|DETROIT ( VERLANDER )|
MINNESOTA ( SANTIAGO )
|973||DETROIT||-135||Ov 8,-110||-135||Ov 8,-120|
|974||MINNESOTA||+125||Un 8,-110||+125||Un 8,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-0||+4||1-3||3.5||0.174||0.264||0.391||0.655||1.5||0.183||0.248||0.230||0.478|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.8||5-2||4.4||0.242||0.309||0.403||0.711||7.4||0.316||0.393||0.506||0.899|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-7||-4.9||3-6||3.9||0.234||0.330||0.359||0.689||4.5||0.252||0.311||0.424||0.736|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.9||2-5||3.7||0.246||0.332||0.375||0.707||4.3||0.244||0.296||0.397||0.693|
|4/14/2017||NORRIS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||7-6||W||145||8.5 un||O||12||6||1||8||12||0|
|4/15/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||6-13||L||145||8 ev||O||11||7||0||19||9||0|
|4/16/2017||BOYD(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||4-1||W||195||9 ov||U||7||5||0||8||6||0|
|4/18/2017||FULMER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)||1-5||L||100||7.5 ov||U||4||4||0||9||9||0|
|4/19/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||7-8||L||155||7.5 ev||O||9||6||1||14||8||0|
|4/20/2017||NORRIS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||RAMIREZ(R)||1-8||L||115||8 ev||O||5||6||1||11||7||0|
|4/21/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|4/22/2017||BOYD(L)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)|| |
|4/23/2017||FULMER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/7/2017||HUGHES(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||3-1||W||105||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||7||8||3|
|4/8/2017||MEJIA(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||2-6||L||105||8.5 ov||U||9||8||2||8||4||0|
|4/9/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-1||W||120||8 ev||U||8||4||0||5||10||0|
|4/11/2017||SANTIAGO(L)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||1-2||L||120||9.5 un||U||5||7||1||4||5||0|
|4/12/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)||3-5||L||125||8.5 un||U||4||4||0||6||4||0|
|4/13/2017||HUGHES(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||11-5||W||115||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||9||6||0|
|4/14/2017||MEJIA(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)||1-2||L||-160||9 ov||U||6||7||0||7||5||0|
|4/15/2017||SANTANA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||6-0||W||-115||7 ov||U||11||10||0||1||2||0|
|4/16/2017||SANTIAGO(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||1-3||L||-140||9.5 ev||U||7||9||0||10||9||0|
|4/24/2017||HUGHES(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|4/25/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)|| |
|4/26/2017||SANTIAGO(L)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|DETROIT: 2016: 86-75, second place.
Manager: Brad Ausmus (fourth season).
He's Here: C Alex Avila, OF Mikie Mahtook.
He's Outta Here: OF Cameron Maybin, SS Erick Aybar, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Casey McGehee.
Projected lineup: 2B Ian Kinsler (.288, 28 HRs, 83 RBIs), 3B Nicholas Castellanos (.285, 18, 58 in 110 games), 1B Miguel Cabrera (.316, 38, 108), DH Victor Martinez (.289, 27, 86), RF J.D. Martinez (.307, 22, 68 in 120 games), LF Justin Upton (.246, 31, 87), C James McCann (.221, 12, 48) or Alex Avila (.213, 7, 11 with White Sox), CF Mikie Mahtook (.195, 3, 11 with Tampa Bay) or Tyler Collins (.235, 4, 15), SS Jose Iglesias (.255, 4, 32).
Rotation: RH Justin Verlander (16-9, 3.04 ERA, 254 Ks), RH Michael Fulmer (11-7, 3.06), RH Jordan Zimmermann (9-7, 4.87), LH Daniel Norris (4-2, 3.38), LH Matt Boyd (6-5, 4.53).
Key relievers: RH Francisco Rodriguez (3-4, 3.24, 44/49 saves), RH Bruce Rondon (5-2, 2.97), LH Justin Wilson (4-5, 4.14, 1 save), RH Alex Wilson (4-0, 2.96), RH Anibal Sanchez (7-13, 5.87 in 35 games, 26 starts).
Hot Spot: Back of Starting Rotation. Zimmermann and Norris could be major contributors if healthy, but the No. 5 spot in the rotation is much more uncertain. Sanchez has a big contract and some impressive career accomplishments, but he's 33 and coming off two straight disappointing seasons. Boyd was merely serviceable a season ago.
Outlook: The Tigers have made no secret of the fact that they'll need to cut costs soon, but they've generally put off doing so. Verlander, Cabrera and Kinsler are back, and Detroit is ready to make another bid for a postseason spot. The Tigers fell just short of a wild card last season, and the team's top players aren't getting any younger, so this could be the last shot for Detroit to win big before a significant overhaul. Verlander and Cabrera are still producing like stars, and Fulmer won Rookie of the Year honors last year. If the Tigers are going to take another step forward, they'll probably need Zimmermann and Norris to perform well after both dealt with injury problems a season ago. Speaking of injuries: J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot March 18 and is expected to miss the start of the season. The Tigers finished eight games behind Cleveland in 2016. Closing that gap won't be easy, and a lot might depend on whether Detroit can stay healthy.
|MINNESOTA: 2016: 59-103, fifth place.
Manager: Paul Molitor (third season).
He's Here: C Jason Castro, RHP Matt Belisle, SS Ehire Adrianza, LHP Craig Breslow.
He's Outta Here: 3B Trevor Plouffe, C Kurt Suzuki, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Pat Light.
Projected lineup: 2B Brian Dozier (.268, 42, 99, 18/20 SBs), RF Max Kepler (.235, 17, 63), CF Byron Buxton (.225, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 118 Ks in 298 ABs), 1B Joe Mauer (.261, 11, 49), 3B Miguel Sano (.236, 25, 66, 178 Ks in 437 ABs), DH Kennys Vargas (.230, 10, 20 in 152 ABs), LF Eddie Rosario (.269, 10, 32), C Jason Castro (.210, 11, 32 with Houston), SS Jorge Polanco (.282, 4, 27 in 245 ABs).
Rotation: RH Ervin Santana (7-11, 3.38 ERA, 149 Ks), RH Phil Hughes (1-7, 5.95, 11 HRs, 11 starts), LH Hector Santiago (3-6, 5.58, 13 HRs, 11 starts after trade with Angels), RH Kyle Gibson (6-11, 5.07, 1.561 WHIP), LH Adalberto Mejia (rookie).
Key relievers: RH Brandon Kintzler (0-2, 3.15, 17/20 saves), RH Matt Belisle (0-0, 1.76 in 40 games for Nationals), RH Ryan Pressly (6-7, 3.70, 1 save in 72 games), LH Taylor Rogers (3-1, 3.96, 64 Ks in 57 games), LH Craig Breslow (0-2, 4.50 in 15 games for Marlins).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. The resuscitation of a team with the worst record in the majors last season must begin with starting pitching that ranked 30th out of 30 in wins (37), ERA (5.39) and strikeouts (655). Hughes, Santiago, Gibson and Berrios will all be counted on to make 2016 the aberration and not the standard. Adding Castro, who has a strong reputation for game calling and pitch framing, probably can't hurt. There's enough depth in the group at least to give the Twins a chance to return to respectability as new baseball chief Derek Falvey continues to try to revamp organizational philosophy and process for the long term. The bullpen appears more vulnerable than the rotation, despite being bolstered by the addition of the veteran Belisle. Three-time All-Star closer Glen Perkins is still working his way back from surgery last year to repair a torn labrum and will likely land on the disabled list to start the season. Kintzler fared well in his place, but doesn't have a track record.
Outlook: The Twins ranked a respectable sixth in the American League in total bases and eighth in OPS despite their abysmal record last year. Buxton's sparkling September, following a second straight frustrating summer, restored his and the club's confidence in the 2012 second overall draft pick. Dozier probably hit his power ceiling in 2016, but if Buxton and Sano can strike out less and get on base more there's the potential in place for a productive offense. Vargas hit his way back into contention for the DH spot with a decent finish to 2016, but the pressure is on him to prove he's worth a spot in the lineup with a strong performance this spring by Park, who struggled badly to adjust to major league pitching in his arrival from South Korea last year.
|Tigers, Twins working through issues|
MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus left Tampa Bay fuming about his team's defense after being swept by the Rays.
Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor lamented his team's lack of scoring after being swept by the Cleveland Indians.
The two American League Central foes will try to solve their recent issues against each other with a three-game series starting Friday.
Detroit committed an error that led to a run Thursday in an 8-1 loss at Tampa. The Tigers had lost a night before on a walk-off because of an error.
"It was just misplays. Quite frankly, it's got to get better," Ausmus said. "If it doesn't get better, there will be changes. ... These are big-league players. They should be able to make these type of plays. There are occasions where the roof comes in play ... but we can't make that many mistakes."
Minnesota scored seven runs in losing the three games to Cleveland. The Twins have 15 runs in going 1-5 on the current homestand after returning home with an early 6-3 record.
"We've got to get bigger hits with guys in scoring position," Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier said. "That's the bottom line. The main thing: We're taking good at-bats with guys on base; they're just not falling. It's 15 games in. I'm not worried."
Scoring could be tricky on Friday as Justin Verlander starts for Detroit. Verlander (1-1, 5.71 ERA) gave up nine runs on 11 hits in his last outing, a loss to the Indians. But the right-hander has won 12 of his last 13 decisions against Minnesota, with a 2.31 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 124 2/3 innings since July 9, 2010.
Dozier and Molitor don't believe the offensive players are pressing during the tough homestand.
"I think it's a little too early to think anybody's overly pressing," Molitor said. "We've dissected a few of our guys more than others. But our contributors, it hasn't been top to bottom very often, and we're just trying to find a way to get some of these guys going."
On one side, right fielder Max Kepler has an eight-game hitting streak and six RBIs during that stretch. On the other side, center fielder Byron Buxton is hitting .082 and has struck out 24 times in 49 at-bats.
Minnesota's Joe Mauer had a double on Thursday for his first extra-base hit of the season.
"We've got to do a better job of manufacturing runs," Dozier said. "When we have people on the ropes, that's the deciding factor. You don't win games each inning. When you have them on the ropes, you score as many runs as possible to get to the bullpen early. And we didn't do it. We haven't done that the past few games."
The Twins will have left-hander Hector Santiago (1-1, 1.47 ERA) make Friday's start. Santiago lost to the Tigers on April 11, when he gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Detroit took the first two games of that series before Minnesota won the finale with a season-high 11 runs.
Anywhere other than Tampa Bay might be a good sight for the Tigers. Ian Kinsler's leadoff home run gave Detroit the lead, but the error in the bottom of the inning led to a quick tie. The Rays went on to hit three homers in the game.
"I'm glad to move on, but I'm not real happy right now," Ausmus said.
He added about the defense: "I'll be honest: This was the worst defensive series I've seen the Detroit Tigers play since I've been here. It'll stop. Part of it is probably attributed to the roof. It was awful. It cost us pitches, it cost us runs and it cost us games."
After the game, Detroit optioned reliever Warwick Saupold to Triple-A Toledo. Saupold allowed each of the three home runs. The Tigers announced they will recall left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy before Friday's game.
Detroit was without outfielder Justin Upton and shortstop Jose Iglesias on Thursday. Upton has missed two games with a bruised right wrist. Iglesias was hit in the jaw on the final play Wednesday and could be facing a trip to the disabled list.
|Last Updated: 3/19/2018 9:07:16 PM EST|