|CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )|
BALTIMORE ( FELDMAN )
|917||CHI WHITE SOX||+150||Ov 8.5,-110||+160||Ov 8,-105|
|918||BALTIMORE||-160||Un 8.5,-110||-170||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-61||-12.9||40-57||3.7||0.249||0.299||4.3||0.254||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-7||4-2||3.1||0.211||0.265||6.0||0.281||0.359|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-24||-6.2||20-22||4.2||0.255||0.301||4.6||0.268||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||4-3||4.1||0.240||0.289||3.7||0.247||0.314|
|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)||1-9||L||130||8.5 un||O||7||5||3||11||7||0|
|9/3/2013||SALE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-6||L||130||7 ov||O||7||5||2||9||6||1|
|9/4/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-6||L||165||8.5 ov||O||8||8||1||8||5||1|
|9/5/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||1-3||L||150||8.5 ev||U||5||4||0||7||3||0|
|9/6/2013||DANKS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|9/8/2013||RIENZO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|8/27/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||2-13||L||110||9 un||O||4||4||0||14||5||0|
|8/28/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||3-4||L||170||9.5 un||U||7||4||0||9||9||0|
|8/29/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||3-2||W||135||8.5 un||U||7||10||0||8||5||0|
|8/30/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-8||L||115||8.5 un||O||9||5||0||13||5||0|
|8/31/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||0-2||L||120||9 un||U||3||4||1||7||7||0|
|9/1/2013||CHEN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||7-3||W||105||8.5 ov||O||12||5||0||7||10||0|
|9/2/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||7-2||W||110||8 un||O||11||8||0||6||4||0|
|9/3/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-4||L||-120||8 un||U||8||9||0||5||6||1|
|9/4/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||4-6||L||105||8.5 ov||O||6||4||0||10||5||1|
|9/5/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-1||W||-160||8.5 ev||U||7||3||0||5||4||0|
|9/6/2013||FELDMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||CHEN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|9/8/2013||NORRIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|9/9/2013||BRITTON(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/10/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||FELDMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|9/12/2013||CHEN(L)||NY YANKEES||HUFF(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Orioles Preview* ===========================
Chicago (56-83) at Baltimore (74-65), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis is slumping during an eight-game home run drought and may be facing the wrong pitcher to break out against.
The majors' home run leader is hitless against 11-game loser John Danks, who will try to help the visiting Chicago White Sox end a seven-game slide Friday night.
Baltimore (74-65) totaled seven runs and struck out 19 times in consecutive losses in Cleveland before three players went deep in Thursday's 3-1 victory in the opener of this four-game set. Adam Jones, Brian Roberts and J.J. Hardy all homered as the Orioles began a stretch of eight straight at home.
"It's definitely a good way to start the homestand," Hardy said. "Our backs are kind of against the wall and we need to win. We need to get on a streak, and this is a good start."
It would help if Davis could add to his 47 homers, but he's 4 for 29 since he last went deep Aug. 28.
Danks (4-11, 4.35 ERA) is enduring a miserable season with his highest ERA since finishing at 5.50 as a rookie in 2007. He entered the year after recovering from elbow surgery.
The left-hander, however, has held Davis hitless in 11 at-bats while limiting Jones to a single in 27.
Nick Markakis, benched Thursday due to a 6-for-36 slump, could be back in the lineup since he is 11 for 33 against Danks.
Danks earned one of his few 2013 wins by limiting the Orioles to two runs over seven innings in a 5-2 victory July 2. He improved to 5-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 11 starts versus Baltimore.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter is preaching the old mantra of one game at a time as his team tries to catch Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card, with the Yankees and Cleveland also in contention.
"They're all significant from here on out just because of the opportunities that are not there," Showalter said. "If we take care of business, it will be an interesting last week of the season. You'll usually like the outcome if you just try to stay in the moment. It's difficult to do. It takes a lot of discipline."
Chicago (56-83) has dropped all seven games on this trip to fall to an AL-worst 24-49 on the road. The White Sox have totaled 22 runs while batting .211 in this slide, and their 524 runs are the league's lowest total.
"We've played that type of game a lot this year and just couldn't score enough runs to win," said Paul Konerko, who went 0 for 4. "We try not to think about how other games have gone, but the end result is you can lump this in with the rest of them."
Baltimore will start Scott Feldman (4-4, 4.18), who is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two outings against the White Sox this year - one with the Orioles. Konerko, Dayan Viciedo, Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez all went 1 for 6 against him in those games.
The right-hander owns a 5.82 ERA at Camden Yards compared to a 2.05 road mark for the Orioles.
The season series is tied at two wins apiece, with each team scoring 11 runs.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 9:04:49 AM EST|