|DETROIT ( FISTER )|
BOSTON ( LACKEY )
|917||DETROIT||+120||Ov 9,-105||+125||Ov 9,-105|
|918||BOSTON||-130||Un 9,-115||-135||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||59-38||+5.9||48-46||5.1||0.290||0.349||3.7||0.241||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||5-2||5.3||0.341||0.402||6.4||0.312||0.374|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-37||+8.2||43-43||5.2||0.277||0.346||4.3||0.251||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||3-3||6.4||0.304||0.384||2.9||0.190||0.247|
|8/23/2013||FISTER(R)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||6-1||W||-175||8 un||U||8||5||0||10||10||0|
|8/24/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||3-0||W||-130||6 un||U||15||12||0||3||7||0|
|8/25/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||11-3||W||-150||7.5 un||O||18||9||0||4||3||0|
|9/2/2013||FISTER(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/4/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|9/8/2013||FISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|8/19/2013||LESTER(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||7-0||W||-120||7 un||P||12||9||1||6||7||1|
|8/20/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||2-3||L||-155||7 ev||U||7||7||0||8||9||0|
|8/21/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||12-1||W||-160||7.5 un||O||12||4||0||5||3||2|
|8/23/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||0-2||L||-105||7.5 un||U||2||2||0||3||1||0|
|8/24/2013||LESTER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-2||W||110||7 ov||U||8||6||1||5||6||0|
|8/25/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||8-1||W||-115||7.5 ev||O||12||6||0||3||3||0|
|8/30/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||4-3||W||-170||9 ov||U||6||10||0||6||5||0|
|8/31/2013||PEAVY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||7-2||W||-215||9 un||P||15||11||0||5||5||1|
|9/1/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||7-6||W||-235||9.5 ev||O||8||8||0||11||7||1|
|9/5/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|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.
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Red Sox Preview* ========================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Detroit (80-56) at Boston (81-56), 1:35 p.m. EDT
The most productive offenses in baseball have lifted the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers to the AL's top records.
The availability of the majors' best hitter for a showdown between the clubs remains uncertain.
A banged-up Miguel Cabrera has sat out the last two days heading into Monday's opener of a three-game set at Fenway Park, where his Tigers have been awful over the past decade.
An abdominal strain kept Cabrera sidelined over the weekend after it caused him to leave games early Thursday and Friday. The injury bothered him throughout August - he's also battled hip and leg problems - and manager Jim Leyland said he's unsure when Cabrera will return.
"According to the medical people, that thing can heal while playing," said Leyland, whose club was 8-1 without the reigning AL Triple Crown winner until falling 4-0 to Cleveland on Sunday.
Cabrera has hit .418 with five homers and 18 RBIs in his last 13 games against Boston, going 8 for 15 as Detroit took three of four June 20-23 in the teams' first series.
Both clubs' division leads have since increased. The Red Sox (82-56) are atop the East with the AL's best record, having won seven of eight, and the Tigers (80-57) lead the Central by 7 1/2 games.
Detroit's 699 runs scored are one more than Boston, and no other team is within 40. Led by Cabrera's major league-best .358 average, the Tigers are batting .286 to lead the majors and Boston is next at .274.
Detroit heads into a nine-game trip with an AL-best 19-8 road record since July 2, but is 9-30 at Fenway since the start of 2003, losing 11 of 12 series there.
The Tigers will face a pitcher who has excelled at Fenway in John Lackey (8-11, 3.19). The right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 10 home starts, though he's been pitching well nearly everywhere despite a 1-5 record in eight outings since the All-Star break.
Lackey received no run support in half of those games. He's provided quality starts in three straight and five of six, and he's pitched into the seventh inning in 14 consecutive starts.
"I would like to have more wins than I have right now, but that's not the goal," Lackey told the team's official website. "The goal is for the team to win games."
He threw seven innings of two-run ball at Detroit on June 20, but Boston's bullpen blew a late lead in the 4-3 loss. He's 6-2 with a 3.87 ERA against the Tigers.
Counterpart Doug Fister (11-7, 3.81) has not done as well against his opponent. He's pitched a combined 8 1-3 innings in losing his last two starts to the Red Sox, surrendering six runs and 11 hits in each.
The right-hander was similarly shelled Wednesday, allowing season highs of seven runs and 13 hits in a 14-4 loss to Oakland. Fister was 5-1 with a 2.39 ERA in his previous eight outings.
"Fister today was just a little up, not as sharp with the sinker as he has been pretty much the last few months," catcher Alex Avila told the Tigers' official website. "... It was kind of like a hiccup. Get it over with and move on."
Shane Victorino was 3 for 3 with a homer off Fister in Boston's 10-6 win June 21, but his status is unclear after leaving Sunday with a bruised hip.
Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson may miss a second straight game with a shoulder injury.
Victor Martinez has been hot for the Tigers, hitting .531 over his past eight games, and he's 10 for 24 (.417) off Lackey.
David Ortiz is 5 for 9 with six RBIs following an 0-for-23 drought, moving within two hits of 2,000, and he's batted .442 in his last 11 games against Detroit.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 11:28:56 PM EST|