|DETROIT ( SCHERZER )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SALE )
|967||DETROIT||-145||Ov 7,-120||-135||Ov 7,+100|
|968||CHI WHITE SOX||+135||Un 7,+100||+125||Un 7,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-22||-16.5||24-16||4.9||0.270||0.339||4.3||0.263||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.6||2-5||4.1||0.291||0.333||5.3||0.282||0.343|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-62||-12||40-59||3.6||0.249||0.298||4.2||0.253||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.1||3-4||2.6||0.209||0.250||4.9||0.268||0.317|
|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)||16-2||W||-110||7.5 ev||O||26||11||1||10||9||0|
|9/7/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||3-4||L||-120||8 ov||U||5||7||0||8||4||0|
|9/8/2013||FISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||2-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||U||6||3||0||10||5||0|
|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||VERLANDER(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|9/14/2013||FISTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||SCHERZER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|8/30/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||3-4||L||160||9 ov||U||6||5||0||6||10||0|
|8/31/2013||DANKS(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||2-7||L||195||9 un||P||5||5||1||15||11||0|
|9/1/2013||RIENZO(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-7||L||215||9.5 ev||O||11||7||1||8||8||0|
|9/2/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||1-9||L||130||8.5 un||O||7||5||3||11||7||0|
|9/3/2013||SALE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-6||L||130||7 ov||O||7||5||2||9||6||1|
|9/4/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-6||L||165||8.5 ov||O||8||8||1||8||5||1|
|9/5/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||1-3||L||150||8.5 ev||U||5||4||0||7||3||0|
|9/6/2013||DANKS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)||0-4||L||175||8 un||U||5||4||1||9||4||0|
|9/7/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||160||8.5 un||U||7||5||3||13||12||1|
|9/8/2013||RIENZO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||4-2||W||187||9 un||U||10||7||1||6||8||0|
|9/16/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-White Sox Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Detroit (82-60) at Chicago (56-85), 8:10 p.m. EDT
While Max Scherzer takes another attempt at his 20th win, the Detroit Tigers aren't likely to have a breakout performance offensively with Chris Sale on the mound.
Scherzer again looks to become the first pitcher to reach the 20-win mark while dealing the White Sox their 10th loss in 11 games Monday night when a pair of All-Star pitchers face off in Chicago.
Aside from a 16-run outburst at Kansas City on Friday, the Tigers (82-61) have totaled 13 runs while dropping five of seven in September. They managed just six hits in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Royals, but still lead the AL Central by 5 1/2 games.
Detroit, though, may not need a whole lot of scoring with Scherzer (19-2, 2.88 ERA) facing the last-place White Sox (57-85).
Scherzer, who ranks in majors' top 10 in wins, strikeouts (209), ERA and opponent batting average (.196), is 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his last five starts against Chicago.
He's 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last two outings at U.S. Cellular Field, though the White Sox pulled out a 4-3, 11-inning win there Aug. 13. The right-hander also held Chicago to three hits over 7 2-3 innings in a 3-0 home win on Aug. 3.
Now Scherzer will make his third bid to become the Tigers' second 20-game winner in three years.
Scherzer limited the Red Sox to two runs and five hits over seven-plus innings Tuesday but lost 2-1. It was his first defeat on the road, where he's 8-1 with a 2.17 ERA in 14 starts.
"He pitched terrific," manager Jim Leyland said. "Early on, I thought he was as sharp as he's been all year."
Adam Dunn is 5 for 27 with 14 strikeouts the past four seasons against Scherzer, but he's batting .375 with two homers against the Tigers this year. The slugger belted his 31st home run Sunday as Chicago avoided a winless 10-game road trip with a 4-2 victory at Baltimore.
The White Sox will try win for the fifth time in six home games behind Sale (10-12, 2.97), who needs one strikeout to join Wilbur Wood and Gary Peters as the only lefties in franchise history to record 200 strikeouts in a single season.
"We want to win as many games from here on out as we can," Sale told the league's official website. "We might not be in playoff contention, but we have pride on the line."
Since yielding eight runs in a loss to Texas on Aug. 23, Sale has returned to his elite form by fanning 18 and allowing three earned runs in his last two starts.
He's pitched well versus the Tigers this season, going 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA with 25 strikeouts in three starts. He pitched a nine-hitter in a 6-2 home win Aug. 12.
Miguel Cabrera, who leads the majors in batting average (.353) and RBIs (133), homered off Sale in that contest and is 3 for 7 with two homers against him this season. Cabrera, though, has gone 2 for 14 in his last five games overall as he continues to deal with an abdominal strain.
Teammate Victor Martinez should be happy to see Sale since he's 8 for 11 against him this season. He's also batting .408 in 13 games versus the White Sox.
The Tigers have won eight of 13 meetings this season, including four of seven in Chicago.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 1:41:01 PM EST|