|CLEVELAND ( MCALLISTER )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SALE )
|971||CLEVELAND||+110||Ov 7.5,-110||+105||Ov 7.5,+110|
|972||CHI WHITE SOX||-120||Un 7.5,-110||-115||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||28-20||+10.2||26-21||5.0||0.267||0.333||4.2||0.238||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.6||3-3||5.0||0.256||0.333||3.1||0.276||0.336|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-67||-15.8||43-62||3.5||0.248||0.298||4.3||0.255||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.9||3-4||2.1||0.245||0.302||5.4||0.277||0.359|
|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)||3-1||W||-135||8 ev||U||7||8||1||9||13||0|
|9/14/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||8-1||W||-155||8.5 un||O||11||9||0||9||8||0|
|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)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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||SANTIAGO(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||RIENZO(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-White Sox Preview* ===========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Cleveland (79-68) at Chicago (58-89), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Beating the Chicago White Sox has been easy for the Cleveland Indians and that's not much of a surprise.
Their success against Chris Sale is much harder to explain.
Seeking their 12th straight win over the lowly White Sox, the Indians also hope to pin a loss on Chicago's ace for the fourth time in as many tries this season Sunday.
One reason Cleveland (80-68) is 1 1/2 games behind the wild-card tie between Texas and Tampa Bay is its 14-2 record against the White Sox (58-90).
The Indians made it 11 consecutive wins over the AL Central's worst team with an 8-1 rout Saturday. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Lonnie Chisenhall added a three-run shot as Cleveland extended the franchise's longest win streak in the history of the series dating to 1901.
"I saw the stats flash a couple of nights ago where they are .500 against the league and then like (14-2) against us now," White Sox catcher Josh Phegley said. "We've single-handedly put them in the playoff race basically. I don't know. They've got our number and it's something. It's either a close game or a big game. But we've got one more shot at them and we are going to try to get them."
The Indians have outscored the White Sox 83-38 during the run, batting .321 with 14 homers and 27 doubles.
Sale (11-12, 2.90 ERA) knows all too well how potent Cleveland's offense can be since he's 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in three meetings this season. Wins have been tough to come by for Sale due largely to an offense which ranks last in the AL in runs, but his struggles against the Indians are his alone.
Ryan Raburn and Drew Stubbs are both 4 for 8 against the left-hander in 2013, while Carlos Santana (4 for 7) and Nick Swisher (3 for 5) also have fared well.
Sale, though, was in top from Monday against Detroit, outpitching 19-game winner Max Scherzer in a 5-1 victory to win for the fifth time in six decisions. He allowed one run and four hits in eight innings with one walk and eight strikeouts.
"We ran into a buzzsaw with Sale," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He was absolutely terrific."
Sale became the fastest pitcher in franchise history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season, passing Javier Vazquez in 2007 (207).
Saturday's loss was the fifth in a row and 14th in 16 games for the White Sox, who have averaged 2.5 runs during that span. They need to win at least five of their final 14 contests to avoid the franchise's first 100-loss season since 1970.
Cleveland starters have surrendered three runs over 17 innings in the first three games of this series, a trend Zach McAllister (7-9, 4.11) tries to continue Sunday.
After winning three straight starts behind a 1.83 ERA, the right-hander has an 8.78 ERA in losing his past two. McAllister yielded four runs, six hits and three walks over five innings Tuesday in a 6-3 loss to Kansas City.
He is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts against the White Sox this season.
Jeff Keppinger is 6 for 10 in their matchups and Gordon Beckham is 3 for 8 with three doubles. Beckham, though, is mired in a 1-for-25 slump.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 5:49:09 AM EST|