|DETROIT ( SCHERZER )|
CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )
|919||DETROIT||-130||Ov 8.5,-110||-125||Ov 8.5,-120|
|920||CLEVELAND||+120||Un 8.5,-110||+115||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-13||+1.8||20-13||5.2||0.282||0.346||3.8||0.238||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.6||4-3||4.9||0.259||0.331||5.7||0.295||0.343|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-10||+7.9||11-13||5.2||0.267||0.341||4.0||0.236||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||6-2||+4||3-4||5.0||0.252||0.329||4.0||0.247||0.308|
|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)||2-7||L||-130||9.5 ev||U||7||5||2||13||9||0|
|5/19/2013||FISTER(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||8-11||L||120||9 un||O||13||10||1||18||9||0|
|5/21/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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)||7-6||W||230||8 un||O||12||13||1||7||6||1|
|5/12/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-3||W||130||9 un||U||8||9||1||9||9||0|
|5/13/2013||MASTERSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||1-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||7||0||4||6||0|
|5/13/2013||BAUER(R)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||0-7||L||-120||8.5 un||U||5||8||2||11||7||0|
|5/14/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||2-6||L||-125||8.5 ov||U||7||8||1||10||8||0|
|5/15/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||10-4||W||150||8 ov||O||11||6||0||8||5||0|
|5/23/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|5/26/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|5/27/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Indians Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Detroit (23-19) at Cleveland (25-17), 7:05 p.m. EDT
After taking home baseball's first Triple Crown award in 45 years last season, Miguel Cabrera is off to an even better start in 2013.
Unfortunately for the Detroit Tigers, his eye-popping numbers haven't translated into many wins of late.
Cabrera and the visiting Tigers try to get back on track Tuesday night against the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians, who aim for a season high-tying sixth consecutive win.
Cabrera led the majors with 44 homers and 139 RBIs and hit an AL-best .330 last year, posting eight, 34 and a .304 average through his first 42 games. The reigning AL MVP is batting a major league-leading .387 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs for the Tigers (23-19) thus far in 2013.
"It's pretty hard to improve on a Triple Crown. He's the best hitter in the game," manager Jim Leyland told MLB's official website. "You can have some interesting conversations if you get into stats a lot. It doesn't make any difference. He's one of those special guys that don't come around often and he's been special for a long time."
Cabrera was especially locked in Sunday, going 4 for 4 with three homers, five RBIs and four runs in an 11-8 loss at Texas. He became the first player in major league history to post such numbers in a defeat.
"Of course you wouldn't have believed that, but unfortunately that's what happened," said teammate Prince Fielder, who added two hits and three RBIs. "You never think you're going to lose. You always feel confident you're going to win, but it just didn't work out."
Cabrera is also batting a major league-leading .509 with runners in scoring position, recording 40 RBIs in 55 at-bats.
Detroit, though, has dropped eight of 12. The Tigers have allowed opponents to hit .335 while losing four of their last five, yielding at least seven runs in each of those defeats.
The Indians (26-17), meanwhile, enter this two-game set having won 18 of 22, including their last five while averaging 7.4 runs. Yan Gomes hit a walkoff three-run homer Monday - his second long ball of the day - as Cleveland completed a four-game sweep of Seattle with a 10-8, 10-inning victory.
"You're supposed to play `til they send you home," said manager Terry Francona, whose club has won 13 of 15 at home. "It's a good feeling. Once you do it a few times I think that breeds some confidence. Whether it's picking each other up, it's getting contagious, and that's good."
The Indians will try to stay hot against Detroit's Max Scherzer (5-0, 3.98 ERA), who was tagged for five runs over seven innings during Wednesday's 7-5 loss to Houston. The right-hander could bounce back on the road, where he's compiled a 1.23 ERA - significantly lower than his home mark of 5.85.
Scherzer allowed four runs over eight innings in a 10-4 victory over Cleveland on May 10, improving to 5-1 - albeit with a 4.64 ERA - over his last seven starts in the series.
The Indians counter with Corey Kluber (3-2, 5.40). After giving up career highs of eight runs and 11 hits over 4 2-3 innings opposite Scherzer on May 10, Kluber bounced back Wednesday, allowing three runs and six hits over six frames in a 10-4 win at Philadelphia.
"I was more aggressive in the strike zone and I didn't fall behind too many guys," he said. "I didn't carry the last game into this one at all. It makes your job a lot easier when you get ahead of hitters."
Cabrera, 4 for 9 with a homer against Kluber, is batting .376 with 10 long balls and 30 RBIs over his last 26 games versus Cleveland.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 10:06:44 AM EST|