Teahen is best bet vs. Indians starter Carmona

Teahen is best bet vs. Indians starter Carmona

Friday, Oct. 1, 2010
5:15 PM

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

Friday nights pitching matchup is an intriguing one, with the ace by default of the Cleveland Indians, Fausto Carmona, taking on wannabe starter Tony Pena of the Chicago White Sox. Carmona has sported a strong record but weak supporting numbers in his career vs. the White Sox, while Pena has been lights-out (a 0.93 ERA!) vs. Cleveland.

Carmona brings a career mark vs. the White Sox of 6-3 with a 4.50 ERA to his start tonight, but has seen his starts vs. Chicago marked by wildness, (1.43 WHIP and 1.45 KBB). In September and October in his career, Carmona has gone 9-8 with a 4.45 ERA. And in four games at U.S. Cellular Field, the righty is 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA, with a 1.47 WHIP and horrendous 0.54 KBB.

Mark Teahen, tonights No. 3 hitter and right fielder, is the best bet vs. Carmona, with a .387 career average and .858 OPS.

Heres Chicagos complete starting lineup vs. Carmona:

1. Juan Pierre, left field (1-5, .200 career vs. Carmona)
2. Omar Vizquel, shortstop (1-5, .200)
3. Mark Teahen, right field (12-31, .387, .858 OPS)
4. Dayan Viciedo, first base
5. Mark Kotsay, designated hitter (3-13, .231, 5 Ks, .804 OPS)
6. Tyler Flowers, catcher (0-1, .000, HBP)
7. Brent Morel, third base
9. Alejandro De Aza, center field
9. Brent Lillibridge, second base (0-2, .000, BB)

Pena has never started a game vs. Cleveland, but has been a Wahoos killer in his career, going 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA, with a 1.19 WHIP and 2.00 KBB). In September and October, Pena has gone 4-3 with a 4.39 ERA. And in 46 games at U.S. Cellular Field, the righty is 3-1 with a 4.61 ERA, with identically mediocre 1.55 WHIP and 1.55 KBB.

Only one member of the Wahoos lineup has had as many as seven at-bats vs. Pena, so projecting success for them vs. the White Sox starter is sketchy at best.

Here is Clevelands complete lineup vs. Pena:

1. Michael Brantley, center field (1-3, .333, K)
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, shortstop (0-2, .000, BB)
3. Shin-Soo Choo, right field (2-5, .400, 1.100 OPS)
4. Travis Hafner, designated hitter (0-1, .000, BB)
5. Jayson Nix, third base (1-2, .500)
6. Trevor Crowe, left field (1-4, .250)
7. Matt LaPorta, first base (2-7, .286, two Ks)
8. Luis Valbuena, second base (1-6, .167)
9. Lou Marson, catcher (0-3, .000, K)

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

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White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.