|KANSAS CITY ( CHEN )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( QUINTANA )
|971||KANSAS CITY||-110||Ov 8,-105||-105||Ov 7.5,+100|
|972||CHI WHITE SOX||+100||Un 8,-115||-105||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||24-24||-3||16-31||3.7||0.251||0.299||3.6||0.234||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||3-4||3.4||0.223||0.268||3.4||0.206||0.283|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-24||-13.3||17-18||4.0||0.252||0.309||4.6||0.245||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.4||5-2||3.4||0.232||0.283||4.4||0.266||0.307|
|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)||3-2||W||-115||8 un||U||7||6||0||6||5||1|
|9/27/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||6-1||W||-110||6.5 un||O||14||7||0||4||3||0|
|9/28/2013||VENTURA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)||5-6||L||-130||7.5 ov||O||7||6||2||9||6||0|
|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)||2-3||L||+105||8 un||U||6||5||1||7||6||0|
|9/27/2013||SALE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-6||L||+100||6.5 un||O||4||3||0||14||7||0|
|9/28/2013||JOHNSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||6-5||W||+120||7.5 ov||O||9||6||0||7||6||2|
|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 JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Kansas City (85-76) at Chicago (63-98), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Chicago White Sox emphatically drove thoughts of a 100-loss season out of the ballpark Saturday.
They'll look to close their season with consecutive wins over the visiting Kansas City Royals in what could be Paul Konerko's final game as a member of the Chicago White Sox.
"It's crossed my mind," the first baseman said. "I could play Sunday, get two or three at-bats or play the whole game and then find out a month from now that was it."
Konerko, a free agent after this season, will take some time to mull it over following his 15th year in Chicago. He is second in franchise history with 427 home runs, 21 behind Frank Thomas.
"Whenever the time comes, I hope he looks back at his time here with a great deal of pride because he should," general manager Rick Hahn said. "He was and is and perhaps will continue to be a tremendous White Sox."
The White Sox (63-98) tied a season high with four home runs Saturday in a 6-5 victory over the Royals. They have 12 home runs over their last six games.
"Looking at last year, we hit a lot of home runs," manager Robin Ventura said. "Last year, we had it. This year, we didn't have it as much."
The problem is aside from home runs, they're having a hard time scoring. They've plated just three runs over their last six games by means other than the long ball and are 4 for their last 30 (.133) with runners in scoring position.
It was enough to cost hitting coach Jeff Manto his job. The team announced that he was fired after Saturday's game.
Kansas City's Bruce Chen (8-4, 3.38 ERA) has been susceptible to the home run of late, giving up one in five of his last six starts.
On Tuesday, Chen surrendered Justin Smoak's three-run shot and one other run in five innings of a 4-0 loss to Seattle.
The veteran left-hander yielded two runs over six innings in his only start against the White Sox this year, a 4-2, 12-inning win July 28.
Jose Quintana (9-6, 3.45) will look to win his career-high third straight start Sunday.
He has allowed three runs over 20 1-3 innings during that span.
On Monday, he held Toronto to two runs in 7 1-3 innings of a 3-2 victory.
The Royals (85-76) look to avoid ending their season with consecutive losses. It would mark only the second time this month they've lost two in a row.
Unlike Chicago, Kansas City entered Saturday in a power rut with four home runs in its previous 14 games. The Royals nearly matched that total Saturday with three home runs.
Billy Butler hit his first home run in a month, breaking a streak of 113 at-bats without one.
"This park is usually a good park to hit in if you get the ball in the air," Butler said. "You hit the ball in the air and you hit it good, it's going out."
Kansas City is guaranteed its best season since finishing 92-70 in 1989.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 12:01:32 AM EST|