|DETROIT ( FISTER )|
LA ANGELS ( WILSON )
|927||DETROIT||+105||Ov 8,-110||+105||Ov 8,-110|
|928||LA ANGELS||-115||Un 8,-110||-115||Un 8,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-2||-2.3||2-0||4.3||0.269||0.336||6.0||0.291||0.371|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||5-2||3.7||0.238||0.304||3.9||0.261||0.314|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-8||-5.5||10-3||4.2||0.284||0.331||4.8||0.256||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.6||5-2||5.0||0.316||0.349||3.9||0.265||0.346|
|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)||0-10||L||100||9 ov||O||4||5||0||14||4||0|
|4/21/2013||FISTER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|4/23/2013||SCHERZER(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||VERLANDER(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Detroit (9-7) at Los Angeles (5-10), 3:35 p.m. EDT
If the Los Angeles Angels are to complete another home sweep of the Detroit Tigers, they'll likely need to be the first opponent this season to get the best of Doug Fister.
The Angels attempt to do both while trying for a sixth consecutive home victory over the Tigers on Sunday.
Mike Trout's first career grand slam highlighted a nine-run first inning and Garrett Richards allowed two hits over seven in Los Angeles' 10-0 win over Detroit (9-8) on Saturday.
"It's always good to help your starter out like that. Then they can pound the strike zone and not have to worry too much," Trout said. "We're looking better, stating positive, grinding it out and having great at-bats."
The Angels (6-10) have not won more than two in a row this season, but have outscored the Tigers 18-1 in the first two of this set and 30-6 during a five-game series winning streak in Anaheim.
Trout is 11 for 25 (.440) with two homers and 10 RBIs in six games, and batting .300 (6 for 20) with three home runs and eight RBIs in five career home contests against the Tigers.
Teammate Peter Bourjos is 6 for 8 with four RBIs in the series. He's 3 for 6 with a double against Fister (3-0, 2.70 ERA), who allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings Tuesday of a 6-2 win against his former team in Seattle.
"I look at it as I have a job to do, no matter what team it is," Fister told the Tigers' official website. "That's the focus."
Fister was winless in his previous five starts against the Angels before he allowed a solo homer to Albert Pujols and one other hit while striking out 10 in eight innings of a 7-2 home win July 18.
The Angels counter with C.J. Wilson (1-0, 4.00), who followed a pair of mediocre starts by overcoming four walks to allow a run in six innings of a 4-1 win over Houston last Sunday for his first victory.
"Just happy to go out there and shut the other team down," Wilson told the Angels' official website. "I had a couple innings there with some guys on base, some of that's my fault for getting behind in the count, some of that is circumstance, but I felt like I made some pretty big pitches (last Sunday)."
The left-hander posted a 4.61 ERA while splitting his two starts against the Tigers last season in his first with the Angels. He gave up a run and four hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 6-1 home win Sept. 8.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera is batting .308 (4 for 13) with two doubles against Wilson.
He had one of the four hits Saturday for the Tigers, who have scored one run during a three-game skid that followed a 4-1 start to their nine-game trip.
"We played the game all right, we just got ambushed," Tigers manager Jim Leyland told MLB's official website.
Ex-Angel Torii Hunter went 2 for 4 in the series opener, but his 12-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 effort Saturday. He's still batting .400 on the season.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 4:57:57 PM EST|