|CLEVELAND ( JIMENEZ )|
DETROIT ( VERLANDER )
|917||CLEVELAND||+195||Ov 7.5,+105||+210||Ov 7.5,-115|
|918||DETROIT||-215||Un 7.5,-125||-230||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-9||+1.5||9-9||5.2||0.274||0.339||4.2||0.237||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-3||4.9||0.253||0.291||3.6||0.234||0.308|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-9||+5||17-9||5.5||0.292||0.355||3.6||0.231||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||5-2||7.4||0.313||0.377||2.9||0.203||0.235|
|4/27/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-3||L||150||9 un||U||9||9||1||6||8||2|
|4/28/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||0-9||L||100||8.5 un||O||8||9||0||10||7||0|
|4/28/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SMITH(L)||10-3||W||125||9 un||O||14||7||0||8||6||3|
|4/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||9-0||W||140||9 ov||P||14||4||0||3||4||0|
|5/10/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||4-10||L||175||8.5 un||O||6||1||2||15||8||0|
|5/11/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|5/13/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|5/13/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|5/14/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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)||1-3||L||-115||7 un||U||7||9||1||8||4||1|
|5/9/2013||FISTER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||4-5||L||-120||7.5 ov||O||12||9||1||9||7||0|
|5/16/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings 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 (CLEVELAND-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Tigers Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Cleveland (18-14) at Detroit (19-13), 7:08 p.m. EDT
Justin Verlander has been the same old workhorse for the Detroit Tigers, but manager Jim Leyland is still being cautious not to overwork his ace.
The Cleveland Indians, meanwhile, are getting more consistency from Ubaldo Jimenez, who looks to win a third consecutive start Saturday night at Comerica Park.
Verlander (4-2, 1.55 ERA) is having another stellar season, ranking second in the AL in ERA while allowing two or fewer runs in six of his seven outings.
He took a no-hitter into the seventh before allowing a pair of singles in a 9-0 win over Houston on Sunday, exiting after that inning with nine strikeouts and 116 pitches.
Though Verlander has led the majors in pitches per start in each of the last four years and his 109.3 average this season is second to the Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Wilson (110.3), Leyland didn't plan to push him much longer even if the no-hitter remained intact.
The right-hander has thrown at least 111 pitches five times - including a season-high 126 against Seattle on April 18 - despite not pitching more than 7 1-3 innings in any outing.
"I would have done what I felt was the best thing to do for Justin Verlander's career and the Detroit Tigers," Leyland said. "I would have been caught up in a no-hitter like everyone else and there's nothing wrong with that. But you can't do a silly thing."
Verlander has hit triple digits in pitches in 10 straight starts versus Cleveland, going 6-3 with a 3.04 ERA and two complete games in that span. He's 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his last five home starts against the Indians (18-15), who lost for the second time in 12 games after falling 10-4 on Friday.
Prince Fielder hit a 460-foot solo homer in the third and Miguel Cabrera, leading the majors with 40 RBIs, hit a long three-run shot in the fourth for the Tigers (20-13), who have won six of seven at home.
"When you get RBIs, that means people are on base, obviously," Leyland said. "We've done a good job of that for (Cabrera), and he's taken advantage of that."
Cabrera is 12 for 35 (.343) with a homer and three doubles off Jimenez, who will look to win three straight starts for the first time since July 2011.
Jimenez (2-2, 6.37) had a solid performance in his first outing April 3, but he allowed 18 runs over 11 innings while going 0-2 in his following three starts.
The right-hander has been solid over his last two outings, though, giving up three hits in seven innings of a 9-0 win over Kansas City on April 29 before striking out eight in 5 2-3 innings of Monday's 7-3 victory over Oakland.
"It feels good," Jimenez told the Indians' official website. "It feels good to be able to go out there and compete and give your team a chance to win."
Jimenez's history at Comerica Park isn't all that encouraging, though, as he's gone 1-6 with a 7.45 ERA in seven starts. Cleveland is 8-29 in its last 37 contests in Detroit.
Nick Swisher went 3 for 4 on Friday and is batting .389 with two homers during a five-game hitting streak, but he's 11 for 61 (.180) with 23 strikeouts against Verlander, including the postseason.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:20:13 PM EST|