|KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( RIENZO )
|917||KANSAS CITY||-130||Ov 8.5,-110||-125||Ov 8,-105|
|918||CHI WHITE SOX||+120||Un 8.5,-110||+115||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-51||+8.4||44-59||4.1||0.264||0.318||3.8||0.257||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||2-5||2.9||0.215||0.274||3.0||0.203||0.277|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-72||-16.9||50-63||3.6||0.250||0.300||4.4||0.258||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.2||5-2||4.1||0.245||0.292||5.7||0.285||0.338|
|9/13/2013||CHEN(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||3-6||L||155||7.5 un||O||10||8||1||7||3||0|
|9/14/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||1-0||W||115||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||7||7||0|
|9/15/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||2-3||L||175||8 un||U||6||4||0||13||10||0|
|9/23/2013||VENTURA(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||6-5||W||-135||7.5 ov||O||11||8||2||6||10||2|
|9/24/2013||CHEN(L)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||0-4||L||-125||7 un||U||5||4||2||9||8||0|
|9/25/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||0-6||L||105||6.5 un||U||5||4||2||8||6||0|
|9/26/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|9/28/2013||VENTURA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||CHEN(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(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)||4-5||L||185||7.5 un||O||9||9||1||9||6||0|
|9/25/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-7||L||245||7 ev||O||8||7||2||9||6||0|
|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)|| |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|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 (KANSAS CITY-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-White Sox Preview* ==========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Kansas City (83-74) at Chicago (62-95), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Kansas City Royals have little left to play for after falling short of the playoffs for a 28th straight year, but they'll surely want to avoid being shut out a third straight time for the first time in nine seasons.
The Chicago White Sox are already assured of their first last-place finish in 24 years.
Kansas City visits Chicago on Thursday night for the opener of a four-game series to end the season.
The Royals' 6-0 loss Wednesday, combined with victories from all three teams ahead of them in the AL wild-card standings, officially eliminated them from playoff contention. They were a night removed from a 4-0 loss, marking the first time they've been blanked in back-to-back games since May 22-23, 2009, at St. Louis.
Kansas City (83-75), which last made the playoffs in 1985, hasn't been shut out in three straight since July 5-7, 2004, at Minnesota.
"Back-to-back shutouts, you're not going to win any games scoring zero runs," said Alex Gordon, who was 2 for 4. "It's kind of a tough way to go out."
Chicago (62-96), which has lost 20 of 26, is headed for a last-place divisional finish for the first time since 1989. The White Sox, who are trying to avoid falling 35 games under .500 for the first time since ending the 1970 season 56-106, must win once in this series to avoid finishing with 100 losses, which would be the fourth-most in franchise history.
The Royals, though, are the only divisional foe Chicago owns a winning record against this year at 8-7.
The White Sox were without Paul Konerko in a 7-2 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday after he fouled a pitch off his right knee a day earlier. Konerko said he expects to the Royals.
"Every year there's players who have good years and players who have bad years," Konerko said. "There's no rhyme or reason to some of it. There are always little moments that shape a season. It just seemed like everything that could go wrong went wrong, between the lines, outside the lines."
Chicago was also without Gordon Beckham due to a leg injury. Beckham had recorded four doubles while hitting safely in each of his last seven games.
The White Sox have knocked around scheduled starter Jeremy Guthrie (14-12, 4.09 ERA) the last two times they've faced him, tagging him for 11 runs over 8 1-3 innings. He had been 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in the previous six matchups, including one shutout.
Guthrie has dropped back-to-back starts while surrendering 20 hits and six runs over 14 innings.
Adam Dunn, given the day off Wednesday, will try to turn things around as he's 7 for 71 (.099) over his last 22 games with 36 strikeouts. He's 4 for 26 off Guthrie with 12 strikeouts.
Chicago will give the ball to rookie right-hander Andre Rienzo (2-2, 5.04), who has surrendered five earned runs in three of his last four outings, including an 8-1 loss to Cleveland on Sept. 14, when he gave up seven hits and four walks over four-plus innings.
Rienzo recorded a 3.56 ERA through his first five starts - the last of which was a 5-2 victory at Kansas City on Aug. 21, when he surrendered two runs and five hits in six innings.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:40:22 AM EST|