|TORONTO ( JOHNSON )|
DETROIT ( FISTER )
|905||TORONTO||+130||Ov 8.5,-110||+125||Ov 8,+105|
|906||DETROIT||-140||Un 8.5,-110||-135||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-3||-1.2||3-3||4.8||0.225||0.304||4.7||0.267||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.1||5-2||4.6||0.248||0.307||6.1||0.293||0.357|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-2||+1||4-2||5.2||0.310||0.370||3.8||0.218||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.3||5-1||4.7||0.302||0.364||5.1||0.252||0.326|
|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)||8-6||W||125||9 un||O||12||8||1||11||9||0|
|4/11/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|4/12/2013||HAPP(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|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|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||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||SCHERZER(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ 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 JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Toronto (2-5) at Detroit (4-3), 1:05 p.m. EDT
As much attention as the Toronto Blue Jays received for their offseason acquisitions, a rough patch for their top returning sluggers played a big part in the team's poor start.
Their last game may mark a key step in the right direction.
With No. 3 hitter Jose Bautista back at full strength, cleanup man Edwin Encarnacion looks to build off a slump-busting effort Thursday in Toronto's series finale with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Bautista missed three games with a twisted ankle before returning for Tuesday's series-opening 7-4 loss in Detroit. He failed to reach base while serving as the designated hitter, but he was back in his regular right field spot Wednesday.
While Bautista singled, walked and scored two runs, Encarnacion had two doubles, a walk and an RBI as the Blue Jays rallied from a five-run deficit to win 8-6. Encarnacion had gone 0 for 17 with seven strikeouts and no walks over the previous four games.
"I've been swinging at a lot of pitches out of the strike zone, and that's how I've been making outs by myself, swinging at bad pitches," Encarnacion told the team's official website before Wednesday's game. "So, right now I'm going to try to focus on a pitch in the strike zone."
His performance and that of the Blue Jays (3-5) was a good sign for a team which entered the day having scored an AL-low 25 runs. J.P. Arencibia had the go-ahead, three-run double in the seventh inning for Toronto, which tied a season high with 12 hits and drew five walks.
"It was nice to finally get a few hits and walks and guys grinding out at-bats," said Arencibia, hitting .360 with seven RBIs over the past six games.
If Encarnacion and Bautista get going, the Toronto offense could really take off considering leadoff man Jose Reyes is hitting .406 in a Blue Jays uniform.
Another Toronto newcomer, Josh Johnson (0-0, 4.50 ERA), will face the Tigers for the first time.
The right-hander had a shaky debut, giving up four runs - three earned - in six innings of a 6-4 victory over Boston on Friday. He allowed nine hits, walked two and hit a batter.
"I've got to be more efficient with pitches and get deeper into that game," said Johnson, who pitched past the sixth inning in 15 of 31 starts with Miami last year.
Like Johnson, scheduled Tigers starter Doug Fister (1-0, 5.40) wasn't efficient Friday, but he beat the Yankees by allowing three runs and six hits in five innings of an 8-3 win. The righty walked two, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.
He won his only start against the Jays last year, allowing a run in eight innings and striking out nine in a 4-1 victory July 29.
Detroit's bullpen, meanwhile, remains in disarray. Still with no true closer and two blown saves in four opportunities, Tigers relievers are 0-2 with a 6.66 ERA. Darin Downs, Brayan Villarreal and Octavio Dotel combined to allow four runs, four hits and five walks in three innings Wednesday.
"We've got to find out what guys can do," manager Jim Leyland told the team's official website. "That's as simple as it is. We'll see how it plays out."
The Tigers (4-4) continue to get production from their sluggers. Prince Fielder is 7 for 17 with nine RBIs over the past five games, Miguel Cabrera is 6 for 10 in this series to raise his average to .394 and they share the team lead with 10 RBIs.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 9:05:28 AM EST|