|BALTIMORE ( BRITTON )|
DETROIT ( VERLANDER )
|915||BALTIMORE||+215||Ov 8,-115||+195||Ov 8,-115|
|916||DETROIT||-235||Un 8,-105||-215||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-23||+4.9||27-22||4.8||0.269||0.319||4.8||0.264||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||1-5||3.7||0.262||0.306||4.0||0.245||0.286|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-7||-5.2||9-4||5.4||0.282||0.359||4.4||0.256||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||1-6||3.4||0.270||0.328||2.4||0.223||0.269|
|6/4/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||4-1||W||-165||9 ov||U||8||5||0||5||5||2|
|6/5/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||7-11||L||-150||9 un||O||13||9||0||14||5||0|
|6/6/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||3-1||W||-155||8.5 ev||U||11||9||1||6||6||0|
|6/7/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-2||L||105||8.5 ov||U||2||4||0||6||6||0|
|6/8/2013||GAUSMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||0-8||L||115||8.5 ov||U||4||4||0||13||9||0|
|6/9/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||10-7||W||135||7.5 ov||O||16||8||0||12||5||1|
|6/10/2013||GARCIA(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||4-3||W||+115||9 ov||U||7||3||0||8||8||1|
|6/11/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||3-2||W||-115||9.5 ov||U||8||6||0||6||2||1|
|6/12/2013||HAMMEL(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||5-9||L||-110||9.5 ev||O||10||6||2||12||6||1|
|6/17/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||1-5||L||175||8.5 ov||U||7||8||0||14||7||0|
|6/18/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|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)||5-2||W||-145||9 un||U||11||7||0||3||3||0|
|6/25/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|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 (BALTIMORE-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Tigers Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Baltimore (40-30) at Detroit (38-29), 7:08 p.m. EDT
Justin Verlander continued his winning streak against the Baltimore Orioles earlier this month.
He heads into this matchup feeling as though he's coming off his best performance of the season.
Detroit's ace looks for another victory over the Orioles as the Tigers seek a season-high sixth straight home win Tuesday night.
Verlander (8-4, 3.41 ERA) is 8-0 with a 2.93 ERA over 12 career starts versus Baltimore (40-31), earning a 10-3 victory in the latest outing June 1. The right-hander, though, allowed eight hits, three runs and two homers in seven innings.
That performance was part of a six-start stretch during which Verlander went 4-2 with a 6.68 ERA.
He looked more like the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Wednesday, allowing three hits with eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings while not getting a decision in a 3-2 loss at Kansas City.
"For me, it was my best start, just because of the way I've been working to get back where I need to be," Verlander told the team's official website. "I feel like I've been getting better every start. I wasn't exactly where I want to be, but pretty doggone close."
Verlander will attempt to continue an impressive streak by Detroit starting pitchers, who have allowed three runs or fewer in 17 consecutive games, posting a 2.26 ERA during that span.
Max Scherzer continued that run in Monday's 5-1 win over the Orioles, yielding one run with 10 strikeouts in six innings to become the first Tiger to go 10-0 since George Mullin was 11-0 in 1909.
Miguel Cabrera had three hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning after going 5 for 28 (.179) with one home run and three RBIs over nine games.
He's a .481 hitter with nine homers and 25 RBIs in 21 career meetings with the Orioles at Comerica Park. He's 2 for 3 with three walks against scheduled starter Zach Britton.
Last year's Triple Crown winner, Cabrera leads the majors with a .358 average and 71 RBIs, while his 19 homers are second in the AL to the Orioles' Chris Davis.
Davis connected for his major league-leading 24th home run for one of his two hits Monday.
The first baseman is 10 for 24 with four homers and seven RBIs in his past six games versus Detroit (39-29), but he's 3 for 14 (.214) with eight strikeouts versus Verlander.
Britton (0-1, 9.00) is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start in place of Jason Hammel, who continues to battle an illness.
"He's still pretty weak, but he's getting better every day," manager Buck Showalter told the team's official website of Hammel. "The good news is we got contingency things in place."
Britton was a 6-2 loser at Seattle in his only start of the season April 29, surrendering six runs and 10 hits in six innings. The left-hander, though, is 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA over his last five starts at Norfolk.
He's made both of his starts against the Tigers at Comerica, going 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA. Britton scattered six hits in seven scoreless innings of a 3-2 win Aug. 18.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:17:07 AM EST|