|MINNESOTA ( BERRIOS )|
DETROIT ( ZIMMERMANN )
|919||MINNESOTA||+110||Ov 10,-110||-120||Ov 9.5,-120|
|920||DETROIT||-120||Un 10,-110||+110||Un 9.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-39||+8.3||37-41||4.9||0.256||0.330||0.410||0.739||5.0||0.270||0.330||0.434||0.764|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.8||3-3||6.1||0.286||0.358||0.449||0.806||3.3||0.238||0.275||0.360||0.635|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-49||-13||44-36||4.6||0.250||0.319||0.397||0.716||5.2||0.273||0.335||0.446||0.781|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5||5-2||3.9||0.245||0.299||0.361||0.659||6.0||0.310||0.353||0.554||0.906|
|7/29/2017||MEJIA(L)||@ OAKLAND||SMITH(R)||4-5||L||-110||9 ov||P||10||10||0||11||8||0|
|7/30/2017||COLON(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)||5-6||L||130||10 un||O||8||10||0||14||10||0|
|8/1/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||0-3||L||-105||8 un||U||3||5||0||4||1||2|
|8/2/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||5-2||W||100||8.5 ov||U||7||2||0||4||3||1|
|8/9/2017||COLON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||4-0||W||135||9.5 ov||U||6||9||0||5||6||1|
|8/10/2017||ENNS(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||7-2||W||140||9.5 ev||U||12||7||1||7||6||1|
|8/11/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||9-4||W||-110||10.5 ov||O||16||5||0||9||7||0|
|8/12/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|7/30/2017||VERLANDER(R)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||13-1||W||+100||9.5 un||O||15||9||0||7||9||1|
|7/31/2017||FULMER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||3-7||L||190||8 ov||O||9||14||1||7||5||2|
|8/1/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-3||W||160||10 ov||U||9||5||2||8||8||0|
|8/2/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||2-0||W||230||9.5 un||U||6||6||0||7||8||1|
|8/3/2017||BOYD(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||7-5||W||120||10.5 ev||O||8||2||0||9||7||1|
|8/4/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||5-2||W||140||9 un||U||6||3||0||7||4||0|
|8/5/2017||VERHAGEN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)||2-5||L||150||11 un||U||5||6||0||11||8||1|
|8/6/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||3-12||L||140||10 un||O||14||12||1||17||7||0|
|8/7/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)||0-3||L||145||9 un||U||1||2||0||5||4||0|
|8/8/2017||BOYD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||3-6||L||150||8.5 ov||O||5||2||1||10||6||0|
|8/14/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ TEXAS||ROSS(R)|| |
|8/15/2017||VERHAGEN(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|8/16/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Surging Twins look for another win over Tigers|
DETROIT -- It's still a little too early for Minnesota to be scoreboard watching, but that might change if the Twins can make a run at the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals.
"It's more still on the peripheral for me," Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday night before Minnesota ran its winning streak to six games with a 9-4 victory over the Tigers.
"It's so exposed now, whether it's on the scoreboard or if you want to watch any of the highlight or the recap shows, it's just out there. You can't kind of help but knowing what's going on."
Minnesota went from buyers to sellers as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approached but now may think about picking up help by month's end if it can creep up on Cleveland and Kansas City.
"I'm sure you guys wouldn't have said a couple of weeks ago we would be where we are today," right-hander Kyle Gibson said. "We're pretty confident in who we are and who we have in here in our locker room."
All Molitor professes to be is worried about the next game.
That happens Saturday night when Minnesota sends right-hander Jose Berrios (10-5, 3.86 ERA) out against Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (7-9, 5.27).
Berrios, 22, is making his first start against Detroit this season, but he faced the Tigers twice a year ago, going 0-1 with a 19.06 ERA. Berrios was shelled as an inexperienced pitcher in his first start against Detroit but has learned a lot since then.
Zimmermann is making his sixth start against Minnesota and is 3-2 with a 5.52 ERA against the Twins. He is 0-2 in two starts against them this year.
Detroit is hopeful that right-hander Michael Fulmer, who has missed two starts while fluid buildup around his ulnar nerve subsides, will return to the rotation Monday in Texas. Right-hander Justin Verlander would be given an extra day of rest, pitching Tuesday.
Fulmer threw a 20-pitch bullpen Friday and reported no issues.
"I didn't feel anything, so that's good," he said. "I'll play catch the next couple of days and see what Brad says."
Detroit manager Brad Ausmus indicated Fulmer will start if there are no issues.
The Tigers' boss also said there probably wouldn't be much "looking ahead" when Detroit's miniscule wild-card chances are gone.
"Right now, we're still trying to win baseball games," he said. "I'm not saying there won't be something that happens here or there or moves here or there that are related to development. But right now we're trying to win baseball games.
"We don't have a lot of options in that sense. Even in September. Am I going to sit Justin Upton down? Sit Miguel Cabrera down? Not play Nick Castellanos?
"There's not a lot of things we can do. I don't know that we have a ton of position players down there that are ready to be major league regulars. There probably is one or two things that could happen, but there's not a ton of options."
|Last Updated: 11/23/2017 5:20:57 AM EST|