2013 Chicago White Sox season
|2013 Chicago White Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Rick Hahn|
CSN Chicago |
WGN-TV and WGN America
(Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone)
(Ed Farmer, Darrin Jackson)
WNUA HD-2 (Spanish)
(Hector Molina, Billy Russo)
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Offseason additions and subtractions
|Players|| RHP Philip Humber (claimed off waivers by Astros)
LHP Francisco Liriano (signed with Pirates)
RHP Brett Myers (signed with Indians)
RHP Brian Bruney (free agent)
C A. J. Pierzynski (signed with Rangers)
1B Dan Johnson (signed with Yankees)
3B Kevin Youkilis (signed with Yankees)
INF Ray Olmedo (signed with Twins)
INF José López (signed with NPB Yomiuri Giants)
INF Orlando Hudson (free agent)
| RHP Matt Lindstrom (free agent) |
RHP Zach Stewart (claimed off waivers from Pirates)
RHP Jeff Gray** (Minor League free agent)
RHP Tony Peña, Jr.* (Minor League free agent)
1B Randy Ruiz (Minor League free agent)
3B Conor Gillaspie (Traded from Giants)
3B Josh Bell** (Minor League free agent)
INF Jeff Keppinger (free agent)
INF Ángel Sánchez (claimed off waivers from Angels)
OF Blake Tekotte (traded from Padres)
OF Stefan Gartrell* (Minor League free agent)
|Personnel||GM Kenny Williams†|| GM Rick Hahn† |
First base coach Daryl Boston
Assistant hitting coach Harold Baines†
- †Player/Personnel promoted following 2012 season
- *Player spent entire 2012 season in Minor Leagues
- **Player was non-roster invitee to Spring training (not on 40-man roster)
2013 Top prospects
Ranked before 2013 season
|#||Player||Position||Top 100 Rank||MLB Rank||2013 Starting Team (Level)|
* According to Baseball America Top 100 Prospects
- 04/01/13 – Signed free agent SS Tyler Greene to a minor league deal.
- 04/01/13 – Acquired 1B Lars Anderson from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash.
- 04/02/13 – Signed free agent RHP Jason Berken to a minor league deal.
- 04/23/13 – Signed free agent LHP Charles Leesman to a minor league deal.
- 04/29/13 – Acquired OF Casper Wells from the Oakland Athletics for cash.
- 05/07/13 – Claimed 1B/DH Mike McDade off waivers from Cleveland Indians.
- 07/02/13 – Signed International free agent OF Micker Zapata from the Dominican Republic.
- 07/13/13 – Traded LHP Matt Thornton and cash to the Boston Red Sox for OF Brandon Jacobs.
- 07/29/13 – Traded RHP Jesse Crain and cash to the Tampa Bay Rays for Player to be named later and/or cash considerations.
- 07/30/13 – Traded RHP Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox in part of three-way trade with Detroit Tigers for OF Avisail García from the Tigers and RHP J.B. Wendelken, RHP Francellis Montas and SS Cleuluis Rondon from the Red Sox.
- 08/03/13 – Released OF DeWayne Wise.
- 08/08/13 – Philadelphia Phillies claimed OF Casper Wells off of waivers and received cash for a player to be named later.
- 08/09/13 – Traded OF Alex Ríos and cash to the Texas Rangers after being claimed off of waivers for Leury García.
- 09/21/13 – Received LHP Frank De Los Santos from a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations.
American League Central
|Kansas City Royals||86||76||0.531||7||44–37||42–39|
|Chicago White Sox||63||99||0.389||30||37–44||26–55|
American League Wild Card
|Boston Red Sox||97||65||0.599|
| Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Tampa Bay Rays||92||71||0.564||—|
|Kansas City Royals||86||76||0.531||5½|
|New York Yankees||85||77||0.525||6½|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||78||84||0.481||13½|
|Toronto Blue Jays||74||88||0.457||17½|
|Chicago White Sox||63||99||0.389||28½|
Record vs. opponents
2013 AL Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Updated for games through September 29, 2013
Detailed records and runs scored/allowed
|Opponent||Home||Away||Total||Pct.||Runs scored||Runs allowed|
|Boston Red Sox||2–1||0–3||2–4||.333||22||29|
|New York Yankees||3–0||0–3||3–3||.500||27||29|
|Tampa Bay Rays||2–2||0–3||2–5||.286||21||38|
|Toronto Blue Jays||2–1||2–2||4–3||.571||33||25|
|Kansas City Royals||3–7||6–3||9–10||.474||56||57|
|Los Angeles Angels||1–2||2–2||3–4||.429||29||32|
|New York Mets||1–1||1–1||2–2||.500||11||11|
Composite inning summary
Opening Day lineup
The Sox won the opening series against the Royals, including a 1-0 victory on Opening Day and then won the series against the Mariners to complete their first homestand of the season. In the finale of that series, the Sox achieved their first walk-off win of the season in extras. Last season, the Sox did not achieve their first walk-off win until June 7. Since 2008, the Sox went 19-4 at home against Seattle. The Sox went to Washington, D.C. where they took on one of the World Series contending teams, the Nationals. The Sox were unsurprisingly been swept and fall to 4-5 all time against the Nationals. Until 2013, April was the only baseball month when Sox never faced NL teams along with all other AL teams. The Sox swept the Nationals in their last visit to D.C. in 2010. The Sox went to Cleveland where they lost two of three to that upgraded team. The Sox went to Toronto where they faced the top favorite in the AL East, the Blue Jays. The Sox would split the four-game series, winning in second and third games. That was the seventh consecutive seasons that they played four-game series in Toronto, and the Sox are 9-19 in that span.
The Sox went to the homestand for the second time this season. Friday's game against the Twins was postponed due to cold and the three-game series was reduced to two-game series. The Sox were swept in that short series. In the next home series against another division rival, the Indians. The scheduled three-game series was against reduced to two-game series as one of the games was postponed due to rain. This series has a different result as they split the series. The Sox would go on to play the series against the Rays for as many games as against the division rivals in this homestand. The Sox resulted in the split, winning in first two games before losing final two. They went back on the road to play the Rangers, Royals, and Mets, though only the first game was played in April.
The Sox lost the first game of the series in Texas before winning the final two. The Rangers suffered only their first series loss of the 2013 season. The team went straight to Kansas City, but the opening game was postponed due to rain. Next day, the Sox were shut out against Jeremy Guthrie, 2–0. Guthrie set the franchise record at 17 consecutive starts without a loss. Before the game, it was announced that Gavin Floyd would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss 14–19 months. In the following game, the Sox led after eight innings but went on to lose in extras. In the series finale, which was a make-up game from three days earlier, Alexei Ramírez hit a long ball that was ruled foul but video showed it was actually a home-run that would have given the Sox the lead. The Sox trailed at that point until they tied it in the ninth of that same batter. In the eleventh inning, Jordan Danks hit the solo shot for a 2-1 Sox lead and went on to win by that score. Danks' first two career homers were game-winning. The Sox went on to play the Mets for the first time since 2002. In the first of two-game set against them, the Sox went almost offenseless as only one batter reached base via an infield single by Alex Ríos in the seventh. Mets ace Matt Harvey shut down the Sox lineup for nine innings, striking out a career-high twelve batters. The Sox played extra innings for a third consecutive game, tied 0-0. In the bottom of the tenth, Mike Baxter hit a walk-off single for the Sox's third walk-off loss of the year in their first ever visit to the Queens. In the second game of the set, the Sox's offense broke through with six runs on 13 hits as the Sox defeated the Mets 6–3 for the series split. The Sox then came home for a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After losing the first two games of the series, on May 12, the Sox avoided a sweep with the help of Chris Sale. Sale pitched a one-hit complete game shutout. He had a pefect game with one out in the seventh inning when Mike Trout singled up the middle. Trout was the lone base runner in the game as Sale had 7 strikeouts and walked none. This occurred just five days after team's offense was held to one hit and one base runner.
The Sox then went on a seven-game road trip, three against the Twins and four against the Angels. The Sox lost the opener of the series and then won final two to win the series. The Sox won first two against the Angels and then lost the final two for a split. The Sox went on to their 8-game homestand, five against last place teams in respective divisions. But first, they played three against the Red Sox, who were near the top of the AL East. In the series, White Sox beat Red Sox twice, including one when José Quintana took his no-hitter into the seventh inning until David Ortiz ended it with a single. After the series win, the Sox played three against the Marlins, who at the time had the worst record in baseball. The Sox swept that series against the Marlins, including two on walk-offs and one in extra innings. The Sox then played consecutive home-and-home series against the crosstown rival Cubs, starting with two in the South Side and finishing with two at Wrigley Field. The Sox lost the first game at the "Cell", 7–0, and the second game was postponed due to rain. Then the Sox lost both games at Wrigley Field, getting outscored 17-6. In the final game of the month, the Sox got shut out in Oakland 3-0 by former Sox pitcher Bartolo Colón. Despite a four-game losing streak to close out the month, the Sox finished the month with a winning record of 14–13.
The Sox started June getting swept by Athletics and losing two of three against the Mariners in the West. In the third game of that series on June 5, neither team scored runs until the 14th inning when Sox scored five runs in the top half, but the Mariners tied it in the bottom half with a grand slam by Kyle Seager. The Sox went on to win 7-5 in 16 innings. It was the first time in MLB history that each team scored five or more runs while neither team scored during the regulation (first nine innings). The Sox then played the A's again, this time at home where the Sox split the four-game series after winning the final two games of the series. The Sox split a short, two-game series against the Blue Jays that was cut short due to finale being rained out.
The Sox went on a lengthy, 10-game road trip. First stop was Houston, first visit there since winning the 2005 World Series. However, the Sox did not fare well as they lost the first three games of the series, but managed to win the series finale. Next stop was Minnesota, where they were swept in the three-game series. The final stop was south to Kansas City, where they took the first two games from the Royals. In the third game, the Sox lost 7-6 with three of those runs given up were unearned in the 8th inning. Jesse Crain gave up runs (all unearned) for the first time since April 12, snapping the franchise record 29 straight scoreless appearances. In the next series, the Sox split a two-game series against the Mets at home. In the first game, Addison Reed blew his save in the ninth when Daniel Murphy hit a popup, Gordon Beckham ran towards the territory where Reed and Conor Gillaspie were calling for but Beckham got in the way and no one caught the ball. The game was then tied at four as David Wright scored. However, in the bottom of the ninth inning Alexei Ramírez hit a walk-off single, scoring Jeff Keppinger for a 5-4 Sox win. In the next game, the Sox were shutout 3-0, they were tied for the AL lead in shutouts as a result. Shawn Marcum picked up his first win of the season after starting the season 0-9. Marcum is now 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA in six career starts against the Pale Hose. The Sox played their consecutive doubleheader on June 28 against the Indians. In Game 1, the Sox lost 19-10, it was the first time the Sox lost a game despite scoring 10 or more runs since July 13, 2008 when they lost 12-11 to the Randers. Game 1 lasted nearly four hours, their longest 9-inning game this season. In Game 2, the Sox led 8-5 going to the ninth inning but Reed blew his second straight save by allowing four runs including game-winning solo home run by former Sox Nick Swisher and went on to lose 9-8. The Sox closed out the month by losing the final two games of the series by the final scores of 4-3 and 4-0. The Sox had the worst record in baseball for the month of June with a record of 8-19.
The Sox kicked off July by winning the series at home against the Orioles which began on July 2, including a walk-off win on Fourth of July by a home run by Adam Dunn, his ninth career. Ironically, the Sox had a walk-off win on Fourth of July in three straight years, last year was a single by Kevin Youkilis against the Rangers and the year before was a balk with Dunn at the plate against the Royals. After that series win, they headed to St. Pete where they get swept by Rays scoring only 4 runs during the three game sweep. The Sox then played the makeup game with the Cubs that got rained out on May 28. The Sox lost the game 8-2 to complete the Cubs 4-game sweep of the Sox. The Sox were outscored 32-8 during the Cubs Crosstown Classic sweep. In the first game of a three games series in Detroit, the Sox scored a season high eleven runs during an 11-4 victory over the Tigers. The Sox also had a season high 23 hits and Alex Ríos went 6 for 6 with a triple and five singles during the game. The six hits by Rios tied a franchise and American League record for most hits during a 9-inning game. The last White Sox player to have six hits in a 9-inning game was Lance Johnson on September 23, 1995 against the Twins. The Sox lost game two of the series vs. the Tigers but won the overall series due to a grand slam by rookie catcher Josh Phegley in the third and final game of the series. Phegley became the first Sox player with three home runs in his first five games since Magglio Ordóñez in 1997. The Sox then opened up a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia. Just before the series began, Matt Thornton and cash was traded to the Boston Red Sox for minor leaguer Brandon Jacobs. After the first games was postponed due the rain the Sox split a doubleheader with the Phillies with both games going into extra innings and each team winning by one run. The Sox lost the final games of the series once again in extra innings and lost by one run. The Sox were off from July 15–18 because of the All-Star break. Chris Sale and Jesse Crain were both All-Stars for the White Sox. Crain did not play in the All-Star game because of an injury and Sale was the winning pitcher in the game pitching two scoreless innings.
After the All-Star break, the Sox started a 10-game homestand starting with a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, their final series against the National League this season. The Sox lost the first game, 6-4 but won the final two games of the series, 10-6 and 3-1 respectively. The Sox played the Tigers for four games losing the first three but salvaging the series with a win in the fourth game over Justin Verlander. The Royals then came to Chicago where the Royals swept the Sox, first Royals sweep in Chicago since April 9–11, 1999. The Sox only scored three run during the three games series losing 5-1 in game 1, 1-0 in game 2 and 4-2 in twelve innings in game 3. The Sox traveled to Cleveland for a four-game series. Before the series against Cleveland, the Sox traded Jesse Crain to the Tampa Bay Rays for players to be named later and/or cash considerations. In game one, the Sox lost 3-2 due to a pinch-hit walk-off homer by 42-year-old veteran Jason Giambi. Giambi became the oldest player to hit a walk-off homer. Hank Aaron previously held the record set in 1976. The Sox went on to lose the second game of the series, 7-4. After that game, the Sox traded Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox in part of a three-way trade with the Tigers. The Sox acquired Avisail García from the Tigers and J.B. Wendelken, Francelis Montas and Cleuluis Rondon from the Red Sox. The Sox lost third of a four-game set against the Indians, 6-5 in 10 innings on July 31. It was their sixth straight loss and the White Sox closed out the month of July with a record of 8-18, the worst in baseball for the second straight month.
The Sox began the month with one more game against the Indians, who completed their four-game sweep of the Sox. The Sox would then get swept by Tigers to finish the road trip with a record of 0-7, their first win less road trip of at least seven games in franchise history. They have also lost 10 in a row, their longest since June 11–20, 1976. As a result, the team carried their worst record (40-69) after 109 games since 1970. The Sox then welcomed into town the New York Yankees for a three-game series. Before the first game of the series, it was announced that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was given a 211-game suspension for his part in the Biogenesis baseball scandal. Rodriguez appealed the suspension and therefore was activated from the disabled list before the game with the Sox. Rodriguez singled on his first plate appearance of the season and finished the game batting 1 for 4. The Sox beat the Yankees in game 1, 8-1 breaking their 10-game skid. The Sox won game 2 of the series, 3-2 and it was their first 2-game winning streak since July 20–21 when the Sox won two in a row against the Braves. The Sox finished off the series with a 6-5 victory in 12 innings and three-game series sweep of the Yankees. This was the final game at U.S. Cellular Field for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Rivera came into the game in the bottom of the 9th inning to try and close the game but the Sox scored sending the game into extras giving Rivera only his third blown save of the season and the first time since 2006 that Rivera had blown a save against the White Sox. The three-game sweep of the Yankees was the first since the Sox swept the Miami Marlins on May 24–26. The Sox then opened up a four games series with the Twins starting with a doubleheader. Before the doubleheader, Alex Ríos was claimed off waivers by the Rangers for Leury García. The Sox lost both games of the doubleheader by scores of 5-7 and 2-3 in 10 innings. They won the third game but lost the fourth game of the series. The Sox then took two of three at home against the division leading Tigers. The Sox traveled to Target Field for a four-game series with the Twins. After losing the first game of the series, the Sox won the next three. It was the first time the Sox won three straight road games since May 15–17 when the Sox defeated the Twins once and then two straight against the Angels. The closed out the road trip with three in Kansas City. The Sox won the first two games of the series by scores of 2-0 and 5-2. After the 5-2 win, the Sox had their longest win streak of the season, 5 games. The Sox finished of with a sweep of the Royals with a 4-3 victory in 12 innings and their 6th straight win. In that game, pitcher Jake Petricka made his MLB debut and also got his first major league victory and Conor Gillaspie hit the game-winning home run in the top of 12th. During the six game win streak, closer Addison Reed saved all six games. The last time a pitcher got a save in six straight games was in 2003 when Éric Gagné of the Los Angeles Dodgers accomplished the feat. The Sox returned home for a three-game series with the Rangers. After losing the first game 11-5, the Sox and Rangers played in the Civil Rights Game in game two which the Sox won 3-2 on a walk-off base hit by rookie catcher Josh Phegley. The Sox then won the rubber match with a 5-2 victory. During the Sox 5-2 victory over the Rangers, pitcher John Danks earned the victory and his younger brother, Jordan Danks, hit the go-ahead home run in the game. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time since June 5, 1955, that a player homered in support of his brother on the mound, when Kansas City Athletics catcher Billy Shantz homered for his brother Bobby Shantz. The Sox then took two of three against the Houston Astros at home. The Sox finished the month on a 10-game road trip on he east coast starting with three in Boston. The Sox lost their final two games of the month to the Red Sox. The first game they lost by a score of 3-4 to former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and lost the second game to Jake Peavy, who the Sox traded to Boston a month earlier, by a score of 2-7. Despite losing the final two games of the month, the Sox still finished with a winning record during the month with a record of 16-13. It was only their second winning record during a month and their first since May when they went 14-13.
The Sox started the month of September with the last game of a three-game series with the Red Sox. The Sox lost the game 7-6 and got swept by the Red Sox. The Sox then traveled to the Bronx for a three-game series where they were swept by the Yankees. The Sox finished off their 10-game road trip with four in Baltimore. The Sox lost the first three games of the series but won the last game to stop a 9-game losing streak and finished the road trip with a putrid record of 1-9. The Sox returned home to face the division leading Tigers. The Sox won the first game of the series with Chris Sale outdueling Max Scherzer and prevented Scherzer from reaching his 20th victory of the season. The Sox would go on to lose the final two games of the series. The Sox would then get swept in a four-game series at home against the Indians for the second time this season and third overall. The Sox becomes the first MLB team to get swept in four-game series by a same team three times in one season. The Sox closed out their home stand taking two of three from Minnesota. The Sox traveled to Detroit for a three-game series and lost two of three. In the second game of the series in Detroit, the Sox had a 6-0 lead going to the bottom of the ninth inning before giving up six runs that tied the game. They went on to lose in 12 innings. It was the first time in franchise history that Sox had a lead by six or more runs in the ninth inning or later and lost. They then returned home for one game, a makeup game with the Blue Jays. The Sox won that game 3-2, backed by the first major league home run by Marcus Semien. The Sox closed out their road schedule with a quick two game series in Cleveland. The Sox lost both games to finish with the franchise worst 26-55 road record, and finished with a record of 2-17 vs. the Indians this season; they extended their losing streak to 14 straight against the Indians, franchise record against one team. The Sox closed out the 2013 season with a four-game series at home against the Royals. The Sox lost three of four and finished with the third worst record during the 2013 season, with a record of 63-99. It was only the fifth time in White Sox history that they finished with 98 or more losses.
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
See also: Minor League Baseball