|CHI WHITE SOX ( FULMER )|
HOUSTON ( KEUCHEL )
|917||CHI WHITE SOX||+260||Ov 9,-105||+260||Ov 8.5,-130|
|918||HOUSTON||-315||Un 9,-115||-315||Un 8.5,+110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-25||-2.3||17-24||4.7||0.271||0.321||0.413||0.734||5.1||0.252||0.325||0.436||0.761|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||3-4||5.4||0.277||0.330||0.387||0.716||5.1||0.277||0.333||0.489||0.823|
|vs Right-handed Starters||74-36||+22.4||55-49||5.5||0.284||0.341||0.473||0.813||4.3||0.238||0.307||0.397||0.703|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||2-5||4.7||0.284||0.336||0.441||0.777||3.4||0.225||0.268||0.377||0.645|
|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)||17-7||W||105||10.5 un||O||25||14||1||12||6||0|
|9/15/2017||FULMER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||2-3||L||110||10 ov||U||8||8||0||6||6||1|
|9/16/2017||LOPEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||JAYE(R)||10-4||W||100||9.5 ov||O||17||11||0||9||8||1|
|9/17/2017||COVEY(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||0-12||L||115||10.5 un||O||1||2||0||13||4||0|
|9/19/2017||GIOLITO(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||1-3||L||230||9 ov||U||6||9||0||8||4||2|
|9/20/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||3-4||L||250||9.5 un||U||4||3||1||9||8||0|
|9/21/2017||FULMER(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|9/22/2017||LOPEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||COVEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||GIOLITO(R)||KANSAS CITY||GAVIGLIO(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||SHIELDS(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||FULMER(R)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|9/28/2017|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|9/8/2017||MCHUGH(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)||8-9||L||-165||9.5 ev||O||11||6||0||14||6||0|
|9/9/2017||MORTON(R)||@ OAKLAND||GOSSETT(R)||1-11||L||-145||9.5 un||O||5||6||2||11||14||0|
|9/9/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ OAKLAND||MENGDEN(R)||4-11||L||-230||9.5 ev||O||7||6||0||14||4||2|
|9/10/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||2-10||L||-175||9 ov||O||8||8||1||12||12||0|
|9/12/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||1-0||W||-115||8 ev||U||6||4||0||2||2||0|
|9/13/2017||FIERS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||1-9||L||105||8.5 ov||O||5||2||0||13||6||0|
|9/14/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||5-2||W||-135||9 ev||U||10||6||0||5||6||0|
|9/19/2017||MCHUGH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||3-1||W||-260||9 ov||U||8||4||2||6||9||0|
|9/20/2017||PEACOCK(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||4-3||W||-300||9.5 un||U||9||8||0||4||3||1|
|9/21/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||VERLANDER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||MORTON(R)||LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||MCHUGH(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|9/25/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|9/28/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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.
|HOUSTON: 2016: 84-78, third place
Manager: A.J. Hinch (third season)
Who's new? RF Josh Reddick, CF Carlos Beltran, LF Nori Aoki, C Brian McCann, RHP Charlie Morton
Who's gone? C Jason Castro, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Doug Fister
Projected lineup: CF George Springer (.261, 29 HR, 82 RBI), 2B Jose Altuve (.338, 24, 96, 30 SB), SS Carlos Correa (.274, 20, 96, 13 SB), DH Carlos Beltran (.295, 29, 93 with Yankees and Rangers), C Brian McCann (.242, 20, 58 with Yankees) or Evan Gattis (.251, 32, 72), 3B Alex Bregman (.264, 8, 34 in 49 games), RF Josh Reddick (.281, 10, 37 with A's and Dodgers), 1B Yulieski Gurriel (.262, 3, 15), LF Nori Aoki (.283, 4, 28 with Mariners)
Rotation: LH Dallas Keuchel (9-12, 4.55 ERA), RH Collin McHugh (13-10, 4.34), RH Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.48), RH Lance McCullers (6-5, 3.22), RH Charlie Morton (1-1, 4.15 in four games with Phillies)
Key relievers: RH Ken Giles (2-5, 4.11, 15/20 SV), RH Luke Gregerson (4-3, 3.28, 15/21 SV), RH Will Harris (1-2, 2.25, 12/15 SV), RH Chris Devenski (4-4, 2.16), LH Tony Sipp (1-2, 4.95), RH Michael Feliz (8-1, 4.43)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and catcher. Hamstring issues limited 33-year-old Morton to four starts with the Phillies last season. That didn't stop the Astros from signing him to a two-year contract worth at least $14 million. Now, veteran Fiers and 24-year-old Joe Musgrove are on the bubble for the fifth starter's job. McCann and Gattis give the Astros a pair of veteran catchers with slugging potential. McCann has fewer weaknesses behind the plate; Gattis is the better all-around hitter. With Beltran aboard as the primary designated hitter, McCann and Gattis won't both be in the lineup on most nights.
Outlook: After slipping to third place in the AL West last year, the Astros' front office decided to double down on dingers rather than upgrade a rotation that lacks a true ace. The result: A lineup with eight potential 20-home run hitters, including possible MVP candidates in Altuve and Correa. Everyone returns from an impressive young bullpen with high strikeout potential. If the Astros are in contention by the trade deadline, the front office should have the financial flexibility to add a front-line starter. Then again, if Dallas Keuchel looks like the pitcher who won a Cy Young Award in 2015, Houston might not have a problem.
|Astros' Keuchel starts finale vs. White Sox|
HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch balks at using any one-game performance as a referendum on postseason roster spots or roles, but as Houston's regular season draws to a close, it is difficult to avoid assessing every individual effort through the prism of future opportunities.
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (13-4, 2.96 ERA) will start the series finale for the Astros on Thursday against the White Sox. He is 2-3 with a 4.30 ERA in six career starts against Chicago.
Keuchel allowed eight runs, 10 hits and three walks in four innings during an 8-5 road loss to the White Sox on Aug. 8.
White Sox right-hander Carson Fulmer (2-1, 4.50 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season and the first of his career against the Astros on Thursday.
While Keuchel is safely in the Astros' playoff rotation plans, the same might not be true for Brad Peacock.
The right-hander's versatility leaves him as a viable candidate to move back to the bullpen when the postseason commences. However, as good as Peacock was in a relief role earlier this season, his performance as a starter has been equally sharp.
On Wednesday night, he allowed two runs, one hit and two walks in six strong innings in a 4-3 victory over the White Sox (60-91) that allowed the Astros (93-58) to clinch the three-game series.
With right-handers Chris Devenski and Joe Musgrove currently serving as bullpen options capable of throwing multiple innings, the role Peacock serves might depend on other Houston starters going deep into games.
"You don't really need long relief until you need it, and that can come in a lot of different ways," Hinch said. "The goal in the season and postseason is not a lot different. You want to put a good pitcher in every single time. Whether that calls for early in the game, midgame, late game, we'll take the best group that we feel like will help us win a series.
"A lot has to happen between now and then. It's not easy getting through the next (11) games and getting these guys sharp and ready to go before we have to make our decision."
All of the White Sox's current decisions are being made with an eye toward 2018. Fulmer is making the case to be in the rotation next year.
He posted his first career win as a starter on Sept. 10 against the San Francisco Giants, allowing one run and three hits in a career-high six innings while posting a career-best nine strikeouts. Fulmer followed that up with another sharp six-inning outing Friday at Detroit, where he gave up one run on four hits in a no-decision.
White Sox rookie second baseman Yoan Moncada posted his fifth multi-hit game in his past 10 starts in the series opener at Houston on Tuesday, a 3-for-4 effort, then hit a two-run homer off Peacock on Wednesday. Moncada is batting .415 on the current road trip.
Acquired in the trade that sent ace left-hander Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox, Moncada is getting ample opportunity to showcase the talent that had him ranked near the top of most prospect lists.
"I know we've talked about him taking advantage of all the at-bats that he gets," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He's obviously been seeing a lot of off-speed, secondary pitches that have been very effective against him.
"He's got a very good eye. I think he's starting to slow it down a little bit more. He's starting to recognize those pitches; he's trying not to do too much with them. He's been continuing to make those adjustments.
"It's been a good run for him. I know we've talked about the experience for him towards the end of the season and how we thought he would start to show signs of growth. I think he's doing that."
|Last Updated: 12/17/2017 12:04:26 AM EST|