|DETROIT ( SANCHEZ )|
WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )
|973||DETROIT||-110||Ov 7,+100||-105||Ov 7,-105|
|974||WASHINGTON||+100||Un 7,-120||-105||Un 7,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-7||+6.3||15-8||5.6||0.290||0.356||3.5||0.230||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+3.8||3-4||7.0||0.302||0.366||2.6||0.192||0.244|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-12||-1.6||12-12||3.3||0.231||0.293||4.0||0.245||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||3-4||2.9||0.210||0.270||3.0||0.219||0.275|
|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||LYLES(R)||7-3||W||-155||9.5 un||O||15||13||1||6||4||1|
|5/3/2013||FISTER(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||4-3||W||-185||8 ov||U||6||6||1||9||9||0|
|5/4/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||17-2||W||-200||8 un||O||21||9||0||6||4||1|
|5/5/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ HOUSTON||HUMBER(R)||9-0||W||-290||8 un||O||13||8||1||4||6||0|
|5/8/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||FISTER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/24/2013||STRASBURG(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||2-4||L||-155||7 ev||U||7||6||1||9||5||0|
|4/29/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||2-3||L||-125||7 ov||U||10||6||0||7||6||0|
|4/30/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||1-8||L||105||7 ov||O||3||4||1||12||10||0|
|5/1/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||2-0||W||125||7 un||U||3||3||0||2||2||0|
|5/2/2013||HAREN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||3-1||W||140||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||5||5||1|
|5/3/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||1-3||L||120||7 ov||U||7||6||0||9||8||1|
|5/4/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||5-4||W||-140||7 ov||O||6||11||1||7||3||2|
|5/5/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||6-2||W||-110||7 un||O||11||7||1||6||7||0|
|5/10/2013||DETWILER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||STRASBURG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/13/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||HAREN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|WASHINGTON: HITTING: The Nats were among the eight worst teams in the majors in runs (3.88 per game), BA (.242), OBP (.309) and OPS (.691). Much of that had to do with the first two spots in the batting order hitting .285 OBP and .283 OBP respectively. OF ROGER BERNADINA (.301 OBP) and SS IAN DESMOND (.298 OBP) were the regular 1-2 hitters in the order. $126 million OF JAYSON WERTH was also to blame, batting .232 with a meager 58 RBI in 561 at-bats. 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN also missed two months with an abdominal problem and had a down year with 12 HR and 49 RBI in 101 games. But OF MIKE MORSE had a breakout season, leading the Nats in batting (.303), HR (31) and RBI (95). 1B ADAM LaROCHE suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in June, but should be fully healed. Washington is counting on a pair of talented 24-year-olds to contribute a little more in 2B DANNY ESPINOSA (.236 BA, 21 HR) and C WILSON RAMOS (15 HR in 389 AB). |
STARTING PITCHING: STEPHEN STRASBURG is back fully healed from Tommy John surgery, but will reportedly be limited to 160 innings in 2012. That's still enough time to strike out 150 batters and win a dozen games though. In sending four quality prospects to Oakland, the Nats paid a huge price for GIO GONZALEZ. They hope he can overcome his control issues and become an elite No. 2. Well-traveled EDWIN JACKSON was also brought in to help bolster the rotation. He joins his sixth different club since 2008, but Jackson is just 28 years old and was serviceable after being traded to St. Louis last year (5-2, 3.58 ERA). JORDAN ZIMMERMANN was in the same boat as Strasburg last year, coming off elbow surgery and limited to 161.1 innings. But in that time, he had a team-best 3.18 ERA and 4.0 K-to-BB ratio (124 K, 31 BB). JOHN LANNAN remains the top lefty in the Nats rotation with a team-high 10 wins in 2011. He dominated left-handed hitters last year (.211 BA, 55 K in 185 AB), but still needs to improve his weak 1.4 K-to-BB ratio (106 K, 76 BB).
RELIEF PITCHING: DREW STOREN had a phenomenal first year as a full-time closer, saving 43-of-48 games with a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74 K in 75.1 innings. His role will remain the same in 2012 once he returns from the 15-day DL (elbow) to start the season. Newcomer BRAD LIDGE was limited to 25 innings because of shoulder problems last year, but he appears to be the closer until Storen returns. The Nats have arguably the best set-up man in the game in TYLER CLIPPARD, who led the majors with 38 holds and posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.84 WHIP for the season. He held opponents to a .162 average and fanned 104 batters in 88.1 innings of work. Lefty SEAN BURNETT saw a huge decline in his numbers, as his ERA rose from 2.14 to 3.81 and his WHIP jumped from 1.14 to 1.32. This was mostly due to a diminishing strikeout rate (8.9 to 5.2 last year).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (DETROIT-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Nationals Preview* ==========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Detroit (19-11) at Washington (17-15), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Tigers are rolling after a four-game sweep, though they may face a stiffer challenge in their next series as they look to continue their winning ways.
The Tigers go for their fifth straight victory as they start a two-game set against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. The opener of the series was postponed Tuesday because of rain and will be made up Thursday.
Detroit swept woeful Houston to close last week to give it nine wins in 10 games, outscoring opponents 74-25 in that stretch. Justin Verlander didn't allow a hit into the seventh inning of a 9-0 victory Sunday and four Tigers homered.
Detroit (19-11) has batted .316 with 19 homers in the last 10 while posting a 2.27 ERA with 117 strikeouts in 95 innings.
"Any time you score a lot of runs, it is fun, and plus our pitching has been outstanding, so everything is working really well right now," said first baseman Prince Fielder, whose home run Sunday gave him a team-best eight to go with 32 RBIs.
The Tigers will send Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 1.82 ERA) to the mound to face a team he's baffled throughout his career. The right-hander went 8-0 with a 1.97 ERA in 19 starts against Washington while with the Marlins.
Sanchez followed up a 17-strikeout, eight-inning performance in his previous start by allowing three runs in six innings with nine strikeouts in a 6-2 loss to Minnesota last Wednesday.
"I think Sanchy was just too excited at the start," manager Jim Leyland said. "He was throwing too hard, and it hurt his command."
Sanchez will be opposed by Jordan Zimmermann (5-1, 1.64), who will look to lead the Nationals (17-15) to their fifth win in six games. The right-hander hasn't given up a run in 18 innings, allowing three hits and two walks in that span.
"He's obviously got everything working right now," catcher Kurt Suzuki told the team's official website after Zimmermann threw eight innings in a 2-0 victory over Atlanta last Wednesday. "He's pitching up in the zone, down in the zone, in and out, he's really mixing it up with his breaking balls, he's throwing breaking balls for strikes."
Outfielder Jayson Werth missed his third game in a row Sunday due to a strained right hamstring but expects to play Wednesday.
Werth is among several key Nationals who have had trouble against Sanchez. Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Werth are batting a combined .206 versus the pitcher.
Zimmermann could benefit from the Tigers' unfamiliarity with him. Only two Detroit position players have faced him, with second baseman Omar Infante going 3 for 14 as the Tigers player with the most at-bats versus Zimmermann.
The Nationals franchise has lost six straight in this series, its last win coming June 12, 2002, when the club was the Montreal Expos.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 3:28:40 AM EST|