|DETROIT ( PORCELLO )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( JOHNSON )
|923||DETROIT||-160||Ov 9,-110||-155||Ov 9,-110|
|924||CHI WHITE SOX||+150||Un 9,-110||+145||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||61-39||+7.2||50-47||5.2||0.292||0.351||3.8||0.244||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.3||2-5||4.3||0.268||0.310||5.4||0.294||0.348|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-62||-10.8||40-60||3.7||0.249||0.299||4.2||0.252||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.9||2-5||3.1||0.215||0.265||3.7||0.245||0.291|
|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)||1-5||L||-130||7 ov||U||4||3||1||8||5||0|
|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)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||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|
|9/17/2013|| ||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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Detroit (82-61) at Chicago (57-85), 8:10 p.m. EDT
With Miguel Cabrera tossed early in Monday's series opener, the Detroit Tigers failed to manage much offense in a loss to the Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers hope for better fortunes Tuesday night against rookie Erik Johnson in his second career start, and Rick Porcello could certainly use the run support given his recent outings.
Detroit (82-62) lost for the fifth time in six contests as Chris Sale outpitched Max Scherzer in Chicago on Monday. Sale yielded one run and four hits over eight innings while Scherzer gave up five runs and six hits in four innings while being charged with back-to-back losses for the first time this year.
Cabrera was ejected in the first inning after complaining that he had been hit in the leg by a pitch. Manager Jim Leyland was also ejected for the 72nd time in his career after coming out in defense of the reigning MVP.
"The guy's the best hitter in the game, so it does change the game - the dynamic of it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "But I think the way Chris was throwing tonight and the way we scored I would hope that he would have been able to still do the same stuff."
The Tigers are 2-6 in September. Excluding a 16-2 win at Kansas City on Friday, they've totaled 14 runs this month. Torii Hunter, who is batting .297 on the season, is 4 for 31 since Sept. 1, dropping his average 10 points.
Cleveland's win over Kansas City on Monday trimmed the Tigers' edge to 4 1/2 games in the AL Central.
The White Sox (58-85), who have won two in a row after dropping nine straight, hope Johnson (0-1, 4.50 ERA) can improve on a mediocre major league debut. He gave up five runs - three earned - and seven hits over six innings of a 6-5 loss at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
Forty-five of the 23-year-old's 105 pitches were balls as he issued three walks.
"It was a great feeling to be out there," said Johnson, who admitted nerves played a factor. "I think I could have just filled up the strike zone a bit better, worked ahead, especially with all my pitches. That was the main thing."
Detroit counters with Porcello (11-8, 4.76), who has posted a 6.55 ERA over his last six starts but still went 3-2, receiving an average of 5.45 runs of support.
Porcello had gone his first 145 career starts without giving up more than two homers before yielding three, along with nine runs and four other hits in five-plus innings of a 20-4 loss at Boston on Wednesday. He had given up three home runs in his previous eight starts combined.
"I didn't think Ricky pitched that bad that he takes a statistical hit with his ERA," Leyland said "They were hitting them out like ping pong balls."
All three homers came against left-handed batters, who have an on-base plus slugging of .839 off Porcello this year compared to a .619 figure for right-handers.
Lefty Adam Dunn is 7 for 19 off Porcello lifetime with two home runs.
Porcello has seen favorable results against the White Sox, going 8-1 with a 2.50 ERA over the last 11 matchups, including a 3-0 mark in four starts this year. Gordon Beckham is 10 for 23 off him with four doubles but Chicago's leading batter, Alexei Ramirez, is 8 for 43 (.186).
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 10:43:50 AM EST|