|DETROIT ( FISTER )|
MINNESOTA ( WALTERS )
|919||DETROIT||-155||Ov 8.5,-110||-140||Ov 8.5,-125|
|920||MINNESOTA||+145||Un 8.5,-110||+130||Un 8.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-22||-1.1||27-25||4.9||0.278||0.341||3.6||0.233||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||2-5||3.4||0.246||0.320||2.7||0.226||0.275|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-30||+2.8||23-31||4.0||0.241||0.310||4.3||0.280||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.4||2-5||2.7||0.235||0.293||3.9||0.276||0.323|
|6/2/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||2-4||L||-115||10 un||U||10||4||0||10||9||0|
|6/4/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||10-1||W||-145||8 un||O||15||12||0||4||3||0|
|6/5/2013||FISTER(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-3||L||-140||8 ev||U||6||9||0||8||4||1|
|6/6/2013||SCHERZER(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-2||W||-195||8.5 un||U||13||8||0||6||7||0|
|6/10/2013||FISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||2-3||L||-135||8.5 un||U||7||8||0||9||4||0|
|6/11/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-2||W||-160||8.5 ov||U||11||10||0||5||4||0|
|6/12/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-3||L||-115||7.5 ov||U||7||8||2||8||6||0|
|6/14/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||4-0||W||-135||9 un||U||5||4||2||3||5||0|
|6/15/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||3-6||L||-160||8.5 ev||O||8||6||0||14||8||1|
|6/16/2013||FISTER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|6/4/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||3-0||W||130||8.5 ov||U||10||11||0||4||5||0|
|6/5/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||1-4||L||130||8.5 un||U||8||14||1||8||7||0|
|6/6/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-7||L||140||9 un||O||5||8||1||11||3||1|
|6/8/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||4-3||W||180||7.5 un||U||11||13||0||10||6||1|
|6/9/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||0-7||L||180||7.5 un||U||3||8||1||14||8||2|
|6/9/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||KARNS(R)||4-5||L||115||8.5 ev||O||8||9||1||10||9||1|
|6/18/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|6/19/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||DIAMOND(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|6/21/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Twins Preview* ======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Detroit (37-28) at Minnesota (29-35), 2:10 p.m. EDT
P.J. Walters outdueled the Detroit Tigers' Doug Fister in his season debut with the Minnesota Twins but unearned runs have helped spoil a pair of respectable outings for the right-hander recently.
Walters will try to keep his winless streak brief by helping the Twins top the Tigers and Fister again in Sunday's series finale.
After being called up from the minors May 25, Walters (2-1, 2.49 ERA) gave up two runs over six innings in a 3-2 victory in Detroit on May 25. He earned another win in his next start but has come up short of victories in his past two outings.
Four of the five runs Walters has allowed in those starts have been unearned, and his teammates have given him just three runs of support after providing a combined 10 in his first two games.
He allowed two runs - one earned - in a season-high 7 1-3 innings Tuesday against Philadelphia but did not get a decision in a 3-2 win.
"(Walters) was fantastic," manager Ron Gardenhire told the team's website. "He threw the ball great. He gave us our first great opportunity. Unfortunately, we couldn't hold it there."
The Twins (30-35) will try to help Walters earn a win this time and claim their fourth victory in the last five home games against Detroit (37-29). Trevor Plouffe will seek to aid his team's cause by building on his stellar return from a concussion and a strained left calf.
On his 27th birthday, the third baseman went 3 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs in a 6-3 win Saturday.
"It's good to be back. I've been itching to come back and be back with the boys, especially this series against the Tigers. It's a big series for us whenever we play them," he said.
Fister (5-4, 3.28) will try to keep Plouffe from duplicating those efforts while snapping a hard-luck skid. The right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer and pitched at least seven innings each of his last four starts but is 0-3 in those games.
Fister, who has been given a combined four runs of support, started that stretch with the loss to the Twins and Walters. He gave up three runs over seven innings in that game and allowed three over eight frames in a 3-2 defeat in Kansas City on Monday.
"Man, I feel so bad for him. He's been pitching his butt off," outfielder Torii Hunter told the team's website. "We just can't get a win for him right now. He keeps going out there, he keeps chucking the ball. Eventually, we're going to get something going for him."
Fister might have a chance to end his winless skid himself as he's 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA in his last three starts against the Twins after going 1-6 with a 4.36 ERA in his first seven matchups.
With his help, Detroit will seek to earn only the seventh win in its last 19 road games. Prince Fielder will also try to provide a boost by improving on his .455 career average (5 for 11) against Walters.
The Tigers first baseman has also hit a pair of solo homers off the right-hander, and Joe Mauer has seven hits in his last 17 at-bats against Fister, including one home run.
Justin Morneau is 8 for 22 (.364) with three doubles and a home run all-time versus the right-hander.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 11:16:50 AM EST|