|CHI WHITE SOX ( SHIELDS )|
DETROIT ( BELL )
|961||CHI WHITE SOX||+115||Ov 10,-110||+105||Ov 10.5,+105|
|962||DETROIT||-125||Un 10,-110||-115||Un 10.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-24||-2.3||15-24||4.5||0.268||0.317||0.412||0.729||4.9||0.247||0.321||0.423||0.744|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.4||4-2||6.3||0.305||0.338||0.529||0.867||4.6||0.228||0.304||0.422||0.726|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-65||-22.8||55-46||4.3||0.251||0.313||0.395||0.709||5.5||0.282||0.344||0.463||0.806|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.2||4-3||2.3||0.223||0.254||0.332||0.586||6.9||0.335||0.396||0.522||0.919|
|8/31/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)||4-5||L||145||9.5 un||U||12||9||0||9||10||0|
|9/1/2017||LOPEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||1-3||L||+180||9 un||U||7||6||2||6||5||2|
|9/2/2017||RODON(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-4||W||+150||8 un||O||10||5||0||9||9||0|
|9/3/2017||GIOLITO(R)||TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)||6-2||W||+140||9 ov||U||8||6||0||4||4||1|
|9/8/2017||GIOLITO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||2-9||L||-125||9 ov||O||5||8||3||8||6||1|
|9/9/2017||SHIELDS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)||13-1||W||+120||9 ev||O||18||6||0||3||4||1|
|9/10/2017||FULMER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||8-1||W||+145||9 ev||P||13||4||0||5||6||1|
|9/11/2017||LOPEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||11-3||W||160||9 ov||O||17||11||0||9||6||1|
|9/12/2017||COVEY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GAVIGLIO(R)||3-4||L||175||10 ov||U||13||10||0||4||3||0|
|9/13/2017||GIOLITO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SKOGLUND(L)||5-3||W||135||10 ov||U||10||9||1||8||10||0|
|9/14/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ DETROIT||BELL(L)|| |
|9/15/2017||FULMER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||LOPEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||JAYE(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||COVEY(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)|| |
|9/19/2017||GIOLITO(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|9/21/2017|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|9/4/2017||LEWICKI(R)||KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||6-7||L||+145||9.5 ov||O||12||10||0||16||9||2|
|9/5/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||13-2||W||+105||9.5 un||O||15||6||1||5||7||0|
|9/6/2017||BOYD(L)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||2-13||L||+120||9 ov||O||10||11||0||18||7||1|
|9/8/2017||FARMER(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||5-4||W||185||8.5 ev||O||7||3||0||8||4||0|
|9/9/2017||BELL(L)||@ TORONTO||ANDERSON(L)||4-5||L||120||9.5 un||U||8||4||0||13||10||0|
|9/10/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||2-8||L||145||9 un||O||7||6||0||16||8||1|
|9/11/2017||JAYE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||0-11||L||275||8.5 ev||O||9||10||2||11||9||0|
|9/12/2017||BOYD(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-2||L||315||8 un||U||5||3||0||9||10||0|
|9/13/2017||FARMER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||3-5||L||250||9.5 ov||U||7||7||0||7||4||2|
|9/14/2017||BELL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||JAYE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||BOYD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|9/21/2017|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|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.
|DETROIT: 2016: 86-75, second place.
Manager: Brad Ausmus (fourth season).
He's Here: C Alex Avila, OF Mikie Mahtook.
He's Outta Here: OF Cameron Maybin, SS Erick Aybar, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Casey McGehee.
Projected lineup: 2B Ian Kinsler (.288, 28 HRs, 83 RBIs), 3B Nicholas Castellanos (.285, 18, 58 in 110 games), 1B Miguel Cabrera (.316, 38, 108), DH Victor Martinez (.289, 27, 86), RF J.D. Martinez (.307, 22, 68 in 120 games), LF Justin Upton (.246, 31, 87), C James McCann (.221, 12, 48) or Alex Avila (.213, 7, 11 with White Sox), CF Mikie Mahtook (.195, 3, 11 with Tampa Bay) or Tyler Collins (.235, 4, 15), SS Jose Iglesias (.255, 4, 32).
Rotation: RH Justin Verlander (16-9, 3.04 ERA, 254 Ks), RH Michael Fulmer (11-7, 3.06), RH Jordan Zimmermann (9-7, 4.87), LH Daniel Norris (4-2, 3.38), LH Matt Boyd (6-5, 4.53).
Key relievers: RH Francisco Rodriguez (3-4, 3.24, 44/49 saves), RH Bruce Rondon (5-2, 2.97), LH Justin Wilson (4-5, 4.14, 1 save), RH Alex Wilson (4-0, 2.96), RH Anibal Sanchez (7-13, 5.87 in 35 games, 26 starts).
Hot Spot: Back of Starting Rotation. Zimmermann and Norris could be major contributors if healthy, but the No. 5 spot in the rotation is much more uncertain. Sanchez has a big contract and some impressive career accomplishments, but he's 33 and coming off two straight disappointing seasons. Boyd was merely serviceable a season ago.
Outlook: The Tigers have made no secret of the fact that they'll need to cut costs soon, but they've generally put off doing so. Verlander, Cabrera and Kinsler are back, and Detroit is ready to make another bid for a postseason spot. The Tigers fell just short of a wild card last season, and the team's top players aren't getting any younger, so this could be the last shot for Detroit to win big before a significant overhaul. Verlander and Cabrera are still producing like stars, and Fulmer won Rookie of the Year honors last year. If the Tigers are going to take another step forward, they'll probably need Zimmermann and Norris to perform well after both dealt with injury problems a season ago. Speaking of injuries: J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot March 18 and is expected to miss the start of the season. The Tigers finished eight games behind Cleveland in 2016. Closing that gap won't be easy, and a lot might depend on whether Detroit can stay healthy.
|White Sox, Tigers battle to avoid the cellar|
DETROIT -- The Chicago White Sox seemed destined for a last-place finish after losing 13 of their first 14 games following the All-Star break. The fading and depleted Detroit Tigers may allow them to avoid that fate.
The White Sox trail the fourth-place Tigers by just two games in the American League Central entering their four-game series at Comerica Park that begins Thursday afternoon.
Chicago went into full rebuild mode last offseason, dealing veterans -- including ace Chris Sale -- for prospects. Detroit took the same approach this summer after dropping out of playoff contention.
Some of those highly regarded young players are making the White Sox (58-87) a little more competitive down the stretch. They have won four of their past five games.
"We never give up. We always keep fighting," White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia told the Chicago Tribune. "We try to do our best and score some runs for our pitchers so we can win more games."
James Shields, one of the veterans the White Sox were unable to deal, start the series opener Thursday.
He enjoyed his best outing of the season in his last start. The 35-year-old right-hander limited San Francisco to one run on two hits in seven innings during a 13-1 White Sox victory on Saturday.
Shields (3-6, 5.40 ERA) has allowed 23 home runs in 98 1/3 innings this season but held the Giants scoreless until he gave up a seventh-inning solo shot to Nick Hundley.
"My fastball location was pretty much on point," Shields said. "I got behind the count on a few hitters but overall didn't really leave anything over the plate besides the home run. I got a ton of ground balls. That's what I wanted to do."
Shields is 8-8 with a 4.37 ERA in 24 career starts against Detroit. He won his only start against the Tigers this season, allowing one run, two hits and five walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings on April 6.
Detroit, which opens an 11-game homestand, has lost five straight and 11 of its past 13. The Tigers (60-85) scored just three runs while getting swept by the Cleveland Indians in a three-game series this week. That allowed the Indians to set an American League record with 21 consecutive victories.
The frustration is mounting, as manager Brad Ausmus and catcher James McCann were ejected Wednesday for arguing balls and strikes in the Tigers' 5-3 loss.
"We felt like there was a discrepancy in the strike zone between the two teams early in the game," Ausmus said. "It's hard enough to beat the Indians, all things being equal, and we felt like we weren't getting some calls that they were."
The Tigers have not strung together two victories since winning four straight at the beginning of August.
"We're a young team battling, and games aren't always going our way right now," Detroit catcher John Hicks said. "We're just trying to get better and trying to bond as a team. I think we're getting there. We're getting better, and hopefully we can put some wins together to finish the season."
Tigers rookie left-hander Chad Bell (0-2, 5.79 ERA) will make his third straight start on Thursday. Bell was mainly used as a long reliever until Justin Verlander was dealt to Houston and Michael Fulmer and Jordan Zimmermann sustained injuries.
Bell gave up five runs in four innings to the Indians in his first start this month. The next outing went a little smoother, as he allowed two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings while getting a no-decision against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
The White Sox scored three runs in 2 1/3 innings against Bell on May 26, the only time he faced them.
Detroit outfielder Mikie Mahtook is expected to return sometime during the series after missing the past five games with a groin injury.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2017 11:05:30 PM EST|