|PHILADELPHIA ( PETTIBONE )|
DETROIT ( PORCELLO )
|929||PHILADELPHIA||+185||Ov 9,-105||+210||Ov 9,+105|
|930||DETROIT||-200||Un 9,-115||-230||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-42||-7.9||41-38||3.7||0.253||0.305||4.7||0.271||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-7.4||3-4||1.4||0.191||0.229||5.7||0.305||0.367|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-32||-1.4||39-35||5.0||0.282||0.342||3.7||0.240||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||3-3||5.6||0.275||0.326||2.3||0.205||0.249|
|7/14/2013||HAMELS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-3||W||-155||8 un||U||9||10||1||10||5||0|
|7/19/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||13-8||W||110||8 ov||O||15||6||0||12||7||3|
|7/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||4-5||L||-135||7.5 ov||O||10||10||0||9||6||1|
|7/21/2013||LEE(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||0-5||L||-105||6.5 un||U||4||5||0||7||3||0|
|7/23/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||1-4||L||200||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||11||10||0|
|7/24/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||3-11||L||155||8 ov||O||9||6||0||16||11||1|
|7/25/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-3||L||170||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||5||4||0|
|7/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||1-2||L||145||8 un||U||4||5||0||6||6||1|
|7/27/2013||VALDES(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||0-10||L||240||8.5 un||O||2||2||1||15||6||0|
|7/28/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||LANNAN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||KENDRICK(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||HAMELS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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)||4-7||L||-140||7.5 ov||O||5||4||1||12||5||1|
|8/2/2013||FISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|8/3/2013||SCHERZER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|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 NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Tigers Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Philadelphia (49-54) at Detroit (57-45), 1:08 p.m. EDT
With two of their top sluggers back in the lineup, the Detroit Tigers enjoyed a big day at the plate on the way to another victory.
That's something the struggling Philadelphia Phillies haven't experienced in quite a while.
Almost fully healthy, the surging Tigers will try to finish off a three-game sweep and hand the Phillies their eighth straight loss Sunday at Comerica Park.
AL Central-leading Detroit (58-45) poured on eight runs in the first two innings off fill-in starter Raul Valdes in Saturday's 10-0 win. That was more than enough for starter Max Scherzer, who became baseball's first 15-game winner.
After missing four games because of an injured left hip, Miguel Cabrera wasted little time making a contribution in his return to the lineup. He hit his 32nd home run in his first at-bat and went 2 for 3 with three RBIs to help the Tigers win their sixth in seven games.
"I'm feeling OK, so I was thinking, try to go out there and try to go and play," Cabrera said.
Torii Hunter also made an impact after sitting out Friday because of a sore left Achilles tendon, going 3 for 4 with double. He's 9 for 22 with three homers in his last five contests.
The Tigers, though, are expected to be without second baseman Omar Infante (ankle) for even longer after he suffered a setback in his rehab Saturday. Infante last played July 3.
With power hitters Ryan Howard (knee surgery) and Domonic Brown (concussion) on the shelf, Philadelphia (49-55) is batting .191 while plating only 10 runs during this losing streak. The Phillies, who haven't lost eight in a row since Sept. 18-24, 2011, had two hits Saturday.
"They came out with hot bats and we came out facing one of the best pitchers in baseball," second baseman Chase Utley said.
Laynce Nix and Michael Young have been the primary culprits, going a combined 3 for 38 during the skid.
They may have a tough time turning things around against Rick Porcello (7-6, 4.49 ERA).
Since losing three straight starts at the end of June, the right-hander has been sharp with a 1.35 ERA over a three-start winning streak. He did not allow a run for the second time in three outings Tuesday, giving up four hits over seven innings in a 6-2 win versus the White Sox.
Porcello also is 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA in his last four interleague starts at Comerica Park after holding Pittsburgh to three hits over eight shutout innings in a 1-0, 11-inning loss on May 28.
Porcello gets his first look at the Phillies, though Delmon Young (8 for 22), Ben Revere (7 for 19) and Michael Young (5 for 13) had success against him during their time in the AL. Delmon Young won the AL championship series MVP with the Tigers last season.
Philadelphia hopes to bookend a nine-game road trip with victories as it gives the ball to Jonathan Pettibone (5-4, 3.97).
Pettibone has pitched well of late, limiting the opposition to three runs or fewer in his last six starts. He's 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA while allowing only one home run over that span.
The right-hander yielded three runs over five innings Tuesday but received no runs of support in a 4-1 loss at St. Louis.
While he's 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in nine starts at Citizens Bank Park, Pettibone has gone 2-3 with a 5.62 ERA in eight road outings.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:05:39 AM EST|