Series Preview: Chicago White Sox, April 12-14

Ace Chris Sale delivers the fastball - USA TODAY Sports

The Indians continue their first home stand of 2013 with the rival Chicago White Sox.

The Tribe's opening home stand continues with a three game set scheduled for Friday April 12 at 7:05 PM, Saturday April 13 at 4:05 PM start times and a matinee on Sunday April 14 at 1:05 PM. After an off day, the home stand concludes against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.

Team in a Box

Chicago White Sox

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2013 Record

4-4

Runs/Game

3.9

15th

Runs/Game

4.0

3rd

AL Central

t-2nd

OBP

278

15th

SO/9

8.8

5th

Last 10

4-4

SLG

429

9th

BB/9

2.6

1st

Last 30

N/A

Steals

6

3rd

H/9

8.3

4th

The White Sox had one of the quieter offseasons, but expect to contend like they did last year when they faded down the stretch to allow the Tigers to win the division. The lineup is decent and they have two very capable starters at the top of the rotation. The bullpen is not what it once was, but is not god-awful either.

Projected Lineup

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS+

CF

Alejandro De Aza

L

35

250

265

438

81

3B

Jeff Keppinger

R

30

133

133

133

-29

RF

Alex Rios

R

34

419

471

839

235

DH

Adam Dunn

L

29

179

207

393

53

1B

Paul Konerko

R

30

154

233

308

41

LF

Dayan Viciedo

R

23

174

174

435

53

SS

Alexei Ramirez

R

30

310

333

483

112

C

Tyler Flowers

R

25

227

320

545

122

2B

Gordon Beckham

R

21

316

333

316

73

This lineup is extremely unbalanced to the right side, however most of them have the power to park them in the seats. Rios, Konerko, Viciedo and Ramirez have typically given us fits over the years. And Dunn is similar to Reynolds, only he bats left-handed: walk, home run or strikeout. If Beckham doesn't recover from his wrist ailment, expect Keppinger to move to second with Conor Gillaspie playing third. The only guy hot right now is Rios. But Keppinger, Dunn, Konerko and Viciedo have all gotten off to rough starts.

Projected Starters

Date

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

H/9

BB/9

K/9

April 12

Jose Quintana (Masterson)

L

11.25

4.0

18.0

4.5

6.8

April 13

Chris Sale (McAllister)

L

1.84

14.2

7.4

1.8

8.6

April 14

Jake Peavy (Myers)

R

5.56

11.1

10.3

0.8

10.3

Quintana was originally an amateur free agent signed by the Mets. After a couple of seasons with the Yankees, the White Sox picked him up before the 2012 season. Sale was the thirteenth pick in the 2010 draft while the Tribe took Pomeranz fifth. Brought up initially as a reliever, Sale has the stuff to compete for a Cy Young someday soon. Peavy in 2012 looked to be finally recovered from his injuries. The first game of the set looks to be our best chance at a win, although no-name lefties often give us trouble. As much as I like Zach, Sale is a tough matchup for us, and I have no faith in Myers right now.

Key Relievers (with 2012 stats)

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Addison Reed

R

0.00

4.0

2.3

4.5

9.0

Matt Lindstrom

R

0.00

5.0

3.6

0.0

9.0

Jesse Crain

R

0.00

3.0

3.0

3.0

12.0

The key lefties in the pen are Matt Thornton and Donnie Veal. We could also see Nate Jones or Hector Santiago. Reed was a third round pick in 2010 and has flown through the system. He had very good K rates but is a bit wild as well. Lindstrom is the veteran of the staff at 33 and Crain is the former Twin who was signed prior to the 2011 season.

On the Shelf

  • SP John Danks (left shoulder surgery) - 15-day DL, possible early May return
  • RP Leyson Septimo (left shoulder strain) - 15-day DL
  • 2B Gordon Beckham (left wrist nerve irritation - day to day

If and when Danks recovers, he should replace either Axelrod or Jose Quintana in the rotation. Septimo is another live arm for the pen.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2013

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

7

11

389

72

120

282

Last 5

38

52

422

415

462

451

Last 10

82

102

446

897

926

485

All-Time

1000

1046

489

8691

8815

494

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