|CLEVELAND ( SALAZAR )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SANTIAGO )
|965||CLEVELAND||-135||Ov 8,-120||-130||Ov 8,-110|
|966||CHI WHITE SOX||+125||Un 8,+100||+120||Un 8,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||27-20||+9.2||26-20||5.1||0.268||0.333||4.2||0.238||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.6||4-2||5.9||0.274||0.350||3.6||0.270||0.324|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-65||-13.8||42-61||3.6||0.248||0.298||4.3||0.255||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.9||2-5||2.3||0.222||0.272||5.0||0.285||0.344|
|8/30/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||2-7||L||135||9.5 ev||U||7||7||0||9||7||1|
|8/31/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||5-10||L||155||8.5 ev||O||9||5||0||15||9||0|
|9/1/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||4-0||W||150||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||11||10||0|
|9/6/2013||KAZMIR(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||8-1||W||-165||8 ov||O||10||8||1||7||5||1|
|9/7/2013||KLUBER(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||9-4||W||-165||8 ov||O||11||5||0||8||4||1|
|9/8/2013||SALAZAR(R)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||1-2||L||-250||8.5 ev||U||5||8||0||8||10||0|
|9/9/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||4-3||W||+100||7.5 ev||U||5||0||1||10||7||1|
|9/10/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-6||L||-115||9 un||P||12||6||1||11||9||0|
|9/11/2013||KAZMIR(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-6||L||+105||7.5 ov||O||4||5||2||11||6||2|
|9/12/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||14-3||W||-125||8.5 un||O||16||11||1||9||9||3|
|9/13/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|9/14/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|9/16/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|9/18/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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)||0-4||L||175||8 un||U||5||4||1||9||4||0|
|9/7/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||160||8.5 un||U||7||5||3||13||12||1|
|9/8/2013||RIENZO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||4-2||W||187||9 un||U||10||7||1||6||8||0|
|9/20/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
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*Indians-White Sox Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Cleveland (78-68) at Chicago (58-88), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Facing the Chicago White Sox seems to bring out the best in the Cleveland Indians.
Looking to continue its playoff push, Cleveland goes for a 10th consecutive win over the last-place White Sox on Friday.
The Indians (78-68) had been limited to 10 runs during a 1-3 funk before breaking out with a 14-3 rout in Thursday's opener. Ryan Raburn and Nick Swisher both went deep and drove in a combined eight runs for Cleveland, which remains 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild-card spot.
The Indians also moved within six games of AL Central-leading Detroit, which was idle.
"We're trying to get into that playoff regardless of however we do it, whether it's wild card or division," said Swisher, batting .320 with three homers and nine RBIs in his last six games. "We're going to keep fighting until the last out."
Cleveland has dominated the White Sox (58-88) this season, taking 12 of 14 matchups, including nine straight by a 72-36 margin. That winning streak is the Indians' longest in the history of the series dating to 1901.
Chicago has also dropped 12 of 14 overall, a stretch during which it has hit .216 and been outscored 77-38. Adam Dunn is mired in a 4-for-47 slump (.085), and leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza is 4 for his last 31 (.129). Catcher Josh Phegley has also struggled, going 7 for 39 (.179) in his last 13 games
The White Sox now face Indians rookie Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.92 ERA), who has struck out 45 over seven starts spanning 37 innings while holding opponents to a .209 average. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed one run and struck out eight Sunday against the New York Mets, but was removed after throwing 80 pitches. Cleveland went on to lose 2-1.
"The good thing was that he was strong, but maybe he was too strong," manager Terry Francona said. "He had a real hard time keeping the ball down. Because of that his pitch count was high."
The Indians may continue to play it safe with Salazar, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010 and has already pitched a career-high 130 innings between the minors and majors. Friday marks his first appearance versus the White Sox, who counter with Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.44).
The left-hander has allowed one or two earned runs in nine of his last 12 starts, but is 1-3 over that stretch thanks in part to receiving an average of just 2.54 runs of support.
Santiago gave up two runs in five innings Saturday in a 4-3, 10-inning loss at Baltimore.
Santiago has managed to escape without a decision despite compiling a 12.71 ERA in two home starts versus Cleveland. He surrendered five runs in 2 1-3 innings - the shortest start of his career - in a 19-10 loss June 28.
Santiago will need to be careful against Raburn, who is batting .400 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 10 games versus Chicago this year. He is hitting .333 against southpaws, significantly higher than his .252 mark against righties.
"We said coming into the series that Raburn would play a big part because we're going to face three lefties," Francona said. "He not only gets his, but he gives us a lot of production for a guy that plays maybe half the year."
Jason Kipnis is batting .423 with a homer, 11 RBIs and eight walks during an eight-game stretch against the White Sox.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 10:32:38 AM EST|