White Sox’ Todd Frazier eyes 40-100 club
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The White Sox have some individual goals they’d like to achieve as they play out the season. Jose Abreu is six homers shy of reaching 30 for the third straight year and five RBI below 100.
For Todd Frazier, who belted his 37th homer and collected his 92nd and 93rd RBI, both career highs, a 40-100 finish would be nice.
“It would be real nice,’’ Frazier said after connecting on a 400-plus foot shot against left-hander Danny Duffy Sunday. “You always have to round those numbers up.’’
The Sox’ 10-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals dropped them to 72-77 with 13 to play.
“There are a lot of opportunities [to score runs] and the more the guys get on base the better the opportunities are for me,’’ said Frazier, who is producing runs despite a career low .219 batting average. “Of course, you want to win the game, but you try to help as much as you can and let those numbers keep going.’’
“It can only help me out.’’
Including during the salary arbitration process, which Frazier, unless he signs a contract extension, will likely go through this off-season. He will be a free agent after 2017.
Beck sees small margin for error
Chris Beck had been used in more high leverage situations than his two innings in the fifth and six against the Royals, in relief of Jose Quintana with the Sox trailing 6-2.
Nine of the rookie right-hander’s last 11 appearances have been scoreless, but his three earned runs allowed in each of the other two cost the Sox victories against the Royals (at home Sept. 10) and Tigers (Sept. 5).
“Just literally one pitch, and that just shows how tough this game is,’’ said Beck, who got burned by a two-run double by Whit Merrifield on Sept. 5 protecting a lead for James Shields and a three-run homer to Justin Upton on the 10th in extra innings. “Had Upton in a good count and missed a pitch. And that’s how fine the line is between winning big games or losing them.’’
Beck, a 26-year-old 2012 second-round draft pick who pitched to a 4.21 ERA in 22 games (seven starts) at AAA Charlotte this season, was talking about the difference between the majors and minors. He was one pitch away from recording two scoreless innings Sunday but gave up a two-run homer to Kendrys Morales in the sixth that widened the Royals lead to 8-2.
“I haven’t got the job done every time but the fact is I’m getting opportunities and that makes me excited,’’ Beck said. “To be able to fail or succeed in situations, that’s part of it.’’
Beck’s ERA climbed to 6.97.
Beck has bounced back from an ulnar nerve transposition surgical procedure, an alternative to reconstructive elbow surgery and one the Mets’ Jacob deGrom appears headed toward.
This and that
Tyler Saladino (left calf) might return Monday after missing two starts, Ventura said.
*Although Jose Quintana was thwarted Sunday, the White Sox are second in the American League in quality starts with 88, one behind the Blue Jays. The Red Sox were third with 80.
*Probables for the 2-game interleague set in Philadelphia: Tuesday, James Shields vs. Jake Thompson; Wednesday, Chris Sale vs. Jerad Elckhoff.