|TORONTO ( HAPP )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( QUINTANA )
|973||TORONTO||+110||Ov 8,-120||+120||Ov 7.5,+100|
|974||CHI WHITE SOX||-120||Un 8,+100||-130||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-22||-4.1||24-17||4.6||0.268||0.320||5.1||0.260||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||1-5||3.0||0.264||0.322||3.1||0.216||0.278|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-24||-14.3||17-17||4.0||0.253||0.308||4.7||0.246||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.4||5-2||5.3||0.266||0.319||5.3||0.288||0.346|
|9/10/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-12||L||-130||9 un||O||9||4||2||18||8||0|
|9/11/2013||DICKEY(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||4-5||L||-105||8.5 ov||O||4||4||0||8||5||2|
|9/12/2013||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-4||L||+110||9 un||U||11||9||1||8||8||0|
|9/17/2013||DICKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-0||W||+105||8 un||U||9||8||1||5||7||0|
|9/18/2013||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-4||L||+100||8.5 un||U||8||5||0||9||7||0|
|9/19/2013||REDMOND(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||6-2||W||+110||8 un||P||10||8||0||5||4||0|
|9/20/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||3-6||L||187||8.5 ev||O||10||9||0||12||8||2|
|9/21/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||4-2||W||135||8 un||U||9||7||1||5||4||1|
|9/22/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||2-5||L||140||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||6||1||0|
|9/23/2013||HAPP(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|9/26/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||DICKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||HAPP(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||REDMOND(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|9/20/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||5-12||L||255||8 un||O||9||6||2||18||11||0|
|9/21/2013||SALE(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||6-7||L||125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||11||11||2|
|9/22/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||6-3||W||220||7.5 un||O||11||10||0||11||7||1|
|9/24/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||DANKS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)|| |
|9/26/2013||RIENZO(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||SALE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||JOHNSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||QUINTANA(L)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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 (TORONTO-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-White Sox Preview* =============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Toronto (71-83) at Chicago (60-94), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Blue Jays are guaranteed to finish at the bottom of the AL East for the first time since John Gibbons began his initial managerial stint with the team nine years ago.
The Chicago White Sox have a slim chance to avoid finishing last for the first time in 29 seasons, and they'll send Jose Quintana to the mound against the visiting Blue Jays on Monday night in the makeup of a rainout.
Toronto (71-84) has dropped eight of 12 and is nearing the end of a disappointing season after acquiring Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey and Melky Cabrera in the offseason.
Though injuries have played a major role in the lack of success, the Blue Jays will finish last for the first time since 2004, when Gibbons took over for the fired Carlos Tosca on Aug. 8 of that year.
He'll have the dubious distinction of overseeing another last-place club in the first year of his second stint with Toronto.
Chicago (61-94) has also struggled badly and is in danger of finishing last for the first time since ending the 1989 season at the bottom of the AL West. It had lost 18 of 22 before beating Central-leading Detroit 6-3 on Sunday.
Conor Gillaspie, Avisail Garcia and Jeff Keppinger each drove in two runs, with Garcia and Keppinger finishing with three hits apiece.
Quintana (8-6, 3.49 ERA) will take the ball Monday as the White Sox and Blue Jays make up a game originally scheduled for June 12.
The left-hander ended a five-start winless streak by giving up one run in six innings of a 4-3 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday. He went 0-2 despite a 3.03 ERA during that stretch, receiving five runs of support over 29 2-3 innings.
"He's been very mature about it, not pointing any fingers," manager Robin Ventura said. "He wants us to win first and hopefully he gets the win, but he really hasn't shown a lot of emotions other than if we lose or not. He's getting better all the time."
The offense has done its best to help Quintana in both of his starts against the Blue Jays this season. He gave up five hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 7-0 win April 17 before allowing four runs - two earned - in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-5, 10-inning defeat June 11.
J.A. Happ opposed Quintana in the first outing and allowed five runs in 5 2-3 innings, and he'll make his second career start against the White Sox on Monday.
Happ (4-6, 4.82) is coming off one of his best starts of the season, allowing one run and striking out a season-high seven in seven-plus innings before the New York Yankees rallied to beat Toronto 4-3 on Wednesday.
It marked the first time the left-hander pitched that deep into a game since going seven innings against Oakland on Aug. 12.
"I thought he was tremendous," Gibbons said. "He was a different guy. "We (threw) it away, but he's got to feel good about that outing."
The White Sox have won six of the last nine meetings.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:18:32 AM EST|