|DETROIT ( VERLANDER )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( PEAVY )
|967||DETROIT||-135||Ov 8,+105||-140||Ov 7.5,-115|
|968||CHI WHITE SOX||+125||Un 8,-125||+130||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-31||+0||38-35||5.0||0.283||0.343||3.7||0.238||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.9||2-4||4.7||0.261||0.315||2.1||0.202||0.269|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-43||-11.7||32-35||3.9||0.251||0.299||4.5||0.257||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||3-3||3.9||0.249||0.300||5.1||0.267||0.325|
|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)||5-6||L||-180||8.5 ov||O||13||11||2||9||7||0|
|7/21/2013||FISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||4-1||W||-110||8 ev||U||11||5||1||7||7||0|
|7/22/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||7-3||W||-120||7.5 ev||O||10||8||0||5||1||3|
|7/23/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||6-2||W||-110||8.5 ev||U||8||6||0||5||6||4|
|7/24/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||6-2||W||-135||8 un||P||11||6||1||11||10||1|
|7/25/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||SALE(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||6-3||W||145||7.5 un||O||11||12||0||10||6||2|
|7/13/2013||DANKS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||5-4||W||105||8.5 ov||O||13||12||1||13||9||1|
|7/13/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||1-2||L||120||8.5 un||U||8||12||1||5||6||3|
|7/14/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||3-4||L||145||8 un||U||10||5||0||9||10||1|
|7/26/2013||QUINTANA(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|7/27/2013||SALE(L)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|7/29/2013||DANKS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|8/1/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|CHI WHITE SOX: HITTING: The departure of Juan Pierre opens things up for SS ALEXEI RAMIREZ to hit leadoff. 2B GORDON BECKHAM will get a fresh start, but his leash is shortening. 1B PAUL KONERKO faded last year. He's potential trade bait for the rebuilding Sox. Did DH ADAM DUNN need a year to adjust to A.L. pitching and DHing? With his contract, the Sox will have to find out. OF ALEJANDRO DE AZA's late-season surge probably wasn't for real, but it was enough to get him the inside track on a starting job with Carlos Quentin having been dealt to the Padres on New Year's Eve. OF ALEX RIOS has bounced back before, but at his age the odds are longer now. The organization believes in OF DAYAN VICIEDO. His improving approach and power fit well in U.S. Cellular, but he could platoon with KOSUKE FUKUDOME in left field. C A.J. PIERZYNSKI has motivation for one more solid season as free agency looms. 3B BRENT MOREL is good glove, but has a limited stick. OF/1B BRENT LILLIBRIDGE has an improving bat and can play just about anywhere. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOHN DANKS doesn't look like a true No. 1 starter, but he keeps consistently throwing strikes and has some swing-and-miss stuff. Maybe it's because he's fallen short of his once-elite prospect status, but GAVIN FLOYD seems to get no respect as a quality middle-of-the-rotation arm. He was especially good after adding a cutter/slider-type pitch last year. JAKE PEAVY isn't going to win another Cy Young, but unlike last year, his shoulder should be close to 100 percent. The big question will again be whether, as a flyball pitcher, he can keep the ball in the park at cozy U.S. Cellular. PHILIP HUMBER was a nice surprise in 2011, but don't be fooled. It wasn't a former top prospect finally figuring it out. It was a back-of-the-rotation arm getting some good breaks. CHRIS SALE will make the move to the rotation. He'll likely be on some pitch counts, but this is an exciting development. With his stuff (he already has a solid changeup to go with his fastball/slider combo) he has monster upside.
RELIEF PITCHING: With closer Sergio Santos shipped off to Toronto, youngster ADDISON REED figures to be the top candidate to close games. Any young closer is a risk, but Reed's fastball/slider combo has been dominant over two pro seasons. Lefty MATT THORNTON might have blown his chance to claim the closer role last year. He had regained his form as a top set-up man late in the year, but if Reed falters he might be no more than a committee guy. JESSE CRAIN chased strikeouts more aggressively last year, but he also issued more walks. He may miss the first couple weeks of the season with an oblique injury.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Cabrera out)
*Tigers-White Sox Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Detroit (56-44) at Chicago (39-59), 2:10 p.m. EDT
No matter how unfair Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland believes it may be, Justin Verlander isn't meeting expectations during an inconsistent season to date.
Verlander's stability, though, may be something Jake Peavy envies.
Detroit seeks its first four-game sweep on the South Side of Chicago in more than 33 years Thursday when Verlander opposes Peavy, who could be making his final start for the White Sox.
Verlander won the AL MVP and Cy Young Award in 2011 before helping the Tigers reach the World Series while winning 17 games last season, key reasons many believe his current numbers - a 10-7 record with a 3.69 ERA - aren't up to par.
The White Sox roughed up Verlander for five runs and a season-worst 12 hits in seven innings as he suffered an 11-4 loss July 9, allowing homers to Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo. He had gone 12-1 with a 2.33 ERA in his previous 13 starts against Chicago
Verlander bounced back from that outing by allowing one hit through seven innings - losing his no-hitter with two outs in the seventh - of a 5-0 win over Texas, but he then allowed six runs in 5 2-3 frames of a 6-5 loss to Kansas City on Saturday.
The right-hander hasn't been pleased with his performance this season given the expectations he's set for himself.
"It's been a see-saw battle," Verlander said. "I haven't been able to find it. I'm trying to find that consistency."
Leyland knows his ace is capable of getting back to that elite level.
"It's just not what you expect of him, which is a little unfair because of what you expect of him," Leyland said. "He just didn't have a Justin Verlander-type game. These things happen."
Verlander of course won't have to worry about being dealt before the July 31 trade deadline, though, something Peavy cannot boast.
Peavy (7-4, 4.19) is garnering interest from multiple teams looking to acquire another piece for their rotation, but he pitched through the rumors Saturday and allowed four runs - two earned - in six innings of a 10-6 win over Atlanta.
It marked his first start since fracturing a rib while allowing six runs in 2 1-3 innings of a 7-4 loss to Seattle on June 4.
The most recent reports have the White Sox in discussions to trade the right-hander to Boston, though Peavy is focused on the task at hand.
"Honestly, come 1 p.m. (Thursday), that'll be the last thing that I'll be thinking of," Peavy said. "I'll be worried about getting Austin Jackson out at 1 (Thursday), not anything about (which scouts may be) watching."
He likely will need to worry about the rest of the Tigers' lineup, too, as he's 0-3 with a 7.13 ERA over his last four starts against Detroit. Peavy allowed three runs - a two-run homer to Jackson and solo shot to Miguel Cabrera - in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 loss the last time he faced the Tigers on Sept. 11.
Peavy, though, won't have to worry about facing Cabrera, who will miss a third straight contest due to a left hip flexor injury.
Detroit is seeking its first four-game sweep in Chicago since June 20-22, 1980, after winning 6-2 on Wednesday.
Jackson, Torii Hunter and Prince Fielder all homered for the Tigers (56-44), who have won four straight overall.
Viciedo homered and Alejandro De Aza had three hits as the White Sox (39-59) lost for the sixth time in nine games.
Detroit has won 13 of the last 17 meetings.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 7:47:26 PM EST|