frustrating and all that stuff going with it."
Chicago journeyman Jeff Keppinger is 16 for 35 in the season series and 6 for 10 against McAllister.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 6:19:27 PM EST|