|KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )|
DETROIT ( SCHERZER )
|965||KANSAS CITY||+187||Ov 8,-110||+195||Ov 8,+100|
|966||DETROIT||-205||Un 8,-110||-215||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||57-47||+9.5||42-55||4.2||0.268||0.321||3.8||0.259||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.3||2-4||4.0||0.288||0.336||2.9||0.207||0.245|
|vs Right-handed Starters||62-40||+7||51-48||5.2||0.292||0.351||3.8||0.244||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.9||2-5||3.1||0.230||0.279||2.7||0.252||0.308|
|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)||3-4||L||-110||7.5 ev||U||10||7||1||5||0||1|
|9/10/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||6-3||W||105||9 un||P||11||9||0||12||6||1|
|9/11/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||6-2||W||-115||7.5 ov||O||11||6||2||4||5||2|
|9/13/2013||CHEN(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||3-6||L||155||7.5 un||O||10||8||1||7||3||0|
|9/14/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||1-0||W||115||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||7||7||0|
|9/15/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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)||9-1||W||-155||9 ov||O||15||11||1||7||5||4|
|9/11/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||1-0||W||-170||8 ev||U||10||11||0||5||8||1|
|9/13/2013||VERLANDER(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||6-3||W||-165||7.5 un||O||7||3||0||10||8||1|
|9/14/2013||FISTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||0-1||L||-125||7.5 un||U||7||7||0||8||8||0|
|9/15/2013||SCHERZER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||SCHERZER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||PORCELLO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|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 AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Tigers Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Kansas City (77-70) at Detroit (85-62), 1:08 p.m. EDT
Max Scherzer has benefited from baseball's best run support all year, but the offense behind him has seemingly disappeared since he notched his 19th win.
The Detroit Tigers hope a matchup with the Kansas City Royals' Jeremy Guthrie can help reverse that trend.
Scherzer makes his fourth attempt at becoming the majors' first 20-game winner on Sunday as Detroit hosts Kansas City.
Offense came at a premium for both clubs in a 1-0 victory for Kansas City on Saturday as an RBI triple by Eric Hosmer in the first inning accounted for the game's lone run. A great throw from left field by Alex Gordon and relay from Alcides Escobar nailed Prince Fielder at the plate for the game's final out when the Tigers first baseman tried to score from first on a double.
The victory clinched the season series for Kansas City (78-70) for the first time since taking 11 of 18 games in 2008. It also pulled the Royals even with Baltimore in the AL wild-card chase and within one-half game of the New York Yankees as both teams lost Saturday.
"We had to win this ballgame and the manner in which we did it was just exciting," manager Ned Yost said.
The Tigers (85-63) hope Scherzer (19-3, 3.01 ERA) can help trim their magic number from 10. But he's surrendered 13 runs in 16 innings over his last three starts, losing the last two for his first back-to-back defeats since April 24 and 29 of last year.
He didn't help himself with a throwing error in a 5-1 road loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday while allowing five runs - four earned - over a season-low four innings. Just one of the six hits was for extra bases, however.
"I'm not going to beat myself up over this outing," Scherzer said. "I've been pitching too well this year to do that. I'm just focused on what I can control and I just need to go out there and pitch the way I'm capable of."
Scherzer's 6.81 run-support average leads the majors, and he received an average of 7.32 runs while going 19-1 in his first 26 starts. But he's received a total of two runs of support in his last three outings.
He didn't need his best to secure victories in all three starts versus Kansas City earlier this year, posting a 4.05 ERA while receiving 16 runs of support over 20 innings.
Meanwhile, after being shut out for the 10th time Saturday, the Tigers have good reason to believe the runs will come a little easier against Guthrie (14-10, 4.11), who is 2-1 in three starts versus Detroit this year but with a 5.12 ERA.
Guthrie yielded four runs and a career-worst 13 hits over seven innings of a 4-1 road loss to the Tigers on Aug. 15.
Fielder and Andy Dirks are a combined 17 for 39 (.436) off Guthrie while Miguel Cabrera is 12 for 36 with three homers, nine RBIs and five walks.
Gordon is 9 for 25 off Scherzer with seven walks while Salvador Perez is 6 for 15.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 7:49:14 PM EST|