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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.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

Pete McMurray, David Haugh and Ben Finfer join David Kaplan on the panel and discuss the long-awaited arrival of Michael Kopech for the White Sox, Yu Darvish's short rehab start and Mitch Trubisky's second preseason game.

Plus, they discuss new NFL rules and when Eloy Jimenez could get his call up.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Chris Getz on Michael Kopech: 'He’s got no interest in being second best'

Chris Getz on Michael Kopech: 'He’s got no interest in being second best'

With his MLB debut a day away, the Michael Kopech hype train is rolling full steam ahead.

Chris Getz, the White Sox farm director, did nothing to really slow that train down. Getz was interviewed during the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast and it was all about the pitching prospect and his upcoming debut.

“His stuff is unique,” Getz said. “It’s front-line repertoire, there’s no question. But he’s got such a competitive mindset. He’s got no interest in being second best. He’s a great teammate. He’s a great person. He’s everything you ask for in a guy to be on a team to compete for championships.”

Getz said Kopech has become more confident with his curveball in his last six or seven starts. The “six or seven starts” timeframe is something both general manager Rick Hahn and Charlotte Knights pitching coach Steve McCatty said verbatim in other interviews on Monday. Apparently they saw what they wanted to in terms of Kopech’s development.

Kopech had a 1.84 ERA with 59 strikeouts and four walks in 44 innings in his last seven starts with the Knights. He also didn’t walk any batters in his last three starts over 20 innings.

“He’s got a lot of momentum going right now,” Getz said. “He’s in a very good position for success. He’s right where you want a player to be when we graduate them to the major leagues.”

McCatty, when talking about Kopech on ESPN 1000 with Fred Huebner, said Kopech’s fastball, slider and curveball are all plus pitches.

McCatty also has some experience with big time prospects coming up to the majors. He was the Nationals pitching coach when Stephen Strasburg made his major league debut in 2010. He had some advice for Kopech for his White Sox debut.

“I told him make sure you’re not throwing 102 in the first inning,” McCatty said with a laugh. “He’s gonna be exciting. He’s a specially talented kid. There’s no question about it.”

In Getz’s in-game interview with Jason Benetti and Steve Stone, Benetti asked about Kopech’s upside. Getz didn’t temper expectations in his response.

“To be a front end guy,” Getz said. “He’s got all the ingredients that all the best pitchers have. Michael, he’s going to be himself. He’s got a great personality. He’s got great stuff on the mound. He’s just going to be a guy that’s got a chance to be in the major leagues for a long time at the front end of a major league staff. In terms of throwing comparisons out there, there’s no need to do that. He’s going to be himself and he’s going to be a good one.”