|MINNESOTA ( MELVILLE )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( RODON )
|Doubleheader Game #1|
|957||MINNESOTA||+130||Ov 9.5,-120||+130||Ov 9.5,-105|
|958||CHI WHITE SOX||-140||Un 9.5,+100||-140||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-17||+0.6||14-17||4.2||0.248||0.322||0.385||0.707||5.2||0.263||0.325||0.437||0.761|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||4-3||5.9||0.298||0.365||0.521||0.886||4.4||0.232||0.294||0.411||0.705|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-52||-4.9||44-37||4.3||0.253||0.304||0.403||0.707||5.2||0.265||0.344||0.449||0.793|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.3||4-3||4.7||0.273||0.333||0.441||0.774||8.0||0.311||0.425||0.483||0.908|
|8/9/2017||COLON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||4-0||W||135||9.5 ov||U||6||9||0||5||6||1|
|8/10/2017||ENNS(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||7-2||W||140||9.5 ev||U||12||7||1||7||6||1|
|8/11/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||9-4||W||-110||10.5 ov||O||16||5||0||9||7||0|
|8/12/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||11-12||L||-120||9.5 ov||O||19||11||0||13||3||1|
|8/13/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||6-4||W||-125||9.5 ov||O||7||7||2||10||12||0|
|8/21/2017||MELVILLE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)|| |
|8/21/2017||GEE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)|| |
|8/22/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|8/25/2017||COLON(R)||@ TORONTO||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||GEE(R)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ TORONTO|| || |
|8/11/2017||LOPEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||6-3||W||+120||9 un||P||9||4||0||7||7||1|
|8/12/2017||SHIELDS(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||4-5||L||+140||10 un||U||9||5||0||10||5||0|
|8/13/2017||HOLLAND(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||6-14||L||+125||10 ov||O||9||8||2||16||11||1|
|8/15/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||1-6||L||300||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||9||9||0|
|8/16/2017||RODON(L)||@ LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||4-5||L||255||7.5 un||O||12||6||0||9||4||0|
|8/17/2017||LOPEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||ROSS(R)||8-9||L||140||11 ov||O||10||8||1||8||7||1|
|8/18/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||4-3||W||190||11.5 un||U||9||8||0||6||6||1|
|8/19/2017||HOLLAND(L)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||7-17||L||187||11 ev||O||12||8||3||20||9||1|
|8/20/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIFFIN(R)||3-2||W||182||11.5 ev||U||9||8||0||6||10||0|
|MINNESOTA: 2016: 59-103, fifth place.
Manager: Paul Molitor (third season).
He's Here: C Jason Castro, RHP Matt Belisle, SS Ehire Adrianza, LHP Craig Breslow.
He's Outta Here: 3B Trevor Plouffe, C Kurt Suzuki, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Pat Light.
Projected lineup: 2B Brian Dozier (.268, 42, 99, 18/20 SBs), RF Max Kepler (.235, 17, 63), CF Byron Buxton (.225, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 118 Ks in 298 ABs), 1B Joe Mauer (.261, 11, 49), 3B Miguel Sano (.236, 25, 66, 178 Ks in 437 ABs), DH Kennys Vargas (.230, 10, 20 in 152 ABs), LF Eddie Rosario (.269, 10, 32), C Jason Castro (.210, 11, 32 with Houston), SS Jorge Polanco (.282, 4, 27 in 245 ABs).
Rotation: RH Ervin Santana (7-11, 3.38 ERA, 149 Ks), RH Phil Hughes (1-7, 5.95, 11 HRs, 11 starts), LH Hector Santiago (3-6, 5.58, 13 HRs, 11 starts after trade with Angels), RH Kyle Gibson (6-11, 5.07, 1.561 WHIP), LH Adalberto Mejia (rookie).
Key relievers: RH Brandon Kintzler (0-2, 3.15, 17/20 saves), RH Matt Belisle (0-0, 1.76 in 40 games for Nationals), RH Ryan Pressly (6-7, 3.70, 1 save in 72 games), LH Taylor Rogers (3-1, 3.96, 64 Ks in 57 games), LH Craig Breslow (0-2, 4.50 in 15 games for Marlins).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. The resuscitation of a team with the worst record in the majors last season must begin with starting pitching that ranked 30th out of 30 in wins (37), ERA (5.39) and strikeouts (655). Hughes, Santiago, Gibson and Berrios will all be counted on to make 2016 the aberration and not the standard. Adding Castro, who has a strong reputation for game calling and pitch framing, probably can't hurt. There's enough depth in the group at least to give the Twins a chance to return to respectability as new baseball chief Derek Falvey continues to try to revamp organizational philosophy and process for the long term. The bullpen appears more vulnerable than the rotation, despite being bolstered by the addition of the veteran Belisle. Three-time All-Star closer Glen Perkins is still working his way back from surgery last year to repair a torn labrum and will likely land on the disabled list to start the season. Kintzler fared well in his place, but doesn't have a track record.
Outlook: The Twins ranked a respectable sixth in the American League in total bases and eighth in OPS despite their abysmal record last year. Buxton's sparkling September, following a second straight frustrating summer, restored his and the club's confidence in the 2012 second overall draft pick. Dozier probably hit his power ceiling in 2016, but if Buxton and Sano can strike out less and get on base more there's the potential in place for a productive offense. Vargas hit his way back into contention for the DH spot with a decent finish to 2016, but the pressure is on him to prove he's worth a spot in the lineup with a strong performance this spring by Park, who struggled badly to adjust to major league pitching in his arrival from South Korea last year.
|CHI WHITE SOX: 2016: 78-84, fourth place.
Manager: Rick Renteria (first season).
He's Here: RHP Lucas Giolito, INF Yoan Moncada, LHP Derek Holland, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, C Geovany Soto, OF Peter Bourjos.
He's Outta Here: Manager Robin Ventura, LHP Chris Sale, OF Adam Eaton, OF Austin Jackson, DH Justin Morneau, C Alex Avila, RHP Matt Albers.
Projected lineup: CF Leury Garcia (.229, 1, 5 in 18 games, 48 ABs; .313, 6, 35, 18 SBs in 84 games at Triple-A Charlotte) or Jacob May (.266, 1, 24, 19 SBs in 83 games at Triple-A Charlotte), SS Tim Anderson (.283, 9, 30), LF Melky Cabrera (.296, 14, 86), 1B Jose Abreu (.293, 25, 100), 3B Todd Frazier (.225, 40, 98), RF Avisail Garcia (.245, 12, 51), DH Matt Davidson (missed much of last season with broken right foot), C Omar Narvaez (.267, 1, 10), 2B Tyler Saladino (.282, 8, 38).
Rotation: LH Jose Quintana (13-12, 3.20 ERA), RH Miguel Gonzalez (5-8, 3.73), LH Derek Holland (7-9, 4.95 ERA in 22 games with Texas), RH James Shields (6-19, 5.85 in 33 starts with Padres and White Sox), LH Carlos Rodon (9-10, 4.04).
Key relievers: RH David Robertson (5-3, 3.47, 37/44 saves), RH Nate Jones (5-3, 2.29, 3 saves), LH Dan Jennings (4-3, 2.08), RH Zach Putnam (1-0, 2.30), RH Michael Ynoa (1-0, 3.00).
Hot Spot: Triple-A Charlotte. With Giolito, Lopez and Moncada likely to begin the season in Triple-A, many White Sox fans might keep a closer watch on the Knights than the big league club. The development of the franchise's suddenly rich minor league system will help determine the trajectory of Chicago's new rebuilding project.
Outlook: Lots of losses and trades. Quintana and Frazier likely will be shipped out at some point this season, and Robertson also could be on the move in the right deal. The White Sox seem fully committed to a major overhaul, and they added several prospects when they traded away Sale and Eaton over the winter. But it could be a rough couple of years while general manager Rick Hahn tries to establish a more reliable pipeline of talent throughout the organization. In the meantime, the White Sox still have Anderson, who was impressive in his first major league stint last year. Abreu is going for his fourth straight season of at least 25 homers and 100 RBIs.
|White Sox, Twins open 5-game series with doubleheader|
CHICAGO -- With six weeks remaining in the regular season, the Minnesota Twins find themselves in the thick of the American League playoff race. The Chicago White Sox, meanwhile, are reduced to playing the spoiler role.
The Twins enter their Monday doubleheader against the White Sox having won four straight after sweeping three from the Arizona Diamondbacks, capped by 12-5 victory on Sunday when the Twins scored nine runs in the first inning.
Now, they are looking to extend their winning streak with a five-game series against the White Sox, who have won just two of their last eight games. The Twins will be without third baseman Miguel Sano, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday due to a stress fracture in his left tibia.
"I really don't know how it is going to proceed," Twins manager Paul Molitor said Sunday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I think given the situation, dealing with the information that was passed on from our staff, was that they are concerned enough to feel that they need to get him off of his feet for a little bit."
Kennys Vargas will replace Sano on the roster after he was removed from his game with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.
Right-hander Tim Melville will be called up to start one of the Monday games for the Twins after spending the season at Rochester. In his past eight Triple-A starts, Melville has recorded a 2.42 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 15 walks in 49 innings. Overall, he is 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 games (10 starts).
His lone major league action came last year with the Cincinnati Reds, and he went 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA in three games (two starts). Melville, 27, has never faced the White Sox.
Twins right-hander Dillon Gee (0-0, 3.16 ERA) will make his second start of the season after working primarily out of the bullpen. As of Sunday, Molitor had not yet decided who would start which game of the doubleheader.
The White Sox return home after finishing a 2-3 road trip. Chicago held on for a 3-2 win against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.00 ERA) will open the series against the Twins on the mound for the White Sox, who will call up right-hander Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte to pitch the Monday nightcap.
Rodon will make his first start against the Twins this season. The left-hander is 3-2 against Minnesota lifetime.
Fulmer will make his initial major league start, and first big-league appearance of the season. He is taking the place of Reynaldo Lopez, who landed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday after straining his back in his Thursday start against the Rangers.
Manager Rick Renteria told reporters Sunday that he expects Fulmer only to make one start before he returns to the minors, but Fulmer could return to the big-league club in September.
Fulmer, 23, was projected as a starter when he was drafted in 2015, but worked exclusively as a reliever for Chicago last season, going 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in eight appearances. He opposed the Twins once, allowing a run in 1 2/3 innings on July 31, 2016.
In 24 starts this year at Triple-A, Fulmer is 7-8 with a 5.64 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 63 walks in 122 innings.
Renteria said Fulmer has worked to slow down his delivery to eliminate some of the inconsistencies with his performance. Now, Fulmer will help try to help slow down the surging Twins.
"He's worked on it -- seemingly the numbers aren't really playing to that right now, but this kid's pretty determined to do what he needs to do in order to become a better and more accomplished major league pitcher," Renteria said Sunday. "It's just continually evolving. I think he's going to be OK."
|Last Updated: 5/21/2018 5:58:19 PM EST|