|LA ANGELS ( BUCKNER )|
DETROIT ( ALVAREZ )
|913||LA ANGELS||+135||Ov 9.5,-110||+130||Ov 9.5,-125|
|914||DETROIT||-145||Un 9.5,-110||-140||Un 9.5,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-11||-5.1||9-11||3.8||0.249||0.323||4.3||0.268||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.2||3-4||5.6||0.272||0.348||5.9||0.258||0.317|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-23||+1.6||29-28||4.9||0.283||0.345||3.7||0.235||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3||5-2||5.7||0.298||0.375||7.6||0.327||0.380|
|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)||14-8||W||120||9.5 un||O||16||11||1||10||6||6|
|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||HANSON(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|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)||8-14||L||-130||9.5 un||O||10||6||6||16||11||1|
|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||FISTER(R)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Los Angeles (33-43) at Detroit (42-32), 7:08 p.m. EDT
Jose Alvarez impressed in his first two big league starts.
Now, he'll have to deal with the Los Angeles Angels, who have recently looked more like the offensive juggernaut many expected them to be this season.
The Detroit Tigers look to bounce back from a six-error performance in Tuesday's series-opening defeat as they send Alvarez to the mound against Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
Alvarez (1-0, 2.45 ERA) had his contract purchased from Triple-A Toledo earlier this month as a temporary replacement in Detroit's rotation for the injured Anibal Sanchez.
The left-hander has responded by limiting opponents to three runs over 11 innings in two starts with 10 strikeouts. He did not get a decision his last time out in a 4-3 win over Boston on Thursday.
Wednesday could prove to be Alvarez's toughest challenge yet if a 14-8 win in the opener by the Angels (34-33) - their seventh straight victory over Detroit - is any indication. It was the fifth time in 12 contests, a span in which Los Angeles has hit .311, tallied at least nine runs. They had four such outbursts in the previous 65 games.
J.B. Shuck was 3 for 5 with a career-high four RBIs, while Josh Hamilton - starting for the first time in four games after dealing with a sore right wrist - singled in each of his first three at-bats and scored three runs. Hamilton is still hitting .214 and slugging .382, both career lows.
But Tuesday's 3-for-5 performance after an 0-for-15 slump seemed encouraging. Hamilton recorded three games with three or more hits in his previous 72 contests, but they all came in April.
Six errors for the Tigers (42-33) were the most in the majors since Pittsburgh committed seven in a 12-2 loss to the Cubs on Sept. 7.
Miguel Cabrera homered for the 21st time, tying Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Gonzalez for the second-most in baseball, but also committed two errors.
"It was just an ugly night for us," manager Jim Leyland said. "Obviously, they hit the ball all over the place and we didn't make some plays."
Angels scheduled starter Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.10) was the beneficiary of another big offensive performance in his last start. Los Angeles came from behind to win 10-9 at Seattle on Thursday, bailing out the right-hander from a loss after he surrendered seven runs and six hits in two-plus innings.
"I think I was just pulling my pitches," he told the team's official website. "They were getting too much of the plate and they let me know."
Hanson threw six shutout innings against the Tigers for his second win of the season April 19, an 8-1 Angels victory.
Los Angeles could get another hot bat in its lineup Wednesday in Peter Bourjos. Bourjos told the team's official website he hoped to play after sitting out Tuesday due to a bruised left thumb he suffered on a slide Sunday. An MRI on Monday showed no structural damage for Bourjos, who is batting .406 over his last nine games and .331 on the season. He already spent over a month on the disabled list earlier this year due to a strained hamstring.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:51:23 PM EST|