|DETROIT ( SCHERZER )|
TORONTO ( JOHNSON )
|963||DETROIT||-120||Ov 8.5,-115||-120||Ov 8.5,-105|
|964||TORONTO||+110||Un 8.5,-105||+110||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-28||-2.7||33-31||4.8||0.279||0.340||3.8||0.238||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.3||4-3||3.6||0.248||0.299||4.9||0.266||0.327|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-29||+2.8||28-30||4.7||0.246||0.314||4.4||0.252||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||4-3||5.1||0.246||0.306||4.4||0.269||0.315|
|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)||1-3||L||115||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/1/2013||ALVAREZ(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||3-8||L||115||9 un||O||7||5||1||10||6||0|
|7/2/2013||FISTER(R)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)||7-6||W||-150||9 un||O||12||8||0||7||4||0|
|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||FISTER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|7/9/2013||VERLANDER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/24/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||1-4||L||130||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||8||5||0|
|6/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-5||L||125||8 un||U||6||11||0||11||14||0|
|6/26/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||3-0||W||105||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||2||2||0|
|6/27/2013||WANG(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||4-7||L||160||9.5 un||O||5||2||0||9||4||0|
|6/28/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||5-7||L||100||10 ev||O||8||5||0||15||9||1|
|6/29/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-2||W||130||10.5 ov||U||10||5||1||10||8||2|
|6/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||4-5||L||140||10 un||U||11||10||1||9||8||0|
|7/9/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Blue Jays Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Detroit (43-38) at Toronto (41-41), 7:07 p.m. EDT
In the midst of a career-best start, Max Scherzer continues to be humbled by his success with the Detroit Tigers this season.
Trying for a career-high sixth straight winning start, Scherzer looks to improve to 13-0 and remain undefeated against the host Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
Scherzer (12-0, 3.10 ERA) is the first Detroit (44-38) pitcher ever to win his first 12 decisions and first major leaguer to do so since Roger Clemens went 14-0 for Boston in 1986. Through it all, the right-hander is quick to deflect the praise coming his way.
"My record is a reflection of our team," Scherzer told the Tigers' official website. "I don't get caught up in the win-loss record, because it's kind of flukey."
Scherzer, who is backed by a major league-best 7.83 run support average, posted a 2.38 ERA while going 5-0 in June. He yielded three runs, four hits, including two homers, and struck out nine in seven innings of a 6-3 win at Tampa Bay on Friday.
He also won five consecutive starts from Aug. 10-Sept. 1.
"He's just good," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's got a little of that whiffle ball look from the side, where the ball is jumping all over the place. Then he gets the velocity when he wants it.
"There's a reason why he's 12-0. He's very good."
Scherzer has looked good while going 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in five starts versus Toronto (41-42).
He'll try to help the Tigers build on their second win in eight games, 7-6 over the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Miguel Cabrera shook off a sore back to hit his 26th homer and Torii Hunter had four singles, including the tie-breaker in the eighth as Detroit overcame an early 4-0 deficit to end a three-game slide.
"Just a good win for us, we needed it," manager Jim Leyland said. "Hopefully we can get things going again."
Cabrera, who went 0 for 4 in Monday's series-opening 8-3 loss, has homered for six of the 11 hits in his last 31 at-bats while driving in 10 runs. While Cabrera expects the back won't keep him out Wednesday, Leyland will be more cautious.
"He said no rest (Wednesday), he'll be ready," Leyland said. "We'll play that one by ear."
Hunter, who was 1 for 17 in four contests prior to Tuesday, is 3 for 4 with a double and a triple against scheduled Toronto starter Josh Johnson (1-2, 5.21).
The right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.98 ERA in his last four starts, but allowed five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 7-5 loss at Boston on Friday.
"It was one of those frustrating outings where I should have gotten deeper," Johnson told the Blue Jays' official website. "They battled with me. They made me throw a lot of pitches and it just ran up my pitch count."
He was worse in his only previous start against the Tigers when he gave up six runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings of an 11-1 loss April 11.
Colby Rasmus homered and had four RBIs on Tuesday for Toronto, which is 3-6 since its 11-game winning streak.
Teammate Jose Bautista is 9 for 17 with three homers and six RBIs in five games since he hit .135 (7 for 52) in his previous 14. He's 6 for 11 with three doubles and a home run versus Scherzer.
|Last Updated: 5/25/2017 9:26:27 AM EST|