|DETROIT ( VERLANDER )|
MINNESOTA ( PELFREY )
|967||DETROIT||-185||Ov 8,+100||-185||Ov 8,+110|
|968||MINNESOTA||+175||Un 8,-120||+175||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||65-42||+5.9||54-49||5.1||0.293||0.351||3.8||0.243||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+0.9||5-1||5.3||0.293||0.358||4.7||0.239||0.296|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-69||-2.5||51-62||3.8||0.237||0.304||4.8||0.282||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.7||5-2||3.1||0.242||0.294||8.3||0.325||0.395|
|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)||3-2||W||-185||8 un||U||13||10||0||6||4||0|
|9/20/2013||SCHERZER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||12-5||W||-310||8 un||O||18||11||0||9||6||2|
|9/21/2013||PORCELLO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||7-6||W||-135||7.5 un||O||11||11||2||12||8||0|
|9/22/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)||3-6||L||-240||7.5 un||O||11||7||1||11||10||0|
|9/23/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||FISTER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||FLYNN(L)|| |
|9/29/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|9/9/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||6-3||W||+150||8.5 ov||O||11||12||0||12||9||1|
|9/13/2013||CORREIA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||0-3||L||+145||8 un||U||5||5||1||9||6||1|
|9/14/2013||ALBERS(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-7||L||+145||7.5 ov||U||4||7||1||10||8||0|
|9/15/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||6-4||W||+200||7.5 un||O||10||5||1||6||8||0|
|9/16/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)||1-12||L||110||8.5 un||O||8||10||0||13||7||1|
|9/17/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-4||L||135||7.5 ov||U||10||10||0||11||11||3|
|9/18/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-3||W||130||8.5 ov||U||7||4||1||6||4||0|
|9/19/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||6-8||L||187||7.5 un||O||10||10||0||11||7||2|
|9/20/2013||ALBERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||0-11||L||190||7.5 un||O||6||7||4||11||3||0|
|9/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||1-9||L||225||8 ov||O||6||4||2||16||9||0|
|9/22/2013||DE VRIES(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||7-11||L||230||8 un||O||12||7||0||11||6||1|
|9/28/2013|| ||CLEVELAND||KLUBER(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.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Twins Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Detroit (91-64) at Minnesota (65-89), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Tigers were unable to wrap up the AL Central in front of their home fans.
But considering their weak competition over the final week, they shouldn't have too much trouble doing so on the road.
Justin Verlander takes the mound in Monday night's opener versus a Minnesota Twins team he hasn't lost to in 12 meetings.
The Tigers' magic number to clinch the AL Central remained at two following a 6-3 home loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday as well as Cleveland's 9-2 victory over Houston. Even with a Detroit (91-65) win on Monday, the division couldn't be clinched until Tuesday night at the earliest, when the Indians open their series with the White Sox.
Playing without Miguel Cabrera on Sunday due to groin soreness after he was 3 for 4 in Saturday's 7-6, 12-inning victory, the Tigers were unable to produce a similar late rally. However, Texas' 4-0 loss at Kansas City guaranteed Detroit at least a tie for a wild card.
Cabrera said he hopes to play Monday.
"Everybody wanted to clinch at home," said Brayan Pena, who scored in the ninth after doubling as a pinch-hitter. "But it doesn't matter how we do it. We just want to do it, because if we do it, everybody knows that we're coming back here. And those fans, they really deserve that."
After this series, the Tigers close their season with three games against NL-worst Miami.
"We should be envious of the situation they're in," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire told the team's official website. "Hopefully, guys watching that can see where we need to get to. It should be making them hungry for it. We don't want to see all this, we want to play good baseball."
The Twins (65-90), who come off Sunday's 11-7 loss at Oakland and are 3-14 in their last 17 at home, have had a hard time beating Verlander. The right-hander is 9-0 with a 2.22 ERA in 11 starts against them since suffering a 2-0 loss April 27, 2010.
He didn't get a decision while struggling in the last meeting, however, giving up six runs and 10 hits over seven innings of a 7-6 loss on Aug. 22.
Verlander (13-12, 3.66 ERA) is 1-4 with a 4.12 ERA over his last eight outings, with Detroit winning just once. His walk rate of 3.1 per nine innings is his highest since 2008, also the last season in which he posted a higher ERA than the one he currently owns.
Minnesota will counter with Mike Pelfrey (5-13, 5.34), who is in danger of losing his fourth straight start for the first time since dropping six in a row from April 25-May 26, 2008. He has recorded a 10.13 ERA in his latest three losses, throwing only 13 1-3 innings. The right-hander also received exactly one run of support in each of his last five starts.
Pelfrey is 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA in four starts versus Detroit this year. Omar Infante, who is batting .360 over his last six games, is 15 for 37 off him.
Prince Fielder has hit safely in eight consecutive games after connecting for his 25th home run Sunday and is 8 for 23 versus Pelfrey with three homers.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 6:11:03 PM EST|