|TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )|
DETROIT ( PORCELLO )
|965||TORONTO||+115||Ov 9,+100||+120||Ov 9,-110|
|966||DETROIT||-125||Un 9,-120||-130||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-3||-2.4||2-3||4.2||0.205||0.283||4.4||0.262||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.1||4-3||3.6||0.224||0.284||5.9||0.283||0.352|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-2||0-0||0.0||0.229||0.289||7.0||0.342||0.390|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1||4-2||4.4||0.298||0.358||4.3||0.238||0.317|
|4/9/2013||MORROW(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||3-7||L||110||8 ev||O||8||6||1||15||12||0|
|4/10/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|4/11/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/1/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||4-2||W||-170||7 un||U||9||8||0||8||12||1|
|4/3/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||2-3||L||-155||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||8||0|
|4/4/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||2-8||L||-145||8.5 un||O||8||10||0||10||6||2|
|4/5/2013||FISTER(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||8-3||W||-180||8 ov||O||9||5||0||6||6||0|
|4/6/2013||SCHERZER(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||8-4||W||-185||8 un||O||17||11||0||6||6||2|
|4/7/2013||VERLANDER(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||0-7||L||-195||7 ov||P||8||11||0||13||8||0|
|4/12/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Tigers Preview* ==========================
By DAN BURCH STATS Writer
Toronto (2-4) at Detroit (3-3), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Their worst start in nine years wasn't exactly what the Toronto Blue Jays hoped for when they overhauled their roster in the offseason.
One of those new acquisitions will try to help the Blue Jays turn things around when they continue a three-game road series against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Mark Buehrle takes the mound for his second start with Toronto, which at 2-5 is off to its worst start since 2004, when the Blue Jays opened 2-6 en route to a 67-94 record - their worst since 1995.
Buehrle (0-0, 10.13 ERA) is one of several players Toronto acquired to bolster its chances of making the playoffs, but he struggled in his Blue Jays debut. The left-hander gave up six runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings as Toronto beat Cleveland 10-8 on Thursday.
That victory was one of the few highlights for the Blue Jays, who lost 7-4 to the Tigers (4-3) in the series opener Tuesday.
"It's only seven games, but in August or September we're playing like this, it's kind of hard to believe," said shortstop Jose Reyes, acquired along with Buehrle from Miami. "We're not relaxing at all. We're disappointed in the way we've played."
Toronto has had problems in all aspects of the game. The team is batting .223 while allowing 5.67 runs per game, the highest total in the AL.
"It's still early. But if you're going to win at this level, you've got to play good baseball," manager John Gibbons said.
Perhaps Buehrle can help the Blue Jays get on track. He is quite familiar with the Tigers from his days with the White Sox, going 18-10 with a 3.36 ERA in 33 starts.
He'll likely need to continue his mastery of Miguel Cabrera to keep the Tigers at bay. Cabrera is batting .231 with no home runs in 26 at-bats against Buehrle.
However, Cabrera is off to another hot start. He hit his first home run and had four hits and three RBIs on Tuesday. Cabrera is batting .393 and already has 10 RBIs coming off his Triple Crown performance last year.
"He's the best right-handed hitter I've ever seen," said Tigers newcomer Torii Hunter, who got his 2,000th career hit in the victory. "I've only been here 15-16 years in the major leagues, but I tell you, this guy's probably one of the best right-handed hitters I've ever seen. (Albert) Pujols is pretty good, saw him the last decade or so, but Cabrera is the best hitter I've ever seen."
Cabrera's home run, the ninth of his career against Toronto, was an opposite-field shot.
"I've been on record pretty much for the last five years. To me, he's pretty much the best opposite-field home run hitter probably in the history of the game," manager Jim Leyland said.
Detroit, which has won three of four, sends Rick Porcello (0-1, 5.06) to the mound. He allowed three runs and six hits over 5 1-3 innings of an 8-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.
The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts against the Blue Jays. He allowed five runs and six hits over six innings in an 8-3 loss at Toronto on July 27.
The Tigers have won five straight overall in this series, and the Blue Jays have also dropped five in a row in Detroit.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 6:36:24 PM EST|