|CHI WHITE SOX ( RIENZO )|
CLEVELAND ( KAZMIR )
|917||CHI WHITE SOX||+135||Ov 8,+100||+175||Ov 8,-110|
|918||CLEVELAND||-145||Un 8,-120||-185||Un 8,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-17||-9.2||9-15||3.4||0.238||0.298||4.2||0.231||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||1-5||2.3||0.228||0.285||4.1||0.222||0.285|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-33||+5.1||28-38||4.5||0.251||0.325||4.3||0.248||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.1||2-5||5.0||0.279||0.347||2.4||0.196||0.258|
|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)||2-3||L||145||8 ov||U||6||6||1||4||7||2|
|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||QUINTANA(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||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)||3-2||W||-155||8 ov||U||4||7||2||6||6||1|
|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)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||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* ===========================
By CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor
Chicago (40-62) at Cleveland (56-48), 7:05 p.m. EDT
A fire sale has started on the South Side, and Jake Peavy could be the next player out of the White Sox locker room.
As speculation mounts with the trade deadline drawing closer, Peavy may or may not make his scheduled start Tuesday night when Chicago continues its series against the surging Cleveland Indians.
Peavy (8-4, 4.28 ERA) has been on display all of July as contenders ponder whether to add the right-hander - arguably the most sought-after starter - for a playoff push and help the last-place White Sox (40-63) build for the future. Jesse Crain was dealt by first-year general manager Rick Hahn, who sent the injured reliever - Crain has been sidelined with a right shoulder strain since July 3 - along with cash to Tampa Bay on Monday for either players or cash.
"We cannot say enough about what Jesse has meant to our bullpen, and the positive impact he's had on our young relievers," Hahn said. "We certainly think he has the ability to influence this year's pennant race very positively for the Rays."
Peavy, who won the NL Cy Young Award with San Diego in 2007, has been through this before - the White Sox acquired him at the 2009 deadline. Despite being on the disabled list with a broken rib earlier this year, plenty of teams have made inquiries, and he is taking it all in stride.
"I'm here and expect to go out and, unless I hear anything, pitch against Cleveland tomorrow," Peavy said before Monday's 3-2 loss. "Obviously, there's stuff being talked about. The coaches and general manager have kept me up to date. As a professional, I've got to be ready for the Cleveland Indians tomorrow. I will be. I expect to win. I hear a lot. All I can do as a player is get ready to do what I know is scheduled for me to do and that's pitch tomorrow night."
Should he take the mound, Peavy will try to win a third consecutive start. He survived giving up three home runs that led to all four of the runs he allowed over seven innings of a 7-4 victory against Detroit on Thursday.
Peavy, who's served up 14 homers in 80 innings over his 13 starts, already has won at Cleveland this year. He limited the Indians to a solo homer and four other hits in seven innings of a 3-1 victory April 14, his fourth straight victory over the Indians.
As Peavy waits to learn his fate, the Indians (57-48) pushed their winning streak to five games with Jason Giambi's walkoff pinch-hit homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Cleveland has won a season-best eight straight at home, its longest run there since reeling off 14 in a row April 3-May 1, 2011.
"That's what keeps you coming back," Giambi said. "There's no moment more special than when you get that embrace from your teammates and all those smiles. It's exciting."
Cleveland's starters have posted a 0.79 ERA in the last three victories, and Scott Kazmir (6-4, 3.96) will try to extend that impressive stretch. The left-hander was outstanding Wednesday, limiting Seattle to an unearned run and one hit in a season-high eight innings of a 10-1 victory. "I don't have to throw hard every pitch," said Kazmir, who hasn't allowed an earned run in 14 innings over his last two starts. "I can throw hard when I need it but I'm throwing my secondary pitches more now. I'm more of a complete pitcher."
This will be his first appearance versus Chicago since 2010 with the Los Angeles Angels.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 5:12:20 PM EST|