|DETROIT ( PORCELLO )|
LA ANGELS ( RICHARDS )
|971||DETROIT||+100||Ov 9,-105||+100||Ov 9,-110|
|972||LA ANGELS||-110||Un 9,-115||-110||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-5||+1||8-5||4.9||0.289||0.351||3.2||0.230||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||4-3||4.1||0.254||0.316||3.0||0.231||0.288|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-8||-6.5||9-3||3.7||0.274||0.322||5.2||0.265||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3||5-2||3.7||0.283||0.316||5.0||0.303||0.386|
|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)||3-4||L||-115||7.5 ev||U||12||7||1||8||6||0|
|4/13/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ OAKLAND||ANDERSON(L)||7-3||W||-130||7 un||O||10||6||0||7||10||0|
|4/14/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||10-1||W||-130||8 ov||O||14||11||0||3||6||1|
|4/16/2013||FISTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||6-2||W||-160||7.5 un||O||12||10||0||4||3||0|
|4/17/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-1||W||-115||6.5 ev||U||7||11||0||11||10||2|
|4/18/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||0-2||L||-160||6.5 un||U||5||5||0||9||6||0|
|4/19/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||1-8||L||-120||8.5 un||O||10||12||1||16||8||0|
|4/20/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||FISTER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|4/23/2013||SCHERZER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||VERLANDER(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/6/2013||HANSON(R)||@ TEXAS||HARRISON(L)||8-4||W||120||10 un||O||12||9||0||9||5||1|
|4/7/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||3-7||L||125||8 ov||O||10||10||0||8||5||0|
|4/15/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||2-8||L||-130||8.5 un||O||9||6||1||12||8||1|
|4/16/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||6-8||L||-135||9 un||O||10||6||0||15||11||1|
|4/25/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||WILSON(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Angels Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Detroit (9-7) at Los Angeles (5-10), 3:05 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Angels are playing much better at home, and Albert Pujols is playing a key role.
The venue hasn't mattered when the nine-time All-Star faces the Detroit Tigers.
Pujols looks to continue pounding Tigers pitching in order to help the Angels win their fourth straight at home on Saturday.
Los Angeles (5-10) has been one of the early disappointments of the season, but it's trying to begin reversing its sluggish start on this six-game homestand.
The Angels began that stretch with an 8-1 victory over Detroit, winning a fourth straight at home versus the Tigers.
"I don't feel like anyone has panicked in this clubhouse," said Tommy Hanson, who tossed six scoreless innings Friday. "We know we're a good team, and we're going to play well. I feel like we just need to get rolling, and I don't think anybody is second-guessing our team in this clubhouse."
They're starting to string together some success at home, winning three in a row while scoring 17 runs after mustering 11 while dropping the first four.
Pujols is providing some pop with a .407 average at home compared to .214 on the road. He went 3 for 5 with two RBIs in the opener of this three-game series, giving him a career .458 average in 21 regular-season meetings with Detroit.
Mike Trout is 9 for 20 with four doubles, one homer and six RBIs over the past five games after getting a double and two RBIs on Friday.
The reigning AL Rookie of the Year is 4 for 15 with four RBIs in four home meetings versus Detroit, but two of those hits are doubles while the other two are homers.
Garrett Richards (0-0, 4.22 ERA) is scheduled to get another turn in the rotation with Jered Weaver on the disabled list.
Richards yielded four runs in 6 1-3 innings last Saturday before the Angels rallied with four in the last two frames to pull out a 5-4 win over Houston.
He's 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five games against the Tigers, winning his only start by allowing three hits in seven innings of a 13-0 away victory on July 17.
Torii Hunter, who leads Detroit with a .418 average, has put together a 12-game hitting streak after going 2 for 4 with a double Friday in his return to Anaheim. He's batting .453 over that stretch.
Rick Porcello (0-1, 5.11) is expected to return to the rotation after making his most recent appearance out of the bullpen. The right-hander capped Sunday's 10-1 victory at Oakland by tossing two perfect innings.
Porcello wasn't nearly that effective in his latest start April 10, when he surrendered four runs and eight hits in five innings of an 8-6 loss to Toronto.
He's 3-2 with a 5.80 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels, losing 6-5 in his only appearance in Los Angeles on April 20, 2010. He was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:10:53 AM EST|