|CHI WHITE SOX ( QUINTANA )|
NY YANKEES ( HUGHES )
|915||CHI WHITE SOX||+155||Ov 9,-115||+135||Ov 9,+105|
|916||NY YANKEES||-165||Un 9,-105||-145||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-58||-9.9||38-56||3.7||0.251||0.301||4.2||0.253||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-4||4.9||0.272||0.341||4.9||0.286||0.363|
|vs Left-handed Starters||25-19||+8.4||16-26||3.7||0.246||0.316||3.9||0.262||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-4||3.9||0.260||0.326||3.9||0.253||0.314|
|8/20/2013||DANKS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-0||W||180||7.5 ev||U||5||6||0||8||6||0|
|8/21/2013||RIENZO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-2||W||160||8 ov||U||13||10||2||6||8||0|
|8/22/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||4-3||W||155||7.5 un||U||10||6||0||6||4||1|
|8/30/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||3-4||L||160||9 ov||U||6||5||0||6||10||0|
|8/31/2013||DANKS(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||2-7||L||195||9 un||P||5||5||1||15||11||0|
|9/1/2013||RIENZO(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-7||L||215||9.5 ev||O||11||7||1||8||8||0|
|9/2/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||SALE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/5/2013||DANKS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||RIENZO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||SALE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|8/23/2013||KURODA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-7||L||100||7 un||O||5||4||0||9||1||0|
|8/24/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||2-4||L||165||7 un||U||6||4||1||7||5||0|
|8/25/2013||NOVA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-2||W||145||7 un||U||10||6||0||6||5||1|
|8/26/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||2-5||L||-105||8.5 ev||U||7||7||1||7||6||1|
|8/27/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||7-1||W||-115||9 ev||U||12||9||0||10||5||1|
|8/28/2013||KURODA(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)||2-7||L||-140||8.5 un||O||5||6||1||10||6||0|
|9/2/2013||HUGHES(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/3/2013||KURODA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|9/4/2013||SABATHIA(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|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.
|NY YANKEES: HITTING: Despite his decline from mediocrity into downright counter-productivity, SS DEREK JETER gets to hit atop the best lineup in baseball. Off an MVP-caliber season, OF CURTIS GRANDERSON is a true star. His average is mediocre, but his power is elite and the Yankees are letting him run when on base. After two years with a sub-.260 average, 1B MARK TEIXEIRA's talent seems to be fading. He still puts up huge power numbers playing in a bandbox. Coming off knee and thumb injuries, 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ is a serious injury risk hitting in the middle of this lineup. 2B ROBINSON CANO will once again see as many RBI chances as anyone. He's been great in those situations the past two seasons. OFs NICK SWISHER and BRETT GARDNER offer power and SBs, respectively, though the Yankees may look to upgrade if they continue to post lackluster numbers. C RUSSELL MARTIN will get plenty of playing time now that Jesus Montero is in Seattle. Veteran slugger RAUL IBANEZ is the new DH in town, and will love hitting towards the short porch in right at Yankee Stadium. |
STARTING PITCHING: CC SABATHIA struggled late last year and has logged a ridiculous number of innings over the past five years. He's a top-10 starter in the majors, but is starting to pass his prime. Newcomers HIROKI KURODA and MICHAEL PINEDA will both stabilize what was a shaky rotation last year. Kuroda, 37, posted a 3.07 ERA with the Dodgers and the 23-year-old Pineda has unlimited upside, fanning 173 batters in 171 innings with Seattle last season. IVAN NOVA benefitted from nearly nine runs of support per game. He keeps the ball down often enough to thrive in the Bronx, just without many strikeouts. PHIL HUGHES' stuff has regressed greatly since his days as a top prospect. He's trying to overcome conditioning problems this offseason. MANNY BANUELOS and DELLIN BETANCES are great prospects who may get a chance to start MLB games later this season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Trust MARIANO RIVERA to stay dominant until proven wrong. He was better in 2011 than he was in 2010 despite some velocity slippage. DAVID ROBERTSON has a firm hold on eighth-inning duties after an All-Star season. He's second in line for saves. RAFAEL SORIANO wasn't a total bust, as he did just fine after a rough April. He's settled into the seventh-inning role since Robertson is more trusted that he is. After Tommy John surgery, JOBA CHAMBERLAIN is aiming to be back this June. Middle reliever CORY WADE was reliable last year, and has a chance to rack up some vulture wins if he keeps going strong.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Yankees Preview* ===========================
Chicago (56-78) at New York (72-63), 1:05 p.m. EDT
The New York Yankees can't afford to turn in a series against the Chicago White Sox like they did last month if they want to remain in contention for the playoffs.
Phil Hughes surprisingly may give them a chance to get off to a good start in this one even though he is winless in nine outings.
Hughes owns a lower ERA against the White Sox than versus any other AL foe as the Yankees open a three-game home set Monday.
New York (72-64) was swept at Chicago from Aug. 5-7 even though the lowly White Sox entered that series on a 10-game slide. Alex Rodriguez notably made his season debut in that set.
Hughes (4-13, 4.91 ERA) is 0-6 with a 5.84 ERA in his last nine starts, and failed to last five innings for the fourth time in six outings when he gave up five runs over 4 2-3 in last Monday's 5-2 loss at Toronto. That start came after there were positive signs in consecutive six-inning stints.
"I left a lot of sliders over the middle of the plate," Hughes said. "It didn't really seem like it had the bite that it did in the last couple (of starts)."
The right-hander was originally scheduled to start Sunday against Baltimore, but was pushed back by manager Joe Girardi.
That may pay dividends since Hughes owns a 1.38 ERA against the White Sox (56-79), and is 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA in six starts versus them.
He has fared well against Chicago regulars such as Gordon Beckham (1 for 13), Alexei Ramirez (1 for 11), Adam Dunn (1 for 9) and Paul Konerko (3 for 14).
The Yankees trail Tampa Bay by 3 1/2 games for the AL's second wild card after blowing a three-run lead in Sunday's 7-3 defeat. New York captured the first two games of the weekend set to move ahead of the Orioles, who promptly moved one-half game back in front of the Yankees.
"You talk about winning series, but when you win the first two and you're up 3-0, you get greedy," Girardi told the Yankees' official website. "And that's the hard part."
Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with a walk after sitting out one game with flu-like symptoms. Robinson Cano was 0 for 5 after going 4 for 7 with four RBIs in the first two games of the series.
The Yankees scored three times in four innings off Wei-Yin Chen - the first of four straight left-handers they will face.
Next up is Chicago's Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66), who gave up one run over 6 2-3 innings to earn an 8-1 win over New York on Aug. 5. He has won both career starts against the Yankees.
Quintana is 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA in five 2013 starts against AL East opponents, and is 3-0 with a 3.68 ERA in 13 road outings this year. The White Sox have won his last three starts overall.
Chicago starters posted a 10.80 ERA as the club was swept over the weekend at Boston. The White Sox entered that series as winners of 10 of 12.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 2:34:06 AM EST|