|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
DETROIT ( PORCELLO )
|961||LA ANGELS||+120||Ov 9,-105||+120||Ov 9,-110|
|962||DETROIT||-130||Un 9,-115||-130||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-32||-18.8||34-21||4.8||0.270||0.329||4.9||0.259||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||3-4||5.1||0.294||0.361||5.1||0.247||0.299|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-9||-7.6||11-5||5.4||0.281||0.361||4.8||0.270||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.8||4-3||5.3||0.317||0.386||5.7||0.305||0.353|
|6/11/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||2-3||L||105||9.5 ov||U||6||2||1||8||6||0|
|6/12/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||9-5||W||100||9.5 ev||O||12||6||1||10||6||2|
|6/14/2013||WILSON(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||5-2||W||-155||8 un||U||13||10||1||6||7||0|
|6/15/2013||HANSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||6-2||W||-125||8 ov||P||12||10||1||5||4||0|
|6/16/2013||WEAVER(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-6||L||-140||7 ov||O||9||7||2||9||3||0|
|6/25/2013||WILSON(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||HANSON(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)|| |
|6/27/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|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||PORCELLO(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||ALVAREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||FISTER(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COLOME(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||ALVAREZ(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|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 (LA ANGELS-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Tigers Preview* =======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Los Angeles (33-43) at Detroit (42-32), 7:08 p.m. EDT
Though the Detroit Tigers have struggled versus the Los Angeles Angels on the road of late, they've fared much better against them at Comerica Park.
The AL Central-leading Tigers look to continue that home success by handing the Angels a fourth straight defeat Tuesday night.
Detroit (42-32) has been outscored 34-9 while dropping six straight to the Angels, all at Anaheim. The Tigers were held to four runs in a three-game series there April 19-21.
However, Detroit has averaged 5.0 runs while winning 13 of 19 at home against the Angels (33-43), including six of eight.
The Tigers are 4-3 on a 10-day homestand and looking for a third consecutive victory after totaling 27 runs to take three of four from AL East-leading Boston. They were the recipient of a questionable non-catch call on a fly ball to Boston outfielder Daniel Nava that opened the door for a three-run eighth inning in Sunday's 7-5 victory.
"Sometimes it's your day, sometimes it isn't," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson went 6 for 11 in the series. He's hitting .457 (16 for 35) in nine games since he returned from missing a little more than a month with a strained right hamstring.
Jackson, though, is 2 for 39 (.051) in his last nine games against Los Angeles.
Teammate Miguel Cabrera has hit .486 (17 for 35) with two homers and six RBIs in his last nine games overall. He went 6 for 11 against Los Angeles in April and is 5 for 15 with two doubles versus scheduled starter C.J. Wilson (6-5, 3.61 ERA).
The left-hander tries to end his recent road struggles while looking for a third consecutive winning start. He allowed two runs and seven hits in 14 innings over the last two - both at home - following a three-game stretch where he went 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA.
Wilson gave up two hits in seven innings of a 1-0 win over Seattle on Wednesday.
"You never want to lose 1-0; you always want to win," he said. "I've lost a lot of those games this year already."
Wilson is 0-3 with a 5.56 ERA in his last four road outings and 0-2 with an 8.20 ERA in three starts at Comerica Park, including the postseason. His last start against the Tigers came at home April 21, when he gave up three runs and walked four in six innings of a 4-3, 13-inning win.
Albert Pujols went 1 for 12 while the Angels were swept at home by Pittsburgh over the weekend, but he's batting .548 (23 for 42) with five homers and nine RBIs in 11 regular-season games at Detroit.
Angels star Mike Trout went 5 for 15 against the Tigers in April and hit a grand slam off scheduled starter Rick Porcello (4-4, 4.74) during a 10-0 win April 20.
Porcello allowed nine runs and nine hits while facing 11 batters in two-thirds of an inning to fall to 3-3 with a 7.68 ERA in eighth starts against Los Angeles.
Since that outing, Porcello is 4-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 10 starts. However, he gave up six runs in six innings of a 13-3 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 6:26:33 PM EST|