|DETROIT ( SANCHEZ )|
KANSAS CITY ( SHIELDS )
|919||DETROIT||-115||Ov 8,+100||-110||Ov 7.5,+100|
|920||KANSAS CITY||+105||Un 8,-120||+100||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-39||+6.2||49-47||5.1||0.289||0.348||3.8||0.243||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-4||4.6||0.311||0.359||5.6||0.279||0.343|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-44||+8.2||40-51||4.2||0.266||0.321||3.7||0.258||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||2-5||3.9||0.264||0.307||3.3||0.230||0.282|
|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)||3-0||W||135||9 ev||U||8||5||0||6||8||1|
|9/3/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||1-2||L||100||8.5 un||U||9||8||0||6||8||1|
|9/4/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||4-20||L||110||9.5 un||O||8||6||1||19||4||0|
|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||SCHERZER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|9/10/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|8/26/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||11-1||W||+105||9 ev||O||13||6||0||7||9||0|
|8/27/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||6-1||W||-155||8.5 un||U||13||10||0||4||5||1|
|8/28/2013||DUFFY(L)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)||8-1||W||-120||8.5 un||O||13||8||0||6||5||2|
|8/29/2013||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||3-1||W||-125||8 ev||U||6||4||0||5||4||0|
|8/30/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||2-3||L||-120||8.5 un||U||9||8||1||4||5||0|
|8/31/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||2-4||L||105||8.5 ov||U||8||8||1||10||6||0|
|9/1/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||5-0||W||-150||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||3||4||2|
|9/9/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Detroit (81-59) at Kansas City (72-67), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Tigers seem to be cruising to an AL Central title, and Anibal Sanchez is on the cusp of the matching a career-best winning streak.
Sanchez goes for a sixth straight victory Friday night when the Tigers open this three-game road series against the Kansas City Royals, the most recent team to defeat him.
Detroit (81-59) leads the division by 6 1/2 games on second-place Cleveland with 22 to play.
"It's all about winning games," third baseman Miguel Cabrera told the team's official website.
Sanchez (12-7, 2.68 ERA), the AL ERA leader, is doing his part to help the Tigers match a franchise record with a third straight trip to the postseason.
The right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA over eight starts since taking a 1-0 loss at Kansas City (73-67) on July 19. He allowed one run with a season-high five walks in six innings.
Sanchez lost his only other outing there by the same score Aug. 29, 2012, yielding one run in seven innings.
Some help from the offense could be just what he needs to match his career high of six straight wins with the Florida Marlins from April 22-June 10, 2011.
Sanchez got plenty of support Saturday, when he allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 10-5 home win over the Indians.
That was the first of four games over a five-contest stretch without Cabrera, who has been hampered by an abdomen injury.
The Tigers could have used him in Wednesday's 20-4 loss at Boston, their third in four games. Manager Jim Leyland would like to get the reigning AL MVP and Triple Crown winner back in the lineup.
"He knows he can still be a force playing handicapped," Leyland told the team's official website. "And we've been very fortunate to play as well as we have, but that luck will run out at some point if he's not in there. We've been very fortunate, but I wouldn't keep counting on that.
"It's not to slight somebody else that's in the lineup. I mean, you can miss a good player. But when you're talking about the elite, they change the strategy."
Don Kelly has started Detroit's last two games without Cabrera, and he's 4 for 23 over his last 11 contests.
Cabrera, though, is 4 for 20 (.200) with two homers and three RBIs in six games at Kansas City this year. He had a .366 average with 10 homers and 40 RBIs over his first 47 games there.
The eight-time All-Star owns a .421 average (16 for 38) with six doubles and two homers versus Royals starter James Shields (10-8, 3.03).
The Royals are trying to remain a factor in the AL wild-card race, and they're looking to win for the 10th time in 13 tries. They may have gained an emotional lift Thursday, when they erased a five-run deficit before Mike Moustakas' walkoff homer cinched a 7-6,13-inning win over Seattle.
"Every game is crucial and extremely important," manager Ned Yost said. "We've seen our players do this the majority of the year. They don't believe if we're down by five we're out of it or we're going to lose the game."
That's also been the case with Shields on the mound. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.53 ERA over his last five starts, and that includes seven innings of a 3-0 victory at Detroit on Aug. 16.
Shields was superb again Sunday, matching a season high with nine strikeouts in seven innings of a 5-0 victory at Toronto.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 9:21:29 PM EST|