|COLORADO ( MATZEK )|
DETROIT ( PORCELLO )
|929||COLORADO||+190||Ov 8.5,-125||+187||Ov 8.5,-125|
|930||DETROIT||-210||Un 8.5,+105||-205||Un 8.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-47||-19||39-30||4.8||0.282||0.329||5.3||0.270||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||2-5||3.7||0.245||0.306||3.9||0.275||0.339|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-14||+2.5||16-19||4.3||0.281||0.335||4.0||0.258||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||3-4||3.0||0.244||0.300||4.3||0.290||0.329|
|7/19/2014||ANDERSON(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||2-3||L||150||7.5 un||U||7||2||1||8||10||0|
|7/20/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||3-5||L||160||8 un||P||8||5||2||12||11||0|
|7/23/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||6-4||W||+140||10 un||P||11||8||3||12||10||1|
|7/28/2014||FLANDE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)||1-4||L||130||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||8||3||0|
|7/29/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||3-4||L||-110||7.5 ov||U||9||12||0||12||16||1|
|7/30/2014||ANDERSON(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||6-4||W||-110||7.5 un||O||12||9||1||14||7||0|
|7/31/2014||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-3||L||185||8.5 ov||U||5||6||0||6||4||0|
|8/1/2014||MORALES(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||2-4||L||205||9 ov||U||9||8||0||8||8||0|
|8/2/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|8/3/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||ANDERSON(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/6/2014||LYLES(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/7/2014||MORALES(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|8/8/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|8/9/2014|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|7/21/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ ARIZONA||NUNO(L)||4-3||W||-130||9 un||U||9||6||0||8||7||0|
|7/22/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)||4-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||10||9||0||6||3||0|
|7/23/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||11-5||W||-140||8.5 un||O||13||6||0||13||6||1|
|7/24/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||6-4||W||110||7 ov||O||11||8||0||8||4||0|
|7/25/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||1-2||L||120||8.5 ov||U||6||6||0||7||6||1|
|7/26/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||0-4||L||105||8.5 un||U||4||3||1||8||8||0|
|7/27/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||1-2||L||120||8.5 ov||U||3||2||1||7||3||0|
|7/29/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-11||L||-165||8 un||O||12||8||3||15||7||0|
|7/30/2014||SCHERZER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||7-2||W||-250||8.5 un||O||13||8||0||7||4||0|
|7/31/2014||SMYLY(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-7||L||-180||9 un||O||9||10||1||16||11||1|
|8/3/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|8/4/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|8/7/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)|| |
|8/8/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|8/9/2014|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|COLORADO: DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau wears Larry Walker's old number and is stepping in for Todd Helton.|
Just so it's clear, though: He doesn't expect to be the next Walker and certainly isn't trying to make Colorado Rockies fans forget all about Helton, the everyday first baseman in the Mile High City since 1997.
Morneau can only be himself, a slick fielder who's a four-time All-Star and former AL MVP.
That's not too bad, either.
Still, the Rockies wouldn't mind if Morneau channeled a little bit of those two Colorado icons to help them get back to the postseason. But that's a lot of cleats to fill, especially when it comes to Helton, the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category.
Morneau's goals are more modest: Slide seamlessly into to this potent lineup, one that includes good friend and reigning NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The 32-year-old Morneau knows the comparisons to Helton are inevitable. No. 17 spent 17 seasons in purple pinstripes, endearing himself to the community. The team will honor Helton on Aug. 17 when they retire his number (although Helton's first send-off will be hard to top, when the club gave him a horse in his last home game).
''From the outside looking in, it looks like I'm coming in to replace him,'' said Morneau, who wears No. 33 because of Walker, his boyhood idol. ''But that's not my thought process. My thought process is to just come in and be me and do what I can do.''
Cuddyer thinks Morneau will fit in just fine.
''If you think about the guy you're replacing, you're already not doing yourself a good service,'' said Cuddyer, who was teammates with Morneau in Minnesota. ''He respects (Helton), but he also understands he has to go out there and be himself.''
|DETROIT: DETROIT (AP) - When Justin Verlander takes the mound for Detroit on opening day, maybe then the Tigers will be able to enjoy a much-needed sense of normalcy.|
As an offseason of drama gave way to spring training injuries, it was easy to forget the Tigers still have one of the most talented rosters in baseball. Sure, there have been some early problems for new manager Brad Ausmus to address, Detroit still figures to be the favorite to win its fourth consecutive AL Central title.
''We have a new look this year,'' outfielder Torii Hunter said. ''Little bit more speed and we'll miss the big man, but we'll score some runs.''
The ''big man'' is Prince Fielder, whom the Tigers traded to Texas in a blockbuster deal that brought second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit. That move gave the Tigers more financial flexibility, although they weren't all that aggressive in pursuing free agents. Detroit did sign Joe Nathan to replace departed closer Joaquin Benoit.
The Tigers also traded right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
Lately, the focus has been on right-hander Max Scherzer, who enters his final season before free agency after winning the Cy Young Award in 2013. Negotiations with the Tigers on a long-term deal have stalled.
''They respect where I'm at. I respect where they're at, and we'll revisit this after the season,'' Scherzer said. ''I still want to be in Detroit. I love this clubhouse and everything about it. There's been a history of this team signing free agents so hopefully I'll be a part of that history as well.''
But right now Scherzer's future is uncertain, and with Hunter and Victor Martinez in the final season of their contracts, it's hard to say what Detroit's 2015 roster will look like.
So the Tigers may never have a better chance to win a World Series with this group than right now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Tigers Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Colorado (44-64) at Detroit (58-47), 7:08 p.m. EDT
The acquisition of David Price gave the Detroit Tigers a collection of former Cy Young Award winners in their rotation, but it's been the consistent Rick Porcello who quietly is having the best season of his career.
Porcello looks to tie for the major league lead in wins Saturday night as the first-place Tigers look to take the first two of this three-game set with the visiting Colorado Rockies.
With Price joining Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer in the rotation, Detroit (59-47) possesses the last three AL Cy Young winners.
Porcello, however, hasn't looked anything like merely a No. 4 starter this season. Since allowing seven runs in a loss to Tampa Bay on July 6, Porcello (12-5, 3.24 ERA) has gone 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA in three starts while pitching seven innings in each.
He gave up an unearned run and struck out six Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels before the Tigers fell 2-1. The run scored when the only man Porcello allowed to reach second base scored on his errant pickoff attempt, leading to Detroit's first loss in 12 games in which the right-hander allowed fewer than three runs.
Porcello will get his first look at Colorado since June 17, 2011, when he allowed a career worst-tying nine runs in a 13-6 road loss.
The Rockies (44-65) may have some trouble coming close to that run total this time. They've averaged just 2.6 runs during the first five of a seven-game road trip after falling 4-2 to the Tigers on Friday.
Potentially making matters worse, Carlos Gonzalez left after making a highlight-reel grab in foul ground to end the fifth inning, aggravating a sprained right ankle. He's played in 14 games after missing 35 with a left index finger injury, and his status for this contest is unclear.
Colorado, which has lost five of six overall, has the worst record in the NL and will send Tyler Matzek to the mound.
Matzek (2-5, 4.39) was scheduled to start Thursday against the Chicago Cubs, but he was pushed back after giving up the winning run in the 16th inning of a 4-3 loss to the Cubs in Tuesday's marathon.
"I think I'm fine - an extra bullpen (session) between starts for me," Matzek told MLB's official website. "I've always been really durable. It felt fine that night and it feels fine now."
The left-hander had the best outing of his rookie season in his most recent start, giving up three hits in seven scoreless innings of an 8-1 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
He'll face a Detroit team coming off just its second victory in its last seven games as Rajai Davis, who played center field after Austin Jackson was traded to Seattle in the three-team Price trade, had a two-run single in the fifth. He drove in one run in his previous 13 contests.
With the game scoreless in the fifth and the Tigers having runners on second and third with one out, Rockies manager Walt Weiss gambled and brought the infield in.
"We can't play it safe. We're going to roll the dice," Weiss said. "In the position we're in, we're going to go for it. Davis found a hole. I'd do it again every time."
Colorado has dropped 16 of 18 on the road.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 3:28:02 AM EST|