|DETROIT ( VERLANDER )|
KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )
|919||DETROIT||-150||Ov 8,-110||-160||Ov 8.5,-105|
|920||KANSAS CITY||+140||Un 8,-110||+150||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-30||+0.8||37-34||5.0||0.282||0.343||3.7||0.238||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-4.2||3-3||4.0||0.256||0.313||4.6||0.289||0.354|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-32||+3.4||28-36||4.2||0.264||0.318||3.9||0.254||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.5||3-4||2.3||0.220||0.285||4.4||0.259||0.322|
|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)||0-1||L||-130||8.5 ov||U||2||2||1||5||8||0|
|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||VERLANDER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||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|
|7/26/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ 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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Detroit (52-42) at Kansas City (43-49), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Justin Verlander has continued his domination of the Kansas City Royals this season but has yet to earn a win against them.
Verlander will try to change that while helping the Detroit Tigers start turning around their lackluster record in this year's series Saturday night.
Verlander is 15-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 25 career starts against Kansas City and has posted a 0.64 ERA in his two matchups this season. The Tigers' bullpen, though, has failed to hold on to leads in both games, and he's received a total of five runs of support.
Verlander pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in his most recent meeting with the Royals on June 12, but Drew Smyly and Jose Valverde combined to give up two runs in the ninth in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings.
In the final game before the All-Star break Sunday, Verlander (10-6, 3.50 ERA) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a 5-0 win over Texas.
He's hoping a change in routine will help him earn another victory. Verlander has had only one throwing session since his last start in order to help him rest.
"I think it's going to rejuvenate him," pitching coach Jeff Jones told the team's website. "It's been a battle for him. He's worked as hard as you can work trying to figure some things out.
"We've spent a lot of time in the video room working on various things that he's gotten away from that he's done in the past. I think he's starting the throw the ball really well."
The Tigers (52-43) were shut out for the seventh time this year in their return from the break Friday. They produced a season-low two hits in a 1-0 defeat to Kansas City (44-49).
Billy Butler's RBI single in the first inning was all the Royals needed to snap a five-game skid. After going 13-5 in last season's series, the Tigers are 2-4 against Kansas City in 2013.
"I did not know that was going to be enough," Butler said. "It was a pitcher's duel, old-fashioned."
Jeremy Guthrie (8-7, 4.25) will try to help his team win consecutive games with another strong home start against Detroit. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA in his last three matchups with the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.
Guthrie gave up two runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 3-2 win there June 10, his only meeting with Detroit this season.
Unlike Verlander, Guthrie wasn't sharp in his final start before the break. He gave up five runs over seven innings in a 5-3 loss in Cleveland last Saturday.
Four of those runs came on one swing from Lonnie Chisenhall in the sixth inning. The grand slam was the 22nd homer that Guthrie has allowed this season.
"Jeremy was really good, really good tonight," manager Ned Yost said. "I thought that inning just kind of developed."
The performance dropped the right-hander to 1-4 with a 5.80 ERA in his last six starts. Guthrie is 0-1 with an 11.42 ERA in his last two home outings after going 5-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his first six this season.
Butler has more hits off Verlander than any other batter, going 24 for 57 (.421) with two homers and 10 RBIs.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:43:34 AM EST|