|MINNESOTA ( PELFREY )|
DETROIT ( SCHERZER )
|917||MINNESOTA||+200||Ov 8.5,-115||+205||Ov 8.5,-105|
|918||DETROIT||-220||Un 8.5,-105||-225||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-9||+2.5||6-11||3.8||0.236||0.311||3.6||0.273||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||2-4||4.3||0.246||0.298||3.1||0.270||0.307|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-7||+0.3||12-5||4.8||0.280||0.345||4.1||0.248||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||6-1||5.4||0.261||0.338||4.9||0.247||0.306|
|4/15/2013||CORREIA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||8-2||W||+120||8.5 un||O||12||8||1||9||6||1|
|4/16/2013||PELFREY(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||8-6||W||+125||9 un||O||15||11||1||10||6||0|
|4/20/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||2-1||W||160||8.5 un||U||8||15||0||6||7||1|
|4/21/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||5-3||W||135||8 ev||P||6||6||1||5||2||0|
|4/29/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/6/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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||8||11||0||11||10||1|
|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)||3-4||L||105||8 ev||U||10||13||3||7||10||0|
|4/24/2013||SCHERZER(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||7-5||W||-180||7.5 un||O||9||10||0||8||7||1|
|4/25/2013||VERLANDER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-8||L||-175||7 un||O||5||3||1||14||10||0|
|5/2/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||FISTER(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ HOUSTON||HUMBER(R)|| |
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|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 (MINNESOTA-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Tigers Preview* ======================
Minnesota (10-10) at Detroit (12-10), 7:08 p.m. EDT
Miguel Cabrera is surging for the Detroit Tigers while Joe Mauer is enduring a very rare drought without a hit for the Minnesota Twins.
These superstars will be in the spotlight Monday night when the Tigers look for a fourth straight victory in the opener of a three-game home set against the surprising Twins.
The red-hot Cabrera brings a 12-game hitting streak into this contest. The reigning AL MVP is hitting .420 with 15 RBIs during this run after he went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer on a 3-0 count in Sunday's 8-3 victory over Atlanta, as Detroit (13-10) completed a three-game sweep.
"You've got to make sure 'Skip' gives you the sign to swing. That's when you decide to swing or not swing," Cabrera said.
Cabrera hit .380 with six homers and 26 RBIs last season against Minnesota (11-10), and went 3 for 13 with four RBIs as Detroit lost two of three on the road against the Twins to open the season.
That's the only series so far between these AL Central division rivals, with Mauer going 4 for 13 in those contests.
Mauer, however, was 0 for 15 as the Twins split four games with Texas capped by Sunday's 5-0 victory. It's the first time he has gone four straight games without a hit since Aug. 15-19, 2007, and he's never gone five in a row without one.
The team-oriented catcher, however, was more concerned with the fact that the Twins have won seven of 10 entering this 10-game trip.
"We've been playing good baseball," Mauer told the Twins' official website. "Even the games we've lost, we've been right there losing a couple one-run games. Guys are fighting, and we're getting good pitching performances, so we'll try to keep doing that."
Mauer has to like his chances of ending his drought Monday since he is 8 for 20 against Tigers starter Max Scherzer (2-0, 4.13 ERA) while Cabrera is 3 for 11 against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (2-2, 7.94).
Scherzer is tied for the major league lead with the Rangers' Yu Darvish with 13.50 strikeouts per nine innings, and he's 9-1 with a 2.54 ERA in his last 18 starts - including three in the postseason.
The right-hander allowed a season-high five runs over five innings Wednesday to gain credit for a 7-5 victory over Kansas City.
He's 0-1 with a 7.25 ERA in four home starts versus the Twins. Scherzer will also have to be wary of Justin Morneau, who is 5 for 10 with three homers in their matchups.
Pelfrey would have a worse record if not for a run-support average of 8.47 - the highest among Twins starters. The right-hander gave up five runs over 4 2-3 innings Tuesday in an 8-5 loss to Miami.
He'll be concerned about facing Omar Infante, who is 15 for 30 against him and 12 for 25 over his last six games.
No player in the majors has more hits out of the No. 9 slot than Infante's 23.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:04:01 AM EST|