|TEXAS ( GRIMM )|
DETROIT ( FISTER )
|915||TEXAS||+165||Ov 9.5,-110||+165||Ov 9.5,+110|
|916||DETROIT||-175||Un 9.5,-110||-175||Un 9.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-27||+0.9||22-36||4.2||0.253||0.305||4.0||0.249||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.1||4-3||5.4||0.275||0.352||5.1||0.257||0.318|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-29||+1.1||37-32||5.1||0.284||0.345||3.8||0.238||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.5||5-2||5.9||0.292||0.356||5.3||0.293||0.358|
|7/8/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)||8-5||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||12||4||1||10||10||0|
|7/9/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)||8-4||W||110||9.5 ev||O||14||6||3||6||5||0|
|7/10/2013||LINDBLOM(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||1-6||L||135||9.5 un||U||4||5||0||10||10||0|
|7/11/2013||WOLF(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||1-3||L||135||9.5 un||U||7||6||0||6||2||1|
|7/12/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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)||7-0||W||115||8.5 ov||U||9||5||0||6||8||0|
|7/6/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||9-4||W||-165||9 ov||O||13||9||1||8||7||1|
|7/7/2013||FISTER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||6-9||L||-130||8.5 ov||O||13||11||0||8||4||0|
|7/8/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||4-2||W||-155||8.5 ev||U||7||8||0||10||10||0|
|7/9/2013||VERLANDER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-11||L||-280||8 un||O||7||4||0||23||13||0|
|7/10/2013||PORCELLO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||8-5||W||-255||9.5 un||O||15||7||0||9||6||0|
|7/11/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-6||L||-155||7.5 un||O||10||6||2||11||12||0|
|7/19/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|TEXAS: HITTING: 2B IAN KINSLER will lead off again. A few less at-'em balls and he's an MVP candidate. SS ELVIS ANDRUS is coming along offensively, but his poor SB% could lead to fewer attempts. Injuries are the only thing that will keep OF JOSH HAMILTON out of the MVP discussion. He'll likely start declining at age 35, but DH MICHAEL YOUNG can't help but put up numbers batting cleanup in this lineup. 3B ADRIAN BELTRE was unstoppable in Arlington. Like Hamilton, he's an MVP candidate if healthy. Injuries are piling up for OF NELSON CRUZ, who still has monster power but doesn't run as much anymore. C MIKE NAPOLI is MLB's best offensive catcher and will play some 1B on 'off' days. Because their lineup is stacked, Texas can play defensive-minded/offensively limited 1B MITCH MORELAND. And because Ron Washington would prefer to play Hamilton in left, speedy CF CRAIG GENTRY looks to have the edge over DAVID MURPHY for the starting job in center. Cuban import LEONYS MARTIN will start the season in Triple-A, but JULIO BORBON could earn a significant OF role. |
STARTING PITCHING: COLBY LEWIS can overpower when he's on, but as a flyball pitcher in cozy Arlington he's going to have a handful of ugly days. The much-ballyhooed YU DARVISH brings a deep arsenal of pitches and a durable frame from Japan. He's probably the best Japanese arm to ever cross the Pacific. Lefty MATT HARRISON solidified his rotation spot. He has topped out as a respectable No. 3-type starter. DEREK HOLLAND has top-of-the-rotation upside. Consistency has been an issue, but hopefully another year and some big postseason moments helped to cure that. The big story is NEFTALI FELIZ moving to the rotation. He was considered a future ace in the minors, but the transition might not be easy. His K/BB ratio plummeted last year and his flyball tendencies could spell disaster in Arlington. Keep in mind the Rangers made a successful closer-to-ace switch with C.J. Wilson. Top prospect MARTIN PEREZ could be an option in the second half.
RELIEF PITCHING: Veteran JOE NATHAN was brought in and handed the closer's job. He struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but most pitchers who've had the procedure don't come all the way back until their second full season. If Nathan falters, MIKE ADAMS could be next in line. He had no trouble transitioning from pitcher-friendly San Diego in the National League to hitter-friendly Arlington and the A.L.'s superior bats. KOJI UEHARA would also be in the closer discussion if Nathan falters, but he was unhappy about being traded from Baltimore and faltered for the Rangers late last year. ALEXI OGANDO got a huge boost from his defense and his bullpen before a late-season collapse. He threw by far a career-high in innings; better stamina would allow him to take the next step and possibly rejoin the rotation.
|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 (TEXAS-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Tigers Preview* ========================
Texas (53-38) at Detroit (50-40), 7:08 p.m. EDT
The starters in the opener of this three-game series between the Detroit Tigers and visiting Texas Rangers have ERAs of at least 7.00 over their last four outings.
That's good news for sluggers such as Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez of Detroit and Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz of Texas - all of whom are surging.
The Tigers' Doug Fister and the Rangers' Justin Grimm form a matchup of struggling right-handers that figure to be hard-pressed to end their woes Friday night.
Fister (6-5, 4.07 ERA) has gone 0-1 with a 7.66 ERA over his last four outings while Grimm (7-6, 5.88) is 2-1 with a 7.00 mark in that same span.
Fister gave up exactly six runs for the third time in four outings Sunday and walked a season-high three over six innings, although he escaped without a decision in a 9-6 loss at Cleveland.
"I've got to fix that," Fister told the Tigers' official website. "I can't do that. I have to attack guys like I've done in the past."
Grimm allowed four runs over four innings of a 5-4 victory over Houston on Sunday. He has a 9.00 ERA over his last seven outings, surrendering 10 homers in 33 innings.
Fister has gone 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA in eight starts against Texas (53-39). Beltre is 8 for 17 against him and Cruz 8 for 19.
Beltre is batting .451 with six homers and 12 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak while Cruz is at .340 with two home runs and 10 RBIs over his last 12 contests.
Grimm allowed two runs over 6 2-3 innings to earn a 7-2 victory over Detroit on May 18. His only other start against the Tigers came in his second major league appearance, as he gave up six runs and was chased in the second inning of an 8-2 defeat June 25, 2012.
Cabrera is 3 for 5 against Grimm and Martinez has a double in two at-bats.
Cabrera is hitting .398 with 12 homers and 25 RBIs over his last 25 contests while Martinez is batting .453 during a 13-game streak.
The Rangers took three of four from the Tigers (50-41) from May 16-19. Beltre went 8 for 16, Elvis Andrus was 7 for 16 and Mitch Moreland drove in a team-high six runs. Moreland, though, is 1 for 12 against Fister.
Cruz is hitting .241 with one home run in 14 games against the Tigers since homering six times and driving in 13 runs in the 2011 ALCS.
Cabrera, the first player to reach 30 homers and 90 RBIs before the All-Star break, is 9 for 16 with team highs of three homers and six RBIs in this season series.
The Tigers have dropped five of six at home after losing two of three to the White Sox this week.
The Rangers scored 16 runs in winning the first two games in Baltimore this week before totaling two in dropping the final two of the set.
"To split after winning the first two games is not the way we wanted to go," infielder Ian Kinsler told the Rangers' official website.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:52:12 PM EST|