|DETROIT ( PORCELLO )|
TAMPA BAY ( HELLICKSON )
|917||DETROIT||-110||Ov 8.5,-115||+115||Ov 7.5,-110|
|918||TAMPA BAY||+100||Un 8.5,-105||-125||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-26||-1.7||31-30||4.9||0.281||0.343||3.7||0.237||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.6||5-2||5.6||0.279||0.351||5.6||0.292||0.350|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-29||-5.3||30-23||4.5||0.255||0.322||4.7||0.250||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||2-5||3.4||0.238||0.313||3.1||0.203||0.296|
|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)||6-3||W||-135||8 un||O||8||4||0||5||4||0|
|6/29/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-4||L||-140||7.5 un||U||8||9||1||12||10||1|
|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||PORCELLO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||ALVAREZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|7/7/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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||PRICE(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||MOORE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/7/2013|| ||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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Detroit (43-35) at Tampa Bay (41-39), 1:40 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays were without Evan Longoria on Saturday, but they didn't need much offense for a win over the Detroit Tigers.
If Jeremy Hellickson's last start was any indication, they also might not need a lot Sunday as he faces the visiting Tigers in the series finale.
Longoria, the team leader in home runs (17) and RBIs (47), missed a game for the first time this season Saturday, but Yunel Escobar singled home the winning run in the 10th inning in a 4-3 victory for Tampa Bay (42-39).
Longoria is dealing with a sore right foot, which caused him to leave Friday's 6-3 Tigers win. He's also expected to miss Sunday's game but could return Monday at Houston.
"I've been battling with the plantar stuff for the better part of a month now," he said. "I really don't have a definite prognosis. I know that at least for now, I'm not going to go on the DL, which is good, and I'm pretty optimistic about the way I feel today."
Three of the six quality starts this season for Hellickson (6-3, 5.11 ERA) have come in his last four games. He allowed one hit in a start for the second time in his career Monday, throwing seven shutout innings in a 4-1 victory over Toronto.
Hellickson, 4-1 in his last five starts, matched a season high with four walks but threw only 96 pitches.
"He had that (satisfied look) and I really believe that you could see him gain momentum," manager Joe Maddon told the team's official website. "Out of all the starts this year that he may have pitched well, tonight was the game that I think may have righted the ship for him."
The right-hander owns a 1-3 record in four career starts versus the Tigers (43-36) despite a 1.96 ERA. He last faced them a year ago Sunday, leaving after 2 2-3 innings when he was struck in the leg by a liner from Prince Fielder, though he suffered no serious injuries.
Hellickson still has one of the AL's highest ERAs among qualifying starters, as does the man he'll face Sunday - Rick Porcello (4-5, 5.27).
The Detroit right-hander is coming off back-to-back losses, posting an 11.32 ERA. He was charged with seven runs and matched a season high with 10 hits allowed in 4 1-3 innings of a 14-8 loss to the Angels on Tuesday.
"I was just off," said Porcello, 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA in four starts against the Tigers.
This game could also see a hangover from a tension-filled exchange late in Saturday's contest. Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 14 games, but he also yelled toward the Rays' dugout after striking out against Fernando Rodney in the 10th. The at-bat saw Rodney use an up-and-in pitch against Cabrera, who homered twice against Tampa Bay a day earlier.
Rodney said he was simply trying to back Cabrera off the plate a bit. Cabrera didn't speak about the incident, but manager Jim Leyland didn't shy away from commenting.
"I don't like it up there, and we will not tolerate that," he said. "Throwing in that area is not acceptable, and somebody pays the price for that throughout baseball. That's just the way baseball is."
Tampa Bay's James Loney is batting .415 during a 10-game hitting streak after going 3 for 5 on Saturday.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:20:27 AM EST|