|TEXAS ( PEREZ )|
DETROIT ( VERLANDER )
|915||TEXAS||+160||Ov 8.5,-110||+155||Ov 8.5,-125|
|916||DETROIT||-170||Un 8.5,-110||-165||Un 8.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-28||+1.3||22-37||4.2||0.255||0.306||4.0||0.250||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||2-4||4.6||0.280||0.341||4.3||0.250||0.316|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-13||-13.8||14-6||5.0||0.271||0.350||5.5||0.290||0.348|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-4.2||4-2||4.7||0.283||0.347||6.0||0.314||0.374|
|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)||2-7||L||170||9.5 un||U||10||10||0||11||6||1|
|7/13/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||7-1||W||145||8 un||P||12||7||0||6||8||1|
|7/14/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ 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 (53-40) at Detroit (51-41), 1:08 p.m. EDT
The visiting Texas Rangers have evened this weekend series since the Detroit Tigers again failed to win when an opponent started a left-hander.
Not only does Detroit have to face another southpaw next, it is also having problems winning of late when Justin Verlander takes the mound.
The Tigers will get their first look of the season at emerging Rangers lefty Martin Perez on Sunday while hoping Verlander can bounce back from a subpar effort.
Detroit (51-42) fell to 9-13 against left-handed starters as Derek Holland and two relievers held the Tigers to six hits in Saturday's 7-1 victory. The Rangers handed Tigers starter Max Scherzer his first defeat after a 13-0 start.
Perez (3-1, 2.08 ERA) had an inauspicious big league debut out of the bullpen June 27, 2012, in his lone career appearance against Detroit. He recorded two outs, allowed four runs and had a wild pitch in a 13-9 victory.
He figures to present a different proposition now. The Rangers have won all four of his starts since he was recalled June 22 from Triple-A Round Rock, with Perez going 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA.
The worst of those outings came Tuesday in Baltimore. Perez surrendered four runs - two earned - over six-plus innings, but got credit for an 8-4 victory and drew praise afterward.
"You can see why they're so high on Perez," Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the Rangers' official website. "He's got a really good arm, good changeup."
A Detroit lineup that produced no extra-base hits Saturday figures to be challenged by Perez. Twenty-nine of the 34 hits he's allowed this season have been singles.
The Tigers are just 10-9 when Verlander (9-6, 3.71) starts, including losses in four of his last six. The right-hander gave up five runs and a season-high 12 hits over seven-plus innings in Tuesday's 11-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
"Just one of those days that happens at this level, at this time of the year," Verlander said.
His poorest effort this season came when he gave up a season-worst eight runs over 2 2-3 innings in a 10-4 loss at Texas on May 16. He fell to 8-4 with a 3.27 ERA in 14 career starts against the Rangers, including two postseason outings.
Verlander is 5-2 with a 2.84 ERA in eight overall home starts versus Texas.
A.J. Pierzynski has faced Verlander more than any other hitter, going 19 for 74 (.257).
Nelson Cruz is just 2 for 17 against Verlander, but he came through with four hits Saturday as Texas (54-40) ended a three-game slide in which it totaled four runs.
Cruz is hitting .368 with 10 runs scored over his last nine games. He was 3 for 19 against Detroit in 2013 before Saturday.
Miguel Cabrera's major league-leading average against lefties is .420 as he faces Venezuelan countryman Perez for the second time after walking on four pitches last year. Perhaps the reigning AL MVP will be more vulnerable Sunday since he's hitting .333 in day games compared to .391 at night.
Another Venezuelan, Victor Martinez, went 0 for 4 on Saturday as his 14-game hit streak ended.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 10:24:32 AM EST|