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Sheffield seeks breakthrough win as M's host White Sox

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Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners

  1. Kyle Lewis has homered in each of his first three MLB games, joining Trevor Story as the only players in MLB history to homer in each of their first three career games (Story did so in his first four).
  2. Jose Abreu has recorded 406 extra-base hits over his six-year MLB career. There are only four American League players all-time with more XBH than Abreu through their first six MLB seasons: Joe DiMaggio (481), Ted Williams (478), Earl Averill (446) and Al Simmons (412) -- all four are Hall-of-Famers.
  3. At 64-82, the White Sox have secured their eighth season below .500 this decade (since 2010), most in the AL. This is also the seventh consecutive season in which the White Sox will having a losing record, tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history -- the team record is nine straight from 1927-35.
  4. Yusei Kikuchi has allowed 34 home runs this season, the most allowed in a season by any rookie all-time. The previous rookie record was held by Jerry Garvin, who allowed 33 HR for the 1977 Blue Jays.
  5. Dylan Covey has made 24 road starts in his career, and the White Sox are 3-21 in those games. Covey is one of five pitchers in the live-ball era, along with Preston Hanna, Bob Miller, Lou Knerr and Curt Fullerton, to have a 3-21 team record or worse through 24 career road starts.
  6. This is the 18th consecutive season in which Seattle will miss the playoffs, the longest active streak in the majors. Chicago hasn't made the playoffs since 2008, and its streak of 11 straight seasons missing the postseason (includes 2019) is the fourth longest in baseball, and second longest in the AL behind Seattle.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

Justus Sheffield seems to get increasingly closer to his first major league victory with every start.

The Seattle Mariners' rookie left-hander is 0-1 through four starts this season, but has allowed just one run in 11 innings over his past two starts entering Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Chicago White Sox at T-Mobile Park.

"The confidence is growing," Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters of Sheffield. "You can see him making pitches and slowing things down when he needs to. I just think he's under control.

"He put a lot of pressure on himself, certainly, when he was here early (for one game in April), and in Triple-A. He's relaxed (now). He's getting back to doing what he's doing, and trusts his ability at this level. And, it's great he's getting the results right now, too."

On Sept. 2, Sheffield (0-1, 4.43 ERA) pitched five scoreless innings at Wrigley Field in a game the Mariners eventually lost to the Chicago Cubs 5-1. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out seven.

Last Tuesday at home against Cincinnati, Sheffield allowed one run on seven hits in six innings, with three walks and four strikeouts. He was aided by four double plays.

"I feel good," said Sheffield, who was the centerpiece in the offseason trade that sent lefty James Paxton to the New York Yankees. "I've just got to keep working, keep building off every start. That's what I'm looking forward to doing."

He'll take on a White Sox lineup that features baseball's leading hitter in Tim Anderson (.333) and the American League's leading RBI producer in Jose Abreu (116).

Sheffield has a fastball that averages around 93 mph and an effective slider.

"The movement on his fastball is very unique," Servais said. "It's very late. Sometimes it's darting down, sometimes it's cutting in on the right-handers. It's got late life to it. And then the slider off of those really plays."

And Sheffield is also working to use his changeup more frequently.

"When you're still developing guys at this level, you've got to throw all of your pitches," Servais said. "Certainly his go-to pitches will be his fastball and his slider, and it's probably going to be that for the majority of his career. But, to get through that lineup a third time, you've got to have that third pitch."

The Mariners won 2-1 in 10 innings Saturday as Omar Narvaez hit a solo homer in the 10th inning off Alex Colome, the player he was traded for in the offseason.

The White Sox plan to counter Sheffield with right-hander Ivan Nova (10-12, 4.69) in the series finale. Nova is 0-1 with a 6.87 ERA in four career starts against the Mariners. That loss came April 7 in Chicago, when he allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings of a 12-5 decision.

Nova snapped a three-game skid Tuesday in a 7-3 victory against Kansas City, giving up three runs on six hits in 5 2/ 3 innings, with no walks and five strikeouts. The three runs came on solo homers in the opening two innings.

"He did a great job to battle through that," White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing told reporters. "He was missing a lot arm side early, and then getting back on the plate and missing over the plate early. And (acting pitching coach Curt Hasler) came to him, went to talk to him and figured out something mechanically in his delivery, and after that he was able to be his old Nova, getting ground balls and being able to get through it."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 15, 2019

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