Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Stock watch: Eaton racing back to form
By Doug Padilla
Adam Eaton is riding a five-game hitting streak going into Tuesday's game.
Adam Eaton, center field: The leadoff man appears to have his legs under him again after last month's trip to the DL with hamstring issues. The left-handed hitter is batting .333 (7-for-21) during a five-game hitting streak. Prior to the hitting streak, Eaton was in a 3-for-35 funk over his previous nine games.
Relief pitching:Ronald Belisario has been a white-knuckle ride at closer, but the relief corps has actually been dominating of late. The bullpen has a 1.69 ERA over its last 12 games (37 1/3 innings). Lefty Scott Downs has four consecutive scoreless appearances of less than one inning and Jake Petricka has delivered a scoreless outing in 21 of his 26 appearances. Daniel Webb is on a run of seven consecutive scoreless appearances and has a 1.00 ERA over his past 14 games.
AL Central play: Monday night's victory over the Tigers gave the White Sox a 15-11 record against division opponents. The White Sox are 3-3 against the Royals, 2-1 against the Twins and a whopping 7-3 against the Indians, a team they only beat twice last season. Against the Tigers, the White Sox are 3-4 this year, but have a chance to reach the break-even point Tuesday night.
Andre Rienzo, starting pitcher: The right-hander is having a hard time getting a handle on his command issues after starting out strong in the major leagues this year. Rienzo has given up a combined 15 runs over his past three starts (all losses), but three of those runs in a May 25 start against the Yankees were unearned. Manager Robin Ventura said he will stick with Rienzo in the rotation for now.
Dayan Viciedo, outfielder: The power threat was on an 0-for-24 slide before getting a pair of hits Sunday against the Angels. That respite was short-lived, though, as he went hitless in three at-bats Monday. Since the start of May (35 games), Viciedo is batting .197, with 27 hits and 33 strikeouts.
Tyler Flowers, catcher: His tendencies to run both hot and cold have shown up this season. Flowers is now hitless over his last 13 at-bats after an 0-for-3 night Monday. One good sign is that he did walk and score a run Monday night so he figured out a way to get involved. Since May 26 (11 games), Flowers is batting .059 (2-for-34) with a .135 on-base percentage.