|MINNESOTA ( WORLEY )|
DETROIT ( VERLANDER )
|967||MINNESOTA||+230||Ov 7.5,-110||+225||Ov 7.5,-115|
|968||DETROIT||-255||Un 7.5,-110||-250||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-10||+1.5||6-12||3.7||0.233||0.305||3.6||0.271||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||4.0||0.245||0.279||3.3||0.277||0.316|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-7||+1.3||12-6||4.7||0.278||0.343||4.0||0.245||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||5-2||6.0||0.274||0.357||3.9||0.216||0.273|
|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)||3-4||L||215||8.5 ov||U||6||3||0||7||5||0|
|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||WORLEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||@ 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)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|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* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Minnesota (11-10) at Detroit (13-10), 7:05 p.m. EDT
A finger problem won't keep Justin Verlander from trying to help the Detroit Tigers record a season-high fifth straight victory.
The star right-hander doesn't seem too concerned about taking the mound Tuesday night when he tries to extend his recent dominance over the visiting Minnesota Twins.
Verlander (2-2, 1.95 ERA) allowed two runs and eight hits against Kansas City on Thursday, but left with a 3-2 lead after the seventh inning with what appeared to be a blister on his pitching thumb. Detroit's bullpen gave up the tying run in the eighth and five in the 10th of an 8-3 loss.
Verlander, meanwhile, doesn't think it will be an issue.
"It developed a little in my last start. Started getting a little bit worse after the fifth, and I started to notice it," Verlander said. "I didn't want to risk it becoming something that I might have to deal with in my next start and the start after that, and then it turns into a month. This way, it isn't an issue. That's why I got out of there."
The problem was later deemed a crack in the skin near his fingernail.
"He's dealt with it before," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand told the Tigers' official website. "Basically, it's a crack in the skin just like regular people working outside. Unfortunately, the location of it in the thumb area caused him to not be able to pitch coming out in the eighth inning."
Of more concern for Verlander and manager Jim Leyland might be the play of his teammates when their ace pitches. In addition to the bullpen's struggles in his last appearance, Detroit (14-10) has been shut out in two others.
Verlander has not needed much support while winning seven straight starts against the Twins (11-11) and has gone 8-0 with a 1.71 ERA in nine since a 2-0 loss to them at Comerica Park on April 27, 2010. He allowed four hits and struck out seven in five scoreless innings of a 4-2 season-opening win at Minnesota.
Twins star Joe Mauer is a lifetime .373 hitter with three homers against Verlander. However, he's gone hitless (0 for 19) in five straight games for first time during his stellar career after an 0-for-4 effort in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Tigers.
Prince Fielder hit a towering three-run homer in the sixth to help rally his team from down two runs in the series opener. Miguel Cabrera, who hit a three-run homer in Sunday's 8-3 win to complete a sweep of Atlanta, had his 12-game hitting streak snapped.
Fielder is 3 for 20 (.150) in his last six games but batting .343 (12 for 35) with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 10 games against the Twins at Comerica.
He's 2 for 6 with a double against scheduled Minnesota starter Vance Worley (0-3, 6.38), who allowed three runs in six innings of the opening-day loss to Verlander.
The right-hander gave up 14 runs in six innings over his next two starts but has yielded three in 12 frames of the last two. He allowed two runs in five innings of a 2-1 loss to Texas on Thursday.
"Worley's had a couple starts where he didn't look like he had a whole heck of a lot, but he made it through five innings just by battling," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Twins' official website.
Worley is 0-6 with a 6.56 ERA in 10 starts since he won at Washington on Aug. 1 while with Philadelphia.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 3:24:58 AM EST|