|MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( RODON )
|965||MINNESOTA||+105||Ov 8.5,-105||+100||Ov 8.5,-110|
|966||CHI WHITE SOX||-115||Un 8.5,-115||-110||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-19||-2.2||15-20||4.1||0.238||0.303||0.375||0.678||4.2||0.252||0.311||0.397||0.708|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.8||5-2||6.6||0.274||0.325||0.526||0.851||5.3||0.266||0.354||0.447||0.801|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-58||-9.9||46-44||4.2||0.247||0.300||0.400||0.700||5.4||0.257||0.339||0.414||0.754|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||4-2||5.6||0.278||0.327||0.478||0.805||4.3||0.234||0.300||0.353||0.653|
|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)||5-2||W||100||8.5 ev||U||10||7||2||6||4||1|
|8/22/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)|| |
|8/28/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|8/29/2018|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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||LOPEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||CARPENTER(L)|| |
|8/25/2018||GIOLITO(R)||@ DETROIT|| || |
|8/26/2018||KOPECH(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|8/27/2018||RODON(L)||@ NY YANKEES||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/28/2018||SHIELDS(R)||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|8/29/2018|| ||@ 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 send ace Rodon to mound versus Twins|
Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon has pitched like an unmistakable ace in recent weeks.
Rodon cannot afford to let up when the White Sox host the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon in the conclusion of a quick two-game home series.
Top-line starters stay consistent -- that's part of being an ace.
The 25-year-old is 4-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 12 starts this season. In his past seven starts, he has posted a 3-0 record with a miniscule 1.60 ERA. He is limiting hitters to a .159 average in that span.
Against the Twins, Rodon is 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA in eight career appearances (seven starts).
"He's throwing the ball really, really well," White Sox manager Rick Renteria told the Chicago Tribune after a recent outing by Rodon. "He's ... minimizing anything (the opponents) can do. His stuff is really good.
"His off-speed, his breaking ball are working well. That front-door action, also. Very focused."
Chicago (47-78) will need to stay focused amid a difficult and distracting week.
Renteria was hospitalized Sunday after complaining of light-headedness and has missed the past two games -- although the 56-year-old skipper has been released from the hospital. His availability for Wednesday is uncertain, with bench coach Joe McEwing able to manage in his place once again if necessary.
In addition, All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu (22 home runs, 78 RBIs) is out for the next two weeks after undergoing outpatient surgery on his lower abdomen and groin Tuesday. The absence of Abreu leaves the White Sox without one of their biggest leaders on and off the field. His four-season streak of 30-plus homers and 100-plus RBIs is almost certain to come to an end.
Minnesota (60-65) is in better shape but also has shown plenty of warts this season. However, the Twins have won six of their past eight games and are coming off a 5-2 victory over Chicago.
Right-hander Kyle Gibson (7-9, 3.51 ERA) will make his 26th start for the Twins. He has won back-to-back starts while limiting opponents to four runs over his past two outings. Gibson is 6-3 with a 2.77 ERA in 12 career starts against the White Sox, and he is 0-1 with a 5.27 ERA in two starts against Chicago this season.
The Twins are riding high after Eddie Rosario (one RBI) and Jorge Polanco (two RBIs) put their team on top with two outs in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday.
"Polanco understands his role is to have good at bats and get hits," Twins manager Paul Molitor recently said to The Athletic. "He's done well with runners in scoring position. He keeps the line moving. But everyone likes to contribute power every now and then and to see one from the right side (recently) was really nice."
Both teams will head to the airport after the matinee, with the White Sox flying over Lake Michigan to face the Detroit Tigers and the Twins traveling home to host the Oakland Athletics.
|Last Updated: 1/20/2019 6:23:27 PM EST|