|DETROIT ( PORCELLO )|
CLEVELAND ( MASTERSON )
|965||DETROIT||+115||Ov 8.5,-120||+115||Ov 8.5,-115|
|966||CLEVELAND||-125||Un 8.5,+100||-125||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-28||-0.7||34-31||4.9||0.280||0.341||3.7||0.238||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||4-2||5.3||0.261||0.318||3.9||0.247||0.300|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-26||+6||24-28||4.8||0.255||0.329||4.5||0.253||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.5||5-2||7.7||0.310||0.382||6.0||0.279||0.359|
|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)||6-2||W||-125||8 un||P||8||7||0||9||8||3|
|7/4/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||11-1||W||-135||8.5 un||O||16||11||0||6||6||1|
|7/5/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|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||PORCELLO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|6/24/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)||5-2||W||140||9.5 ov||U||9||9||0||9||9||0|
|6/25/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-6||L||115||9.5 un||U||6||7||0||6||2||0|
|6/26/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||4-3||W||135||9.5 un||U||6||6||1||4||3||0|
|6/27/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||3-7||L||125||9.5 un||O||10||7||2||11||4||0|
|6/28/2013||BAUER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||19-10||W||110||9 un||O||21||11||1||13||8||1|
|6/28/2013||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||9-8||W||115||9 ov||O||12||5||0||13||11||0|
|6/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||4-3||W||-120||9 un||U||9||4||0||11||11||0|
|6/30/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||4-0||W||125||7.5 un||U||10||7||0||6||3||0|
|7/2/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||6-5||W||-105||8.5 un||O||9||8||0||7||7||0|
|7/3/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-6||L||105||8.5 ov||O||6||5||3||11||7||1|
|7/4/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||7-10||L||130||8 ov||O||12||8||1||6||6||0|
|7/12/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Indians Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Detroit (45-38) at Cleveland (45-39), 7:05 p.m. EDT
If the Cleveland Indians are to again overtake Detroit atop the AL Central, they'll need Justin Masterson to continue his home success and help end their recent struggles against the Tigers.
Masterson and the Indians look to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat to the visiting Tigers, who'll try to win their fourth straight in the opener of a key four-game set Friday night.
Detroit (46-38) has won six of eight versus Cleveland this season, and swept a three-game home set June 7-9 to increase its division lead to 5 1/2 games over the Indians at the time.
Since then, the Indians (45-40) have won 15 of 23 while the Tigers are 11-12. Cleveland held a one-half game division lead over Detroit on Tuesday, but is currently 1 1/2 after losing two straight at Kansas City to conclude a 7-4 trip.
"I think we're all thrilled we're going back home," manager Terry Francona told the Indians' official website after Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Royals.
Though Cleveland has won 22 of 31 at home, two of those losses came to a Detroit club that's won five of seven at Progressive Field.
The Tigers outscored Toronto 24-9 to win three straight after dropping six of seven. Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter each had three RBIs in Thursday's 11-1 rout of the Blue Jays despite the absence of star Miguel Cabrera, who sat for the first time this season with a sore back.
"I'm sure he would play if I asked him," manager Jim Leyland told the Tigers' official website. "I made the decision, and I'll take the responsibility for it. He always wants to play."
Leading the majors in batting (.364), RBIs (85) and second in home runs (26), Cabrera has hit .409 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last five at Cleveland.
Hunter is 7 for 13 in the last three games, and batting .333 this season against the Indians.
Cabrera and Hunter have hit a combined .368 with five home runs versus Masterson (10-6, 3.48 ERA), who is 2-7 with a 5.45 ERA in 12 starts against the Tigers. He allowed four runs, including a three-run homer to Don Kelly, in seven innings of a 4-1 loss at Detroit on June 9.
However, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA in six home starts since he went 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA in the first three.
Masterson's most recent outing came on the road when he tossed a six-hitter and struck out eight during Sunday's 4-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox to record his AL-leading third complete game.
"I think that's the challenge for us as starters - try to go out there and get as much as we can and go as far as we can," he said.
The Tigers counter with Rick Porcello (4-6, 5.21), who has an 8.82 ERA while losing three straight starts since he went 2-1 with a 1.33 ERA in the previous four. The right-hander yielded 13 runs in his previous two before he gave up three in six innings of a 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Porcello, who is appealing a six-game suspension for hitting Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist in that contest, allowed two runs over six innings in each of his two starts to go 1-0 against the Indians this season.
Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is 6 for 20 with a homer against Porcello, and batting .462 with four home runs and 20 RBIs during a 15-game hitting streak.
He's hit .376 with 30 RBIs while reaching base safely in 35 consecutive contests.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 10:39:14 PM EST|