|DETROIT ( SANCHEZ )|
TEXAS ( GRIMM )
|975||DETROIT||-135||Ov 9.5,-120||-125||Ov 9.5,-105|
|976||TEXAS||+125||Un 9.5,+100||+115||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-12||+3.1||20-12||5.3||0.284||0.349||3.7||0.234||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-5.4||4-3||4.7||0.243||0.320||4.7||0.248||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-10||+3.7||10-14||4.6||0.260||0.311||3.7||0.245||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||4-3||6.3||0.281||0.332||4.6||0.226||0.296|
|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)||4-10||L||105||7.5 un||O||7||5||1||10||3||0|
|5/17/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||2-1||W||115||10.5 un||U||6||10||1||8||8||1|
|5/18/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||FISTER(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|5/21/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|5/6/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||2-9||L||-120||7.5 un||O||5||5||2||11||9||2|
|5/7/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||3-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||7||5||0||9||5||1|
|5/8/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||4-1||W||105||8 un||U||12||10||0||12||8||1|
|5/10/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||4-2||W||-210||9 ev||U||9||7||1||5||8||0|
|5/11/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||8-7||W||-270||8 ov||O||11||5||2||7||4||0|
|5/12/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||12-7||W||-140||9 un||O||17||8||1||9||5||1|
|5/13/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||1-5||L||110||8 un||U||7||3||0||8||6||0|
|5/14/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||6-5||W||-115||7.5 un||O||10||7||0||11||11||2|
|5/15/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||6-2||W||105||8.5 un||U||7||7||0||5||7||1|
|5/24/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ 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.
|TEXAS: HITTING: 2B IAN KINSLER will lead off again. A few less at-'em balls and he's an MVP candidate. SS ELVIS ANDRUS is coming along offensively, but his poor SB% could lead to fewer attempts. Injuries are the only thing that will keep OF JOSH HAMILTON out of the MVP discussion. He'll likely start declining at age 35, but DH MICHAEL YOUNG can't help but put up numbers batting cleanup in this lineup. 3B ADRIAN BELTRE was unstoppable in Arlington. Like Hamilton, he's an MVP candidate if healthy. Injuries are piling up for OF NELSON CRUZ, who still has monster power but doesn't run as much anymore. C MIKE NAPOLI is MLB's best offensive catcher and will play some 1B on 'off' days. Because their lineup is stacked, Texas can play defensive-minded/offensively limited 1B MITCH MORELAND. And because Ron Washington would prefer to play Hamilton in left, speedy CF CRAIG GENTRY looks to have the edge over DAVID MURPHY for the starting job in center. Cuban import LEONYS MARTIN will start the season in Triple-A, but JULIO BORBON could earn a significant OF role. |
STARTING PITCHING: COLBY LEWIS can overpower when he's on, but as a flyball pitcher in cozy Arlington he's going to have a handful of ugly days. The much-ballyhooed YU DARVISH brings a deep arsenal of pitches and a durable frame from Japan. He's probably the best Japanese arm to ever cross the Pacific. Lefty MATT HARRISON solidified his rotation spot. He has topped out as a respectable No. 3-type starter. DEREK HOLLAND has top-of-the-rotation upside. Consistency has been an issue, but hopefully another year and some big postseason moments helped to cure that. The big story is NEFTALI FELIZ moving to the rotation. He was considered a future ace in the minors, but the transition might not be easy. His K/BB ratio plummeted last year and his flyball tendencies could spell disaster in Arlington. Keep in mind the Rangers made a successful closer-to-ace switch with C.J. Wilson. Top prospect MARTIN PEREZ could be an option in the second half.
RELIEF PITCHING: Veteran JOE NATHAN was brought in and handed the closer's job. He struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but most pitchers who've had the procedure don't come all the way back until their second full season. If Nathan falters, MIKE ADAMS could be next in line. He had no trouble transitioning from pitcher-friendly San Diego in the National League to hitter-friendly Arlington and the A.L.'s superior bats. KOJI UEHARA would also be in the closer discussion if Nathan falters, but he was unhappy about being traded from Baltimore and faltered for the Rangers late last year. ALEXI OGANDO got a huge boost from his defense and his bullpen before a late-season collapse. He threw by far a career-high in innings; better stamina would allow him to take the next step and possibly rejoin the rotation.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Rangers Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Detroit (22-17) at Texas (27-14), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Miguel Cabrera is the first AL Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and the Texas Rangers know first-hand about his dominance.
Cabrera looks to lead the Detroit Tigers to a second straight victory over the Rangers on Saturday night.
Cabrera led the league with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs last year, making him the AL's first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
The reigning league MVP and seven-time All-Star is already making a case for another run at that rare feat. He's first in the majors with a .376 average - .509 with runners in scoring position - and 42 RBIs, while his eight homers rank among the AL leaders.
That offensive dominance is regularly on dis the Rangers (27-15). He's hit .378 with 12 homers and 62 RBIs in 60 career meetings - including playoffs - and he has a .411 average while knocking in 14 runs over his last 15 games in Arlington.
Cabrera is at it again, collecting four hits with two doubles in the first two of this four-game series. One of his three hits Friday was the go-ahead double in the sixth inning of a 2-1 win after Detroit (23-17) fell 10-4 in the opener.
Despite the slugger's staggering production, the Tigers have dropped nine of 12 in Texas, including all three while losing the 2011 ALCS in six games.
Scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez (4-3, 2.05 ERA) will face the Rangers for the first time since July 1, 2011, while with Florida. He's 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA in two career starts versus Texas.
The right-hander, though, has compiled a 2.33 ERA while fanning 42 in 27 innings over his last four starts, splitting four decisions during that span.
He yielded two runs with eight strikeouts in seven innings of Monday's 7-2 win over Houston.
The Rangers, winners of seven of nine, hope to have Ian Kinsler back in the lineup after he suffered bruised ribs when he was hit by a pitch from Justin Verlander on Thursday.
The second baseman is a .361 hitter at home against the Tigers.
Justin Grimm (2-3, 4.28) counters for Texas looking to avoid a fourth consecutive losing start.
He's been roughed up to the tune of a 7.02 ERA during his skid, allowing four homers and nine walks in 16 2-3 innings. Grimm had won his two previous starts, posting a 0.69 ERA.
The rookie right-hander was hit hard in five-plus innings Monday, surrendering five runs and seven hits, including a season-high two homers, in a 5-1 loss at Oakland.
"I think he has been very competitive," manager Ron Washington told the team's official website. "He just has to make certain he gets his pitches down in the zone. He's got a couple balls up lately and they've left the ballpark.
"When he takes the mound, I feel good. He's a young guy and he's facing quality hitters he hasn't seen before."
Grimm has seen the Tigers, and it ended quickly. He was battered for six runs and eight hits before being lifted with no outs in the second inning of an 8-2 home defeat June 25.
Cabrera went 2 for 2 with a double off him.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland needs one win to become the 15th manager to reach 1,700.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:59:56 PM EST|