|DETROIT ( SANCHEZ )|
KANSAS CITY ( SANTANA )
|973||DETROIT||-130||Ov 8.5,-115||-130||Ov 8.5,-105|
|974||KANSAS CITY||+120||Un 8.5,-105||+120||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-29||+2.1||37-33||5.1||0.284||0.345||3.7||0.238||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.9||3-3||4.6||0.268||0.336||4.7||0.295||0.352|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-32||+2.2||28-35||4.2||0.265||0.318||4.0||0.257||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.3||3-4||2.9||0.231||0.287||4.6||0.283||0.347|
|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||SANCHEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/20/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||FISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|7/22/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/23/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/24/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|7/8/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-1||W||135||9 ov||U||10||9||0||9||10||1|
|7/9/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-1||W||135||7.5 un||U||7||6||0||6||5||0|
|7/10/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||1-8||L||130||8.5 un||O||6||7||0||9||4||0|
|7/11/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-8||L||105||8 un||O||10||9||0||11||6||2|
|7/12/2013||CHEN(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-3||L||140||8.5 un||U||5||9||0||6||6||0|
|7/13/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||3-5||L||135||9 un||U||8||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/14/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||4-6||L||-105||8 un||O||10||9||0||13||11||1|
|7/25/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ 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.
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Royals Preview* =======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Detroit (52-42) at Kansas City (43-49), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Unlike 2012, when Detroit sat third in the AL Central at the All-Star break, the Tigers currently lead the division.
That doesn't mean they're satisfied with their position.
The visiting Tigers look to pick up where they left off and hand the Kansas City Royals a sixth consecutive loss Friday night.
At this point last season, Detroit was 3 1/2 games out of first in the Central, but ultimately won 15 of the last 22 to win the division. The Tigers (52-42) currently have a 1 1/2-game lead over Cleveland, but collectively feel they have not hit their stride.
"I don't think we've showed our potential yet," pitcher Justin Verlander told the Tigers' official website. "I think we've been a little bit inconsistent, but hey, you can't be too upset. We're in first place and that's where we want to be."
The Tigers have won nine of 13 since losing six of seven, and took two of three from Texas prior to the break.
Paced by reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers lead the majors with a .281 batting average and are second with 477 runs and a .348 on-base percentage.
Looking to become the first player ever to record back-to-back Triple Crown seasons, Cabrera leads the majors in average (.365), RBIs (95) and is second in homers (30). He's hit .397 in his last 16 games at Kansas City (43-49).
Detroit starting pitchers also lead the AL with 44 victories, but scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 2.93 ERA) allowed five runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on July 11 in his second start since returning from a strained shoulder.
"I think the more important thing is this is my second start back from the DL," said Sanchez, who yielded a run in five innings of a 9-4 win at Cleveland on July 6. "Everything is there, so I just have to work a little bit more with my command."
The right-hander gave up a run and 10 hits over 16 innings while going 1-1 against the Royals last season. He tossed a three-hitter and struck out 10 during a 2-0 win over Kansas City on Sept. 25.
Kansas City is 3-2 against the Tigers this season, but eight games behind the reigning AL champs in the Central. That gap was just five as recently as July 9, but the Royals were outscored 30-12 during their skid heading into the break.
"We're still in the midst of this tough stretch," manager Ned Yost told the team's official website. "You've got to keep your head above water."
Catcher Salvador Perez was one of three Kansas City All-Stars, but he's 2 for 27 in his last seven games.
Fellow All-Star Alex Gordon is 3 for 22 with 11 strikeouts in the last six. He went 1 for 11 when the Royals took two of three at home from Detroit last month.
Kansas City starter Ervin Santana (5-6, 3.37) had gone 2-0 with a 2.27 ERA while delivering seven straight quality starts before allowing eight runs and 10 hits in five innings of an 8-4 loss to the New York Yankees on July 11.
The right-hander lasted at least six innings in each of his 17 previous starts.
Facing the Tigers for the first time with Kansas City, Santana was 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA in his last seven starts against them with the Angels.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 3:08:14 AM EST|