|CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )|
DETROIT ( SCHERZER )
|915||CHI WHITE SOX||+210||Ov 8,-125||+230||Ov 7.5,+105|
|916||DETROIT||-230||Un 8,+105||-255||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-49||-17||35-39||3.7||0.249||0.298||4.5||0.256||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-7.7||3-4||2.1||0.211||0.251||4.1||0.250||0.306|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-13||-5.9||17-10||5.3||0.275||0.349||4.4||0.262||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||4-3||6.6||0.291||0.362||2.1||0.205||0.256|
|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||RIENZO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||4-7||L||175||8 un||O||11||6||1||10||6||0|
|7/31/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||5-6||L||145||7.5 un||O||10||6||1||10||8||0|
|8/1/2013||SALE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||1-6||L||120||6.5 ov||O||5||6||1||14||8||0|
|8/2/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||1-2||L||187||8 un||U||7||3||0||6||5||1|
|8/3/2013||DANKS(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||RIENZO(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|8/5/2013||QUINTANA(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|8/6/2013||SALE(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|8/9/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/9/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/10/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|7/20/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-6||L||-180||8.5 ov||O||13||11||2||9||7||0|
|7/21/2013||FISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||4-1||W||-110||8 ev||U||11||5||1||7||7||0|
|7/22/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||7-3||W||-120||7.5 ev||O||10||8||0||5||1||3|
|7/23/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||6-2||W||-110||8.5 ev||U||8||6||0||5||6||4|
|7/24/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||6-2||W||-135||8 un||P||11||6||1||11||10||1|
|7/25/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||4-7||L||-140||7.5 ov||O||5||4||1||12||5||1|
|8/2/2013||FISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||2-1||W||-205||8 un||U||6||5||1||7||3||0|
|8/3/2013||SCHERZER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|8/4/2013||PORCELLO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|8/5/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|8/6/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||FISTER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|8/8/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|8/9/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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.
|DETROIT: HITTING: OF AUSTIN JACKSON doesn't make much contact, but manager Jim Leyland likes his speed in the leadoff spot. RYAN RABURN and RAMON SANTIAGO will split second base duties, with Raburn getting the majority of the starts. 3B MIGUEL CABRERA seems to have cleaned up his act. He's an MVP candidate. So is newcomer 1B PRINCE FIELDER who will try to keep slugging in his move to a pitchers' park. His presence was needed after DH VICTOR MARTINEZ was lost for the season with a knee injury. OF DELMON YOUNG is a pending free agent, and he hit well after escaping spacious Target Field. He'll nab the starting LF job but could also DH. OF BRENNAN BOESCH did enough pre-injury to earn an everyday role, but he'll again be in danger of fading over the summer. SS JHONNY PERALTA had a resurgence in 2011, and he's on the right side of 30. C ALEX AVILA might not hit for average, but his power is legit. Leyland favorite BRANDON INGE and DON KELLY will back up the All-Star corner infielders, so neither expect to get much playing time. Streaky OF ANDY DIRKS is a fourth outfielder. C GERALD LAIRD will spell Avila. |
STARTING PITCHING: You can't expect an identical stat line for JUSTIN VERLANDER; his opponent .236 batting average on balls in play suggests there was some luck involved in his MVP season. But he's still the best pitcher in the American League by a wide margin. DOUG FISTER's improved strikeout rate with the Tigers suggests he could sustain success as a quality No. 2 starter. MAX SCHERZER can still be outstanding when he's on, but he was inconsistent again last year. He could figure it out in his late-20s, but time is running out. RICK PORCELLO still has a ways to go. His mid-season success came against some weak lineups. He's still only 23, but he hasn't been able to beat hitters at any level in the pros. The Tigers are still searching for a No. 5 starter. Top prospect JACOB TURNER is only 20, but the Tigers haven't been shy about fast-tracking young arms. He was dominant in the minors, but torched in his first big-league stint. ANDY OLIVER appears to be the front-runner for this role, but DREW SMYLY is also a possibility.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOSE VALVERDE was perfect in 2011, but it was a surprising development considering his sliding K/BB ratio. For Tigers fans, he carries more risk than 49-for-49 would suggest. One of baseball's better set-up men, JOAQUIN BENOIT is an eighth-inning-only guy. He'd take over if Valverde got hurt. OCTAVIO DOTEL is another elite set-up man who will step up as the seventh-inning guy. As good as AL ALBURQUERQUE was in the regular season (one extra-base hit'a double'allowed in 43.1 innings!), he's out until at least the All-Star break after offseason elbow surgery. Lefty DANIEL SCHLERETH has a chance to be the closer of the future, but first he'll need to cut down on the walks.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Tigers Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Chicago (40-66) at Detroit (61-45), 7:08 p.m. EDT
Max Scherzer has been as dominant immediately following the All-Star break as he was before it.
He's pitched extremely well of late against the lowly Chicago White Sox.
Hoping to match his career high with a 16th win, the right-hander tries to help the Detroit Tigers extend their season-high winning streak to seven and send the visiting White Sox on their first nine-game slide in almost 22 years Saturday night.
Scherzer (15-1, 3.01 ERA) suffered his first loss when he allowed four runs in six innings to Texas in his last outing before starting for the AL in the All-Star game. He's yielded two runs and five hits over 14 innings to win his first two starts after the break.
Pitching on his 29th birthday last Saturday, Scherzer became the fourth pitcher since 1979 to go 15-1 after he allowed one hit and struck out seven in six innings of a 10-0 victory at Philadelphia. Roger Clemens was the most recent to start 16-1 for the New York Yankees in 2001.
Scherzer also has received a major league-best 7.64 average runs of support.
"That's why I love being in Detroit," he said. "If you go out and pitch well, you have a good chance to win the ballgame."
His teammates totaled 20 runs while he's yielded three, 12 hits and fanned 21 in 22 innings to win three straight starts against the White Sox (40-67). Scherzer allowed two solo homers and two other hits over eight innings of a 7-3 victory at Chicago on July 22.
The Tigers (62-45) improved to 6-0 on an eight-game homestand with Friday's 2-1 win in the series opener. They've won seven straight at home and 10 of 11 overall.
Austin Jackson homered and Jose Iglesias had an RBI in his first game since being acquired from Boston in a three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy from Chicago to the Red Sox. Iglesias started at third base in place of Miguel Cabrera, who could miss a third straight contest with an abdomen strain.
Iglesias, who hit .330 in 63 games for Boston this season, could soon start at shortstop with Jhonny Peralta facing a possible suspension amid the fallout from baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
"I just want to help this team win, no matter what position," Iglesias said.
Prince Fielder, who scored on Iglesias' fourth-inning single, is 5 for 7 with a homer against scheduled Chicago starter John Danks (2-8, 4.57).
Jackson is batting .414 (12 for 29) with three homers against the left-hander, who is 0-3 with an 11.90 ERA in his last four starts versus Detroit. He allowed six runs, including five on homers to Fielder, Jackson and Torii Hunter, over seven innings of a 6-2 loss July 24.
He's posted a 7.06 ERA in losing his last four starts at Comerica Park.
Danks is 0-3 with a 4.86 ERA in his previous five starts overall, but he allowed one earned run and two hits in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 3-2 loss at Cleveland on Monday.
"I wasn't as good as I needed to be," said Danks, who walked a season-high four. "My command was lacking."
The White Sox, who have lost 11 of 12, last dropped nine in a row Aug. 19-28, 1991.
Alex Rios had two hits with an RBI on Friday, but he's 3 for 27 with eight strikeouts against Scherzer.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 7:12:47 AM EST|