|DETROIT ( SCHERZER )|
OAKLAND ( COLON )
|973||DETROIT||-110||Ov 7.5,-105||-115||Ov 8,-105|
|974||OAKLAND||+100||Un 7.5,-115||+105||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-2||+2||5-2||6.0||0.328||0.392||3.4||0.226||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.8||6-0||6.0||0.333||0.402||4.9||0.266||0.327|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-2||+2.8||6-1||6.1||0.263||0.337||3.6||0.244||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.8||7-0||8.4||0.328||0.399||3.1||0.258||0.304|
|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||VERLANDER(R)||@ OAKLAND||ANDERSON(L)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/5/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||8-3||W||-135||8.5 ov||O||10||11||0||9||7||1|
|4/6/2013||COLON(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||6-3||W||-130||8 ov||O||11||6||0||8||4||1|
|4/7/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||9-3||W||-150||8 un||O||11||7||2||6||7||0|
|4/9/2013||PARKER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||9-5||W||130||7.5 un||O||12||6||2||13||13||0|
|4/10/2013||MILONE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||11-5||W||120||8.5 ev||O||16||13||1||14||13||2|
|4/11/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||8-1||W||135||8 un||O||16||11||0||5||4||1|
|4/14/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Athletics Preview* ==========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Detroit (5-4) at Oakland (8-2), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics are off to their best start in more than two decades, but to keep rolling they made need Bartolo Colon to solve his woes against the Detroit Tigers.
It's been almost a decade to the day since Colon last beat the Tigers, a string of 12 generally ugly performances he'll hope to snap as he tries to lead Oakland to a ninth straight win in Friday night's rematch of last year's division series.
After a perfect six-game road trip, Oakland is 8-2 for the first time since 1992 and a high-powered offense has led the way. After registering one run and six hits in their first two games, the A's have outscored opponents 65-24 and totaled 97 hits in their last eight.
Each member of the starting lineup recorded a hit and Seth Smith had a team-high four on Thursday as Oakland completed a three-game sweep of division rival Los Angeles with an 8-1 victory.
"It's always great to get off to a good start, but you have to maintain it because it's a long season," manager Bob Melvin said. "If this was in the middle of the season and we had a run like this and they had a poor period, I don't think it would be significant. Those guys will go on a stretch where they play real well."
Colon will try to keep his club's streak going by building on a winning season debut. The right-hander gave up three runs over six innings in Saturday's 6-3 victory over Houston, his first appearance since his 50-game drug suspension.
Colon, though, could have a challenge earning another win Friday. He's 0-7 with a 7.67 ERA in 12 games - 11 starts - against Detroit since last beating the Tigers on April 13, 2003, with the White Sox.
Colon was tagged for eight runs in just 2 1-3 innings in his only matchup in 2012, a 10-6 home loss May 10.
After dropping two of three in Minnesota to open the season, Detroit went 4-2 on its first homestand. The Tigers (5-4) had 16 hits in the finale of that stay, an 11-1 rout of Toronto on Thursday, and have totaled 42 over their last three games.
Torii Hunter drove in three runs while boosting his average to .405 on Thursday, and reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera registered his 11th RBI with his first triple in nearly three years.
"That's impressive," said Austin Jackson, the AL leader in triples in each of the last two seasons. "That's just another thing that makes you look up and say 'Wow, (Cabrera), he can do it all.'"
In the opener of a nine-game West Coast trip, the Tigers will send out Max Scherzer. The right-hander gave up one run and struck out seven in the first five innings of Saturday's season debut against the New York Yankees before running into trouble in the sixth.
Scherzer was charged with all three runs in that frame but got credit for an 8-4 victory. He'll try to earn another while denying Oakland its best start since 1990.
Scherzer was 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in three matchups with the A's last season, including Game 4 of the division series. Oakland won that one after taking advantage of Jose Valverde in a wild 9th inning, but lost 6-0 in Game 5.
This time, the A's will try to match their season-high nine-game win streak from Aug. 24-Sept. 2.
While Cabrera hit .388 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 12 games against the A's last season, Prince Fielder hit just .125.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 3:23:21 AM EST|