|DETROIT ( SANCHEZ )|
MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )
|919||DETROIT||-145||Ov 8,-105||-145||Ov 8.5,-105|
|920||MINNESOTA||+135||Un 8,-115||+135||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-0||+1||0-1||4.0||0.257||0.316||2.0||0.200||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||1-0||+1||0-1||4.0||0.257||0.316||2.0||0.200||0.317|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-1||-1||0-1||2.0||0.200||0.317||4.0||0.257||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||0-1||-1||0-1||2.0||0.200||0.317||4.0||0.257||0.316|
|4/1/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||4-2||W||-170||7 un||U||9||8||1||7||12||1|
|4/3/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|4/4/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/4/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|DETROIT: HITTING: OF AUSTIN JACKSON doesn't make much contact, but manager Jim Leyland likes his speed in the leadoff spot. RYAN RABURN and RAMON SANTIAGO will split second base duties, with Raburn getting the majority of the starts. 3B MIGUEL CABRERA seems to have cleaned up his act. He's an MVP candidate. So is newcomer 1B PRINCE FIELDER who will try to keep slugging in his move to a pitchers' park. His presence was needed after DH VICTOR MARTINEZ was lost for the season with a knee injury. OF DELMON YOUNG is a pending free agent, and he hit well after escaping spacious Target Field. He'll nab the starting LF job but could also DH. OF BRENNAN BOESCH did enough pre-injury to earn an everyday role, but he'll again be in danger of fading over the summer. SS JHONNY PERALTA had a resurgence in 2011, and he's on the right side of 30. C ALEX AVILA might not hit for average, but his power is legit. Leyland favorite BRANDON INGE and DON KELLY will back up the All-Star corner infielders, so neither expect to get much playing time. Streaky OF ANDY DIRKS is a fourth outfielder. C GERALD LAIRD will spell Avila. |
STARTING PITCHING: You can't expect an identical stat line for JUSTIN VERLANDER; his opponent .236 batting average on balls in play suggests there was some luck involved in his MVP season. But he's still the best pitcher in the American League by a wide margin. DOUG FISTER's improved strikeout rate with the Tigers suggests he could sustain success as a quality No. 2 starter. MAX SCHERZER can still be outstanding when he's on, but he was inconsistent again last year. He could figure it out in his late-20s, but time is running out. RICK PORCELLO still has a ways to go. His mid-season success came against some weak lineups. He's still only 23, but he hasn't been able to beat hitters at any level in the pros. The Tigers are still searching for a No. 5 starter. Top prospect JACOB TURNER is only 20, but the Tigers haven't been shy about fast-tracking young arms. He was dominant in the minors, but torched in his first big-league stint. ANDY OLIVER appears to be the front-runner for this role, but DREW SMYLY is also a possibility.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOSE VALVERDE was perfect in 2011, but it was a surprising development considering his sliding K/BB ratio. For Tigers fans, he carries more risk than 49-for-49 would suggest. One of baseball's better set-up men, JOAQUIN BENOIT is an eighth-inning-only guy. He'd take over if Valverde got hurt. OCTAVIO DOTEL is another elite set-up man who will step up as the seventh-inning guy. As good as AL ALBURQUERQUE was in the regular season (one extra-base hit'a double'allowed in 43.1 innings!), he's out until at least the All-Star break after offseason elbow surgery. Lefty DANIEL SCHLERETH has a chance to be the closer of the future, but first he'll need to cut down on the walks.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Twins Preview* ======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Detroit (1-0) at Minnesota (0-1), 4:10 p.m. EDT
It's a new season, but the Detroit Tigers' dominance in Minneapolis continues.
The reigning AL champs will try to keep that going on Wednesday when Anibal Sanchez goes for his first victory at Target Field.
Back to work after getting swept by San Francisco in the World Series, the Tigers, behind ace Justin Verlander, opened the season on Monday with a 4-2 victory. Detroit's closer-by-committee approached worked for one night as Al Albuquerque, Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke combined to get the final eight outs while giving up just one total hit.
"That's what we're going to have to do, and today it worked out pretty good," manager Jim Leyland told the Tigers' official website.
It's worked out extremely well for Detroit at Target Field, where it has won 16 of 20 by a combined 117-81.
Sanchez, though, is 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA in two starts in Minneapolis, both coming in 2012 after the mid-season deal that brought him and Omar Infante from Miami.
The right-hander went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 12 regular-season starts after the deal, then went 1-2 with a 1.77 ERA three postseason starts. The Tigers were shut out in both of those defeats.
That strong playoff showing led to Sanchez signing a five-year, $80 million deal in December.
"It's definitely big for us to know Sanchez is coming back," catcher Alex Avila said.
Sanchez, though, had a rough spring, posting a 7.31 ERA in four games. In his second start back following his time with Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, the right-hander was tagged for nine earned runs and 11 hits in Thursday's 11-4 loss to Houston.
The Twins are hoping they can get to Sanchez like that after striking out 12 times and leaving 12 runners on base in the season opener.
"Our pitching kept us in there," third baseman Trevor Plouffe told the Twins' official website. "But it's all about getting those timely hits, and we didn't do that today. But I like where we're at."
It's uncertain where manager Ron Gardenhire will have catcher Joe Mauer in the lineup after he moved the three-time batting champ to the second spot on Monday. Mauer, the usual No. 3 hitter, went 2 for 4 with a double.
"I told Gardy that I don't have a problem wherever he puts me in the lineup, as long as I'm in the lineup," he said.
There's a good chance that will happen on Wednesday as Mauer is 4 for 5 off Sanchez.
The Twins will give the ball to veteran Kevin Correia for the first time. The right-hander, who signed a two-year deal in December, will make his AL debut after going 12-11 in each of the last two seasons with Pittsburgh.
More important from the Twins' perspective is that Correia has made 26 or more starts in each of the last four seasons. Minnesota had nine pitchers make 11 or more starts in 2012 when its rotation had the second-worst ERA in baseball at 5.40.
"When you start cracking his numbers, they're very respectable," general manager Terry Ryan said.
Prince Fielder is 5 for 25 with a homer lifetime against Correia, but reigning AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is 9 for 19 with two doubles and one homer.
Former Twin Torii Hunter was 2 for 5 with a double in his Tigers debut after going hitless in his previous 12 at-bats at Target Field.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 7:34:43 AM EST|