White Sox will face Mendoza, Chen, Guthrie; hope to avoid Death

It's that time again.

The White Sox will face the Kansas City Royals for the first time since being swept at Kauffman Stadium Aug. 17-19.

The bad news? Ned Yost will throw the same three starters at the Sox: Luis Mendoza, Bruce Chen and Jeremy Guthrie.

The good news? This time, it's at home, where the Sox have played dramatically better.

Here's a quick look at what each of these starters has done against the White Sox since settling in as a starter, leaving you ample opportunity to speculate, anticipate or dread the upcoming matchups.

Luis Mendoza


Date Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc HBP GDP
1
2011-09-25 W 2-1 GS-8 ,W 7.2 5 1 1 2 4 0 100 61 67 1 1
2 2012-05-13 W 9-1 1-7 ,W 5.2 7 1 1 2 4 0 81 49 0 1
3 2012-07-15 L 1-2 GS-8 ,L 7.1 4 2 2 4 6 1 93 52 64 1 2
4 2012-08-06 L 2-4 GS-8 ,L 7.1 7 4 4 1 5 2 103 65 52 1 2
5 2012-08-17 W 4-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 4 2 2 1 6 1 85 51 66 1 0

Note the HBPs. Mendoza usually starts by throwing fastballs in on righties, then breaking balls away, and the Sox have been slow to catch up to this.

Star-divide

Bruce Chen


Date Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc HBP GDP
1 2010-06-10 W 9-8 GS-7 ,W 6.1 10 5 5 1 7 1 99 74 39 0 1
2 2010-07-27 L 2-11 GS-6 ,L 5.1 11 6 6 3 1 0 113 68 20 1 1
3 2011-04-29 W 4-3 GS-6 5.1 8 3 3 2 1 1 101 60 39 0 1
4 2011-07-14 L 4-8 GS-5 ,L 5.0 9 4 4 3 2 1 102 62 32 0 0
5 2011-09-13 W 4-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 0 0 1 8 0 119 82 85 0 0
6 2011-09-28 L 0-1 GS-8 8.0 8 0 0 2 4 0 115 78 68 0 0
7 2012-04-29 L 4-7 GS-3 ,L 2.2 6 6 6 2 1 0 62 37 21 0 0
8 2012-06-05 W 1-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 4 0 0 0 5 0 88 62 74 0 0
9 2012-07-01 L 8-10 GS-6 ,L 5.2 6 6 6 1 5 3 95 66 37 0 0

They used to be able to hit him, and then they stopped. Fortunately, Detroit couldn't hit him the last time, either.

Star-divide

Jeremy Guthrie

Rk Date Tm Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc HBP GDP
3 2007-07-12 BAL L 7-9 GS-4 ,L 3.2 9 6 5 3 3 2 81 46 21 0 0
4 2008-04-17 BAL W 6-5 GS-6 6.0 6 4 3 1 2 2 103 63 47 1 1
5 2008-04-27 BAL L 1-6 GS-6 ,L 5.0 5 3 3 2 5 2 93 61 48 0 0
6 2009-04-22 BAL L 2-8 GS-6 ,L 6.0 8 5 5 3 2 1 104 63 35 0 1
7 2009-07-19 BAL W 10-2 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 2 2 1 5 2 108 69 72 0 1
8 2009-08-21 BAL W 5-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 6 1 1 2 2 1 96 61 61 0 1
9 2010-08-08 BAL W 4-3 GS-8 ,W 8.0 6 1 1 1 4 0 116 76 69 1 0
10 2010-08-24 BAL L 5-7 GS-7 ,L 6.2 10 6 6 2 3 1 97 60 31 2 2
11 2011-05-02 BAL L 2-6 GS-7 ,L 7.0 5 4 4 2 4 2 110 72 53 1 0
12 2011-08-08 BAL L 6-7 GS-7 7.0 8 5 4 0 2 2 103 70 45 0 0
13 2012-08-08 KCR W 2-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 0 0 0 6 0 104 74 78 0 1
14 2012-08-19 KCR W 5-2 GS-8 7.2 2 2 0 1 5 0 103 70 75 0 0

The Red Sox knocked him out in the third inning on Aug. 25. He's thrown quality starts in every other one of his last seven appearances, including five outings with both seven innings or more and fewer than three runs. Something's changed, and it's up to the Sox to change him back.

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