|DETROIT ( SCHERZER )|
TAMPA BAY ( COLOME )
|917||DETROIT||-140||Ov 8,-120||-135||Ov 8,+110|
|918||TAMPA BAY||+130||Un 8,+100||+125||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-25||-1.3||30-29||4.9||0.283||0.344||3.7||0.237||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.6||5-2||5.7||0.295||0.366||6.4||0.314||0.374|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-28||-5.6||29-22||4.5||0.255||0.323||4.7||0.251||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||2-5||3.9||0.260||0.324||3.1||0.216||0.302|
|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||BUCKNER(R)||4-7||L||-145||10 ov||O||12||7||1||10||5||0|
|6/27/2013||FISTER(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||1-3||L||-145||8.5 un||U||7||7||0||11||10||0|
|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||SCHERZER(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/14/2013||MOORE(L)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||2-7||L||-165||8 un||O||7||7||0||10||7||0|
|6/15/2013||COBB(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-3||W||-170||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||8||9||1|
|6/16/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-5||L||-145||8 un||P||7||8||1||11||10||0|
|6/18/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||1-5||L||105||10 un||U||6||8||1||8||8||0|
|6/18/2013||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||1-3||L||140||10 un||U||4||3||0||7||6||0|
|6/19/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||6-2||W||120||9.5 un||U||15||10||0||7||5||1|
|6/20/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||8-3||W||-105||8 un||O||14||7||0||6||5||1|
|6/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||2-6||L||100||9 un||U||9||9||0||11||3||0|
|6/22/2013||COLOME(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-7||L||140||8 un||O||7||2||2||7||10||1|
|6/23/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||3-1||W||105||9 ov||U||9||12||1||7||7||0|
|7/1/2013||MOORE(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|7/2/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||COLOME(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Rays Preview* =====================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Detroit (42-34) at Tampa Bay (41-38), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Looking to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season, the Detroit Tigers appear to be sending the right pitcher to the mound.
Max Scherzer will try to become the majors' first 12-game winner and snap Detroit's three-game skid Friday night in the opener of a three-game road series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
With a 3-1, 10-inning loss to the Angels on Thursday, the Tigers (42-35) were swept at home for the first time since April 24-26, 2012, versus Seattle.
Detroit, however, should feel confident about getting an 11-game road trip off to a strong start with Scherzer (11-0, 3.05 ERA) going in the opener.
Scherzer, tied with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann for the major league lead with 11 victories, has been particularly outstanding with 31 strikeouts and a 2.00 ERA during a four-start winning streak.
Scherzer allowed two runs - both in the first inning - over seven innings in a 10-3 victory over Boston on Saturday.
Now, he has a chance to become the first to win his first 12 decisions since Roger Clemens did it during a 14-0 stretch to begin his AL MVP season with Boston in 1986.
"It just means we're playing great team baseball and I'm going out there and doing my job," Scherzer said. "I'm credited a ton of run support. That's when you've got to give all the credit to your teammates. Every time I feel like I go deep into a game, they're going to pick me up. They have the whole entire season."
While Scherzer has benefited from the best run-support average in baseball at 7.84, the Tigers will have to regroup after being held to fewer than two runs for the first time in 20 games Thursday.
Scherzer is 2-2 with a 2.64 ERA in five career starts versus the Rays after fanning nine and giving up one run over seven innings in a 5-2 home win June 6. He's done a solid job holding down key hitters Desmond Jennings (1 for 9), Evan Longoria (2 for 11), Ben Zobrist (1 for 12) and Matt Joyce (2 for 13).
The Rays (41-38) have struggled offensively at home of late, averaging 2.6 runs and hitting .167 with runners in scoring position while dropping five of eight there.
James Loney has been one of the team's bright spots, batting .406 over an eight-game hit streak overall.
He had one of the team's two hits off Toronto's R.A. Dickey as Tampa Bay had its three-game win streak stopped in a 3-0 loss Wednesday.
"We didn't hit, I think, even one ball hard," manager Joe Maddon said.
Tampa Bay starter Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00) has yet to allow an earned run in two starts, giving up four unearned and 10 hits in 10 innings over that span.
The rookie right-hander lasted 4 1-3 innings, yielding three runs, five walks and five hits before leaving without a decision in a 7-5 loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Colome will get his first look at slugger Miguel Cabrera, who is batting .447 with four homers during an 12-game hitting streak.
Cabrera and Prince Fielder went a combined 11 for 21 to help the Tigers take two of three from Tampa Bay in Detroit earlier this month.
Cabrera is 13 for 25 in his last seven games versus the Rays, while Fielder is 8 for 15 in his last four.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:52:55 PM EST|