|MINNESOTA ( PELFREY )|
DETROIT ( SCHERZER )
|967||MINNESOTA||+210||Ov 9,-120||+225||Ov 9,+105|
|968||DETROIT||-230||Un 9,+100||-250||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-23||-0.6||15-23||4.1||0.239||0.306||4.5||0.292||0.341|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4||3-4||2.6||0.217||0.254||5.4||0.304||0.356|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-14||+2.6||21-16||5.3||0.285||0.347||3.7||0.234||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.5||3-4||5.9||0.314||0.366||5.0||0.285||0.329|
|5/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||10-3||W||+100||8 ov||O||12||7||0||10||7||1|
|5/14/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||2-4||L||+105||8.5 ov||U||6||3||0||12||6||1|
|5/15/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||4-9||L||-135||9 un||O||11||9||0||14||9||0|
|5/20/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||1-5||L||140||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||9||5||0|
|5/21/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||4-5||L||185||8.5 ov||O||10||9||0||10||6||0|
|5/22/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||3-8||L||170||7.5 un||O||9||9||0||10||8||1|
|5/23/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||6-7||L||150||9 un||O||12||7||0||15||11||1|
|5/24/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||0-6||L||185||8.5 un||U||1||4||0||11||8||0|
|5/25/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-2||W||205||9 un||U||9||7||0||9||7||1|
|5/26/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||WALTERS(R)||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|6/1/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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)||5-1||W||-135||9 un||U||11||9||0||3||4||0|
|5/22/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||11-7||W||-150||8 ov||O||14||7||0||13||8||0|
|5/29/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||FISTER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|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* ======================
Minnesota (18-27) at Detroit (27-19), 1:08 p.m. EDT
Max Scherzer will be hard-pressed to top his last outing for the Detroit Tigers, especially since he has to face Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau in his next one.
Scherzer looks to improve to 7-0 on Sunday when the Tigers complete a four-game home series with the Minnesota Twins.
The right-hander retired 22 straight batters in one stretch as he yielded one run over eight innings Tuesday in a 5-1 victory at Cleveland. He struck out seven to push his season total to 75.
"That was pretty impressive," manager Jim Leyland said. "He did a terrific job."
Scherzer (6-0, 3.61 ERA) won for the first time in five career home starts against the Twins (19-27) on April 29 by limiting them to three runs over 7 1-3 innings with 10 strikeouts as he earned a 4-3 victory. Mauer and Morneau each went 0 for 3 in that contest.
Both hitters entered 2013 with good numbers against Scherzer, with Mauer 8 for 20 and Morneau 5 for 10 with three homers.
Scherzer has also been boosted by the second-best run support average in the majors at 8.23.
Detroit (27-20) had its four-game win streak snapped as Minnesota ended its 10-game slide with Saturday's 3-2 victory. Mauer homered in a three-run first inning and finished with three hits.
"It feels good to get out from under that 10-gamer," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who was ejected in the third inning. "We got out to a quick start, and then we had to hold on for a long time against a really good team."
Mauer is hitting .407 over 21 games since going hitless in five straight games for the first time in his career. He broke up Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid in the ninth inning Friday night.
"Mauer is Mauer," said Detroit catcher Brayan Pena, who is 13 for 25 during a six-game hit streak. "Sometimes you make great pitches to him, and he still can hit you."
The Twins also limited Miguel Cabrera to a single in four at-bats and no RBIs Saturday after the reigning AL MVP drove in 15 runs over his previous five games. Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and is batting .442 during that run.
Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 6.69) has pitched carefully to Cabrera, allowing three hits in 12 at-bats with six walks. Pelfrey threw 38 pitches over two innings Tuesday at Atlanta in a start cut short due to rain.
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against the Tigers this season. Prince Fielder is 6 for 17 against Pelfrey with a three-run homer this year following a walk to Cabrera.
Twins center fielder Wilkin Ramirez left Saturday's game after a collision with left fielder Josh Willingham on a fly ball in the sixth inning. Aaron Hicks replaced Ramirez, who Gardenhire said has a sore jaw.
"I was worried about him," Willingham told the Twins' official website. "But I was talking to him the whole time, so I knew he was fine."
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 7:27:57 PM EST|