Jake Peavy vs. Justin Verlander: Tale of the tape


Jake Peavy vs. Justin Verlander: Tale of the tape

Justin Verlander and Jake Peavy will each take the mound for their respective teams when the Chicago White Sox open a three-game weekend series against the Detroit Tigers tonight. Here's a tale of the tape on what could be quite the pitchers duel in Comerica Park this evening.
-- Each pitcher has a Cy Young Award to his name: Peavy won the award in 2007 after going 19-6 with a 2.54 ERA in 2007 with the Padres; Verlander won the award last year, going 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA
-- Peavy has pitched in three All-Star Games (2005, 2007, 2012), while Verlander has appeared in five (2007, 2009-2012)
-- Both pitchers have led their respective leagues in strikeouts twice, Verlander in 2009 and 2011; Peavy in 2005 and 2007
-- Twice Peavy has led his league in ERA (2004, 2007), while Verlander has done so once (2011).
-- Verlander was named the American League MVP in 2011, the first pitcher to do so since 1992
2012 splits
Verlander and Peavy are both having impressive regular seasons in 2012. Verlander sits at 10-5 with a 2.43 ERA, while Peavy has bounced back nicely from last season with a 7-6 record and a 3.12 ERA.
Peavy is 1-0 with a 5.15 ERA in three starts against the Tigers this year. Verlander is yet to face the White Sox.
Both pitchers were selected to the American League roster for the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City. Verlander, the team's starter, allowed five earned runs in 1.0 inning, while Peavy did not pitch.
Both pitchers have made one start since the All-Star break. Verlander threw eight shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles to pick up the win, while Peavy allowed six earned runs in a 6-3 loss to the Royals.
Career splits
Peavy made one start against the Tigers with the Padres, but became well-acquainted with Detroit shortly after his trade to the White Sox. Two of his first three starts for the White Sox came against Detroit, where Peavy threw for a combined 15 innings of shutout ball, striking out 13 while picking up wins in both starts.
For his career, Peavy holds a 3-2 record and a 4.26 ERA in eight career starts against the Tigers. He took the loss in his one start with the Padres, surrendering 5 runs (3 earned) through six innings in an 8-4 loss.
It has been a tale of two careers for Verlander, and his statistics against the White Sox are no exception. In 25 career starts, he is 12-10 with a 4.13 ERA against Chicago.
But in the past three seasons, Verlander holds a 10-1 record with a a 2.32 ERA in 11 starts against the South Siders. That stretch of play includes three All-Star games (including one start), a Cy Young Award and an American League MVP for Verlander.
The two have faced each other one time in their careers, on July 26 of last season in Chicago. Verlander picked up the win, going eight innings and allowing four runs (both two-run homers from Dunn and Konerko).
Peavy took a no-decision, allowing four earned runs in six innings before being pulled after 111 pitches. The Tigers would plate a run in the top of the 8th inning, a Wilson Betemit RBI single, off Jesse Crain to take a 5-4 lead they would not surrender. Verlander, of course, would go on to win the American League MVP that year.

White Sox Talk Podcast: How Sox fans are dealing with Cubs success


White Sox Talk Podcast: How Sox fans are dealing with Cubs success

In our next installment of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien is joined by Chris Kamka and Slavko Bekovic to discuss how White Sox fans are dealing with success on the North Side.

Later, White Sox fan and CSN producer Ryan McGuffey talks about his experience producing Cubs content. Finally, Cubs fan Nate Poppen shares his thoughts on Frank Kaminsky wearing a Steve Bartman jersey to the United Center before a Bulls-Hornets preseason game.

Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast here:

White Sox coaching staff will rely more heavily on statistics

White Sox coaching staff will rely more heavily on statistics

Statistical analysis will weigh more heavily on the White Sox coaching staff’s daily decisions after Joe McEwing was elevated to Rick Renteria’s bench coach on Friday.

McEwing -- whose influence led to a 957 percent increase in defensive shifts utilized from 2013-16 -- replaces Renteria, who was named the team’s new manager on Oct. 3 after Robin Ventura announced he wouldn’t return.

Former player development director Nick Capra replaces McEwing as third-base coach while Curt Hasler was promoted from minor-league pitching coordinator to replace bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen.

McEwing’s promotion is another sign the franchise will stress the use of statistical analysis when constructing its lineup, etc., a move Ventura suggested was in progress when he said the White Sox needed a new voice. Renteria likes how he worked with McEwing last season and suggested analysis would have a big impact on their day-to-day operations.

“All the information that is provided to us plays an important part in how we move forward,” Renteria said. “We look at outcomes, which are the statistical analysis aspects. But then we are also trying to stay ahead of the curve. We do a lot of video work, trying to see if guys are changing their approaches. In terms of the shifts, we did incorporate shifts, but we also did some modifications as was to be expected when you see guys changing approaches with two strikes and things of that nature or runners in scoring position -- all those different aspects that come into play.”

Similar to many organizations, the White Sox have drastically modified how they align themselves defensively over the past four seasons under McEwing and general manager Rick Hahn. According to FanGraphs, the White Sox went from being ranked 27th in shifts implemented in 2013 to ninth by 2014 with an increase from 102 to 588. The White Sox shifted 1,079 times last season and McEwing has been instrumental in that transformation, several team sources said. It’s reasonable to expect analysis will be used more often in lineup construction and game strategy under Renteria, too. He didn’t shy away from the use of statistical analysis when he managed on the other side of town in 2014, Cubs third-base coach Gary Jones said last week.

“It’s part of our daily preparation,” Jones said. “Rick is good with it as we are right now. It was definitely a part of the equation, no doubt.”

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Renteria cited familiarity when asked why he didn’t go outside of the organization for coaching staff hires. McEwing has long been held in high regard within the franchise and interviewed for managerial openings in Houston and Texas in 2014. Renteria suggested McEwing’s work ethic -- and how he works -- had a big impact on his promotion.

“Having sat side by side (with McEwing) going over a lot of game reviews and studying the opposition and setting up defense, I got to know him quite well,” Renteria said. “He’s a hard worker. He’s in there early looking for anything that will give us an edge. His managing experience and coaching experience also allows him an opportunity to be able to serve me well.

“It’s a good fit. We both are kind of high energy. Joey might be a little higher energy than me and I didn’t think that was possible. He brings a lot to the table.”

The White Sox announced the rest of its staff -- first-base coach Daryl Boston, pitching coach Don Cooper, hitting coach Todd Steverson, assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks and bullpen catcher Mark Salas -- would return in 2017.