|CHI WHITE SOX ( JOHNSON )|
COLORADO ( NICASIO )
|977||CHI WHITE SOX||+150||Ov 10,-115||+155||Ov 10,-120|
|978||COLORADO||-160||Un 10,-105||-165||Un 10,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-3||-0.3||4-2||5.3||0.269||0.326||5.8||0.279||0.355|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||4-3||6.4||0.282||0.340||5.6||0.276||0.362|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-3||+0.7||5-1||6.3||0.319||0.374||4.9||0.251||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||5-2||6.6||0.328||0.391||5.7||0.283||0.341|
|4/4/2014||JOHNSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-7||L||140||8.5 un||O||9||9||0||13||12||2|
|4/5/2014||DANKS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||135||8 un||U||8||9||1||7||6||1|
|4/6/2014||SALE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||5-1||W||105||7 un||U||8||6||2||7||5||1|
|4/7/2014||PAULINO(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)||1-8||L||135||10 un||U||5||5||1||13||10||0|
|4/8/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)||15-3||W||140||9.5 un||O||19||8||0||7||5||1|
|4/9/2014||JOHNSON(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|3/31/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||1-10||L||130||6.5 un||O||6||5||0||14||7||0|
|4/1/2014||ANDERSON(L)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||3-4||L||-125||7 ov||P||9||7||1||5||1||0|
|4/2/2014||LYLES(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||6-5||W||110||7.5 un||O||12||9||0||8||8||3|
|4/3/2014||MORALES(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||5-8||L||-115||7.5 un||O||10||7||1||13||9||1|
|4/5/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||9-4||W||-120||9.5 un||O||12||3||2||6||7||0|
|4/7/2014||LYLES(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PAULINO(R)||8-1||W||-145||10 un||U||13||10||0||5||5||1|
|4/8/2014||MORALES(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-15||L||-150||9.5 un||O||7||5||1||19||8||0|
|4/9/2014||NICASIO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|4/11/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|4/12/2014||ANDERSON(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/13/2014||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|4/14/2014||MORALES(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|4/15/2014||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|CHI WHITE SOX: CHICAGO (AP) - From rock bottom last season to contention this year? The Chicago White Sox see no reason why it can't happen.|
They're ready to put last season's 99-loss wreck behind them and make a jump at least back to respectability, if not a run at the AL Central title.
They see a team with solid pitching, a new slugger in Jose Abreu and renewed vigor. Now, all they have to do is back it up.
''You have to pitch, you have to hit, you have to score,'' said manager Robin Ventura, entering his third season. ''You have to play defense. You have to do all of them in our division. Detroit has won it the last few years. They have a combination of everything. Unless you do that, you're not going to be close. We proved that last year.''
They had the pitching part down last season. The rest? Well, that's where things got dicey.
|COLORADO: DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau wears Larry Walker's old number and is stepping in for Todd Helton.|
Just so it's clear, though: He doesn't expect to be the next Walker and certainly isn't trying to make Colorado Rockies fans forget all about Helton, the everyday first baseman in the Mile High City since 1997.
Morneau can only be himself, a slick fielder who's a four-time All-Star and former AL MVP.
That's not too bad, either.
Still, the Rockies wouldn't mind if Morneau channeled a little bit of those two Colorado icons to help them get back to the postseason. But that's a lot of cleats to fill, especially when it comes to Helton, the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category.
Morneau's goals are more modest: Slide seamlessly into to this potent lineup, one that includes good friend and reigning NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The 32-year-old Morneau knows the comparisons to Helton are inevitable. No. 17 spent 17 seasons in purple pinstripes, endearing himself to the community. The team will honor Helton on Aug. 17 when they retire his number (although Helton's first send-off will be hard to top, when the club gave him a horse in his last home game).
''From the outside looking in, it looks like I'm coming in to replace him,'' said Morneau, who wears No. 33 because of Walker, his boyhood idol. ''But that's not my thought process. My thought process is to just come in and be me and do what I can do.''
Cuddyer thinks Morneau will fit in just fine.
''If you think about the guy you're replacing, you're already not doing yourself a good service,'' said Cuddyer, who was teammates with Morneau in Minnesota. ''He respects (Helton), but he also understands he has to go out there and be himself.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Rockies Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Chicago (3-4) at Colorado (4-4), 3:10 p.m. EDT
Though it's uncertain if the Chicago White Sox have the makings of a serious postseason contender, they at least appear poised to improve on their poor offensive showing from last season.
They'll look to build on their highest-scoring road game in over three years in Wednesday's finale against the Colorado Rockies.
Chicago (4-4) ranked near the bottom of the majors averaging 3.7 runs and batting .249 while losing 99 games in 2013. Though the White Sox remain a work in progress, they're batting .290 while scoring 50 runs eight games into this season.
The bulk of those runs came Tuesday when Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia each hit two of Chicago's six homers during a 15-3 rout that evened the series with Colorado (4-5). Abreu drove in five runs and Garcia and Marcus Semien each had four hits as the White Sox pounded out 19 in their highest-scoring road contest since opening the 2011 season with a 15-10 victory at Cleveland.
Abreu, the Cuban slugger who signed a $68 million, six-year contract in October, entered the contest 6 for 27 with no homers in his first seven major-league games.
"That's everything as advertised for him," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Doesn't necessarily surprise us. I know he's happy, to kind of get (that first home run) out of the way."
Abreu didn't seem too concerned with his rough first week.
"Like I always say, we should never press for things," he said. "I always give myself some time. You have time to do things."
Garcia was 4 for 24 (.167) with no home runs, one RBI and six strikeouts in his first six this season before breaking out Tuesday.
After Jose Quintana gave the White Sox seven solid innings, Erik Johnson (0-1, 13.50) takes the ball looking to bounce back after he allowed seven runs, 10 hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-5 loss at Kansas City on Friday.
"The biggest thing is that I've got to compete better for my team," said Johnson, who is 3-3 with a 4.73 ERA as a starter since making his major-league debut in September.
This will be the right-hander's first interleague appearance.
Colorado, meanwhile, hopes for another strong outing from Juan Nicasio (1-0, 1.29 ERA), who allowed a solo homer, three other hits and one walk while striking out six in seven innings of a 12-2 home win over Arizona on Friday. It was a big boost for Nicasio, who posted a 20.25 ERA while losing his final three home starts of 2013.
"I feel comfortable," he told the Rockies' official website. "This is my house. I feel good pitching here in Denver."
The right-hander is 2-3 with a 5.93 ERA in eight interleague starts, but has never faced the White Sox.
Colorado's Michael Cuddyer had two hits and homered for the third time this season Tuesday. Last season's NL batting champ with a .331 average, Cuddyer is hitting .432 (16 for 37) with eight RBIs in 2014.
Cuddyer's former Minnesota teammate Justin Morneau also had two hits and is batting .345 (10 for 29) in his first season with Colorado.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 5:12:00 PM EST|