|TEXAS ( MARTINEZ )|
DETROIT ( NORRIS )
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-4||+0.2||2-5||4.9||0.225||0.286||0.343||0.629||3.4||0.241||0.320||0.365||0.685|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||4-3||6.3||0.324||0.392||0.453||0.845||3.0||0.254||0.288||0.401||0.689|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-15||+0||17-12||5.1||0.256||0.333||0.413||0.746||5.4||0.272||0.343||0.443||0.786|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||3-4||4.9||0.248||0.333||0.421||0.755||5.3||0.269||0.319||0.442||0.761|
|5/5/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ SEATTLE||GALLARDO(R)||3-1||W||-120||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||11||12||1|
|5/6/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ SEATTLE||DE JONG(R)||2-8||L||100||8.5 ov||O||7||6||2||14||9||0|
|5/7/2017||CASHNER(R)||@ SEATTLE||OVERTON(L)||3-4||L||125||8.5 ov||U||6||7||0||6||6||1|
|5/8/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CAHILL(R)||1-5||L||120||7.5 ov||U||2||6||0||10||7||0|
|5/9/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WEAVER(R)||11-0||W||-120||8.5 ev||O||9||6||0||4||3||2|
|5/10/2017||DARVISH(R)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||4-3||W||-190||8.5 ov||U||8||7||0||10||8||1|
|5/11/2017||PEREZ(L)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-2||W||-145||9 ov||U||9||3||0||9||7||0|
|5/19/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||NORRIS(L)|| |
|5/20/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)|| |
|5/23/2017||CASHNER(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)|| |
|5/25/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ BOSTON|| || |
|5/26/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|5/5/2017||FULMER(R)||@ OAKLAND||TRIGGS(R)||7-2||W||105||8 un||O||11||7||1||9||9||2|
|5/6/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ OAKLAND||HAHN(R)||5-6||L||125||8.5 ov||O||9||13||0||7||3||2|
|5/7/2017||NORRIS(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||6-8||L||115||9 un||O||8||5||1||12||7||2|
|5/9/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ ARIZONA||RAY(L)||7-3||W||-105||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||8||9||0|
|5/10/2017||BOYD(L)||@ ARIZONA||GODLEY(R)||1-7||L||125||10.5 un||U||5||2||1||11||10||0|
|5/11/2017||FULMER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||7-1||W||-105||7.5 ov||O||11||7||1||4||7||1|
|5/12/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||0-7||L||115||8.5 un||U||4||5||1||14||9||0|
|5/13/2017||NORRIS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||4-3||W||125||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||8||7||1|
|5/14/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||MEYER(R)||1-4||L||-115||8 ov||U||4||3||0||5||7||0|
|5/22/2017||FULMER(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|5/23/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||NORRIS(L)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)|| |
|5/25/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|TEXAS: 2016: 95-67, first place
Manager: Jeff Banister (third season)
Who's new? 1B Mike Napoli, 1B James Loney, INF Will Middlebrooks, RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Tyson Ross, RHP Mike Hauschild
Who's gone? 1B Mitch Moreland, INF/OF Ian Desmond, OF/DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Derek Holland, RHP Colby Lewis, RHP Shawn Tolleson, RHP Lucas Harrell
Projected lineup: CF Carlos Gomez (.231, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 18 SB in 118 games with Astros and Rangers), DH Shin-Soo Choo (.242, 7, 17, 6 in 48 games), 3B Adrian Beltre (.300, 32, 104), 1B Mike Napoli (.239, 34, 101 with Indians), 2B Rougned Odor (.271, 33, 88, 14 SB), C Jonathan Lucroy (.292, 24, 81 with Brewers and Rangers), RF Nomar Mazara (.266, 20, 64), SS Elvis Andrus (.302, 8, 69, 24 SB), LF Jurickson Profar (.239, 5, 20) or Ryan Rua (.258, 8, 22, 9 SB)
Rotation: LH Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32 ERA), RH Yu Darvish (7-5, 3.42 in 17 games), LH Martin Perez (10-11, 4.39), RH A.J. Griffin (7-4, 5.07), RH Andrew Cashner (5-11, 5.25 with Padres and Marlins)
Key relievers: RH Sam Dyson (3-2, 2.43, 38/43 SV), RH Matt Bush (7-2, 2.48), RH Jeremy Jeffress (27/28 SV with Brewers and Rangers), RH Tony Barnette (7-3, 2.09), LH Alex Claudio (4-1, 2.79), RH Keone Kela (5-1, 6.09)
Hot spots: Designated hitter and left field. Choo, Napoli and Joey Gallo are all candidates to DH. Gallo, a perennial prospect with prodigious power, can make it interesting by seizing his first-ever Opening Day roster spot. Otherwise Napoli (a first baseman) and Choo (an outfielder) can switch off as needed. Moving Desmond to the outfield was successful enough last year that the Rangers are taking a similar approach with Profar. The oft-injured 24-year-old will try to break camp as a left fielder, platooning with Rua.
Outlook: Coming off back-to-back division titles, the Rangers begin 2017 with a weakened farm system and the footsteps of the Astros and Mariners passing them by ' or at least catching up. There's still a lot to like here. Napoli was a huge bargain on a $6 million contract following his 34-homer season in Cleveland. He'll join Beltre and Odor to form a dangerous middle of the order. Darvish is entering his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, and he and catcher Lucroy are entering their long-awaited walk years. This isn't the deepest roster in the AL but it's capable of winning another division title if its stars can avoid the disabled list.
|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.
|Missing Cabrera and Victor Martinez, Tigers take on surging Rangers|
DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez will be absent from the Detroit Tigers' lineup when the team opens a three-game series against the red-hot Texas Rangers on Friday at Comerica Park.
Cabrera, the No. 3 hitter in the lineup, is dealing with a Grade 1 oblique strain that has prevented him from playing the past two games. The first baseman is expected to miss at least one more game.
Martinez, the Tigers' cleanup hitter, was placed on the paternity list following Detroit's 6-5 victory over Baltimore on Thursday. The designated hitter will miss the weekend series to be with his wife in Orlando, Fla. for the birth of his fourth child.
That will force Detroit manager Brad Ausmus to improvise with his lineup card.
"The truth is, Miggy probably would have DH'd a few days because Victor was leaving," Ausmus said. "Now, Victor is leaving and Miggy probably won't DH the next couple of days, at least."
Alex Avila and Andrew Romine are the primary candidates to fill in at designated hitter and first base.
The Tigers hope their makeshift lineup can somehow cool down the Rangers, who bring a nine-game winning streak to Comerica. The Rangers defeated Philadelphia, 8-4, on Thursday while Detroit topped Baltimore, 6-5.
Lefthander Daniel Norris has the unenviable task of trying to tame Texas' blistering offense. In his last start against the Los Angeles Angels, Norris cruised through the first 4 2/3 innings. The Angels then loaded the bases and Albert Pujols ripped a two-run single.
Norris gave up two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings and wound up with a no-decision.
"I wouldn't say I fell apart," he said. "I ran into some trouble there and it came down to one pitch, the first curveball I hung all day, and ended up giving up a couple of runs. But anytime you pitch into the sixth with only a couple runs, it's a good day. But yeah, I think I was working pretty good there for a while."
His only career start against Texas came in 2015 and he allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Norris (2-2) will be opposed by right-hander Nick Martinez, who will be seeking to end a long drought. He's gone 11 consecutive starts without a victory, dating back to Aug. 5, 2015.
Martinez tossed six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits to Oakland in his most recent start on Saturday.
"I felt good out there," Martinez told MLB.com afterward. "Most of the credit goes to (catcher Robinson Chirinos) and his game plan. He kept me on track. Attacking guys and sticking to the scouting report and communicating during the game, making sure we don't get off track of what we want to do."
Martinez is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA in three career outings against Detroit.
The Rangers are among the most prolific teams at hitting homers in the American League but they're equally adept at small ball. They have swiped the most bases in the league.
During the winning streak, they have averaged 6.6 runs per game.
"We know we have some guys with speed, who can lay the ball on the ground, draw some walks," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We set up some situations the last few games that have allowed some of these guys to use other tools in their tool box. Puts pressure on the defense, forces teams to look at you differently."
|Last Updated: 12/18/2017 2:45:17 AM EST|