|MINNESOTA ( BERRIOS )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( KOPECH )
|919||MINNESOTA||-140||Ov 9,+100||-110||Ov 9,+105|
|920||CHI WHITE SOX||+130||Un 9,-120||+100||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-46||-6||45-41||4.7||0.249||0.316||0.407||0.722||4.9||0.262||0.333||0.418||0.751|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.9||5-2||6.6||0.274||0.317||0.547||0.864||5.3||0.266||0.352||0.427||0.780|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-57||-8.8||46-43||4.3||0.247||0.300||0.400||0.700||5.4||0.257||0.339||0.416||0.755|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||5-1||6.0||0.292||0.340||0.496||0.836||4.9||0.242||0.306||0.386||0.692|
|8/7/2018||MEJIA(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||3-2||W||215||8.5 ov||U||11||9||0||6||8||0|
|8/8/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||2-5||L||180||9 ov||U||8||7||3||8||6||0|
|8/9/2018||BERRIOS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-5||L||187||7.5 ov||O||7||2||1||6||8||1|
|8/10/2018||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||3-5||L||-105||9 ov||U||10||7||1||3||2||2|
|8/11/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||LIRIANO(L)||4-3||W||-135||8.5 ev||U||9||10||0||9||7||0|
|8/12/2018||STEWART(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||2-4||L||-115||9 un||U||4||3||0||9||6||0|
|8/20/2018||GONSALVES(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||5-8||L||-160||9.5 un||O||7||5||1||13||10||0|
|8/21/2018||BERRIOS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||KOPECH(R)|| |
|8/22/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)|| |
|8/25/2018|| ||OAKLAND||FIERS(R)|| |
|8/28/2018|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|8/7/2018||LOPEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-4||L||+180||9 un||U||6||9||0||8||9||0|
|8/8/2018||GIOLITO(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||3-7||L||+235||8.5 ev||O||9||6||1||7||8||0|
|8/13/2018||LOPEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||LEWICKI(R)||5-9||L||-105||9 ov||O||11||8||0||12||7||1|
|8/14/2018||GIOLITO(R)||@ DETROIT||HARDY(L)||6-3||W||120||9 ov||P||8||3||0||9||9||1|
|8/15/2018||RODON(L)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||6-5||W||105||9 un||O||12||8||1||8||4||1|
|8/17/2018||SHIELDS(R)||KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||9-3||W||-135||9 un||O||10||7||0||6||4||1|
|8/18/2018||COVEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||KELLER(R)||1-3||L||-130||9 un||U||9||8||0||6||7||0|
|8/19/2018||LOPEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||FILLMYER(R)||7-6||W||-155||9 ov||O||10||6||1||9||6||0|
|8/20/2018||GIOLITO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GONSALVES(L)||8-5||W||150||9.5 un||O||13||10||0||7||5||1|
|8/23/2018||SHIELDS(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)|| |
|8/24/2018|| ||@ DETROIT||CARPENTER(L)|| |
|8/25/2018||GIOLITO(R)||@ DETROIT|| || |
|8/26/2018||KOPECH(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|8/27/2018|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|8/28/2018|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|MINNESOTA: 2017: 85-77, second place, lost to Yankees in wild-card game.
MANAGER: Paul Molitor (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Jake Odorizzi, DH-1B Logan Morrison, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Addison Reed, LHP Zach Duke, SS-3B Erick Aybar, RHP Michael Pineda.
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Bartolo Colon, C Chris Gimenez, DH-1B Kennys Vargas, LHP Hector Santiago, LHP Glen Perkins, LHP Buddy Boshers, RHP Michael Tonkin.
OUTLOOK: After their massive 26-win turnaround last season, earning Molitor the AL Manager of the Year award and a new contract through the 2020 season, the Twins were already on the upswing with their 25-and-under core of Berrios, Buxton, Sano, Rosario and Kepler. Then, after spring training began, they traded for Odorizzi and signed Morrison and Lynn, all at market-bargain prices. They've already had some setbacks, with finger surgery for Santana expected to keep him out for most or all of April, and the gut-punch news of Polanco's suspension, plus the uncertainty that surrounds Sano. But this is a team, even with the bold offseason moves made by AL heavyweights Boston and New York, and the strength of reigning AL Central champion Cleveland, that has the talent and spunk to be right in the playoff mix. With Hughes and Tyler Duffey on track for long-relief roles and a spate of well-regarded prospects set to fill out the rotation at Triple-A Rochester, this is as much starting pitching depth as the Twins have had in years. After using 16 different starters in 2017, they needed that. Rodney, Reed and Duke were important additions to bolster the bullpen, too, after Minnesota relievers ranked 22nd in the majors with a collective 4.40 ERA.
|CHI WHITE SOX: 2017: 67-95, fourth place.
MANAGER: Rick Renteria (second season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Miguel Gonzalez, C Welington Castillo.
SUBTRACTIONS: LHP Derek Holland, RHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP Al Alburquerque, RHP Jake Petricka, C Geovany Soto, OF-2B Alen Hanson, RHP Zach Putnam.
OUTLOOK: For a team with five straight losing seasons and a record that ranked among baseball's worst last year, the White Sox are generating plenty of buzz. That's because they're loaded with promising young players after going all-in on a rebuild prior to last season. The moves have sparked a belief that better days are ahead. Moncada and hard-throwing pitchers Giolito and Lopez showed promise in the majors last season. Right-hander Michael Kopech, outfielder Eloy Jimenez and outfielder Luis Robert are elite prospects on their way in the minors. Garcia, coming off a breakout season, is looking to prove he's not a one-hit wonder. Anderson hopes to bounce back from a trying season in which a close friend was shot to death. Abreu is back after the slugger was viewed as a potential trade candidate this winter. Left-hander Carlos Rodon is expected to be out until at least June following shoulder surgery last September. It's not clear when he'll be ready. Rodon also was sidelined at the start a year ago because of shoulder and biceps problems. The big question is whether he'll ever develop into the pitcher the White Sox envisioned when they drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2014.
|White Sox rookie Kopech to make debut vs. Twins|
The future is now for the Chicago White Sox.
Right-hander Michael Kopech, a hard-throwing 22-year-old who is widely regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, will make his big league debut Tuesday night when the White Sox host the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. Kopech will be promoted before the game from Triple-A Charlotte, where he has been dominant in recent weeks.
His new teammates cannot wait to welcome him aboard.
"Really good, really good," White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez said. "We're going to have one of the best prospects in the game with us. He's one of the best, and everybody thinks he's supposed to be a superstar, and we're all excited."
The Boston Red Sox selected Kopech with the No. 33 overall pick in the 2013 draft out of Mount Pleasant (Texas) High School. He developed quickly and became a main piece in the trade that sent All-Star left-hander Chris Sale from Chicago to Boston.
This season, Kopech has posted 170 strikeouts in 126 1/3 innings. He is 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA in 24 starts, but his past seven starts have been particularly dominant as he has an incredible 59-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
White Sox catcher Kevan Smith is familiar with Kopech from his time in the minors.
"(He is) electric, I guess you could say," Smith said. "Heavy fastball, life toward the end. It's heavy. That's something he has. The last I caught him, we were playing with his changeup a little bit, trying to get his changeup numbers up. ...
"He's been throwing the ball great. I've been keeping up with what he's doing. No surprise he's here."
Chicago (47-77) could use the lift as a disappointing season approaches its final month. Kopech projects as a mainstay in the starting rotation for years to come alongside fellow young arms Carlos Rodon, Lopez, Lucas Giolito and others on the way.
Meanwhile, Minnesota (59-65) will try to take advantage of the rookie's first day in the majors.
Twins right-hander Jose Berrios -- a top young arm in his own right -- will make his 26th start of the season. The 24-year-old Puerto Rican is 11-8 with a 3.75 ERA with 157 strikeouts in 153 2/3 innings. He is looking to go deep into the game after failing to make it five innings in each of his past two starts.
"We'll do a little due diligence," Twins manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune after Berrios' last outing. "We all know how hard he works and how he crushes it between starts. ... It could be just a matter of, he's not feeling quite right -- not physically, but whether his arm is trailing. Some mechanical things can get out of whack over the course of the season."
Berrios has shined against the White Sox throughout his career. In seven starts, he is 6-1 with a 2.28 ERA. He has walked 10 batters while striking out 54 in 47 1/3 innings.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria could return to the dugout one day after he was hospitalized for feeling light-headed before Monday's game in Minnesota. Renteria was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for precautionary reasons.
|Last Updated: 2/20/2019 4:09:02 AM EST|