|TEXAS ( GRIFFIN )|
DETROIT ( VERLANDER )
|925||TEXAS||+140||Ov 8.5,+105||+135||Ov 8.5,+100|
|926||DETROIT||-150||Un 8.5,-125||-145||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-16||+1.5||17-17||4.8||0.238||0.313||0.410||0.723||4.4||0.257||0.320||0.417||0.738|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.2||4-3||6.3||0.321||0.394||0.469||0.863||3.1||0.244||0.283||0.393||0.677|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-16||-1.3||17-13||5.0||0.254||0.331||0.407||0.739||5.4||0.271||0.342||0.444||0.786|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||4.3||0.234||0.322||0.381||0.703||5.9||0.286||0.337||0.483||0.820|
|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)||5-3||W||125||9 un||U||8||4||2||7||10||0|
|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||GRIFFIN(R)||@ TORONTO||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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||SANCHEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||@ 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.
|As Beltre rehabs, Rangers seek 11th straight win|
DETROIT -- The Texas Rangers haven't compiled their 10-game winning streak with smoke and mirrors but they have not done it with Adrian Beltre, either.
Beltre hasn't played an inning this season due to a calf muscle injury but has been slowly working his way back to the point where he could return by the end of May or shortly thereafter.
Manager Jeff Banister has dealt with injuries to other Rangers but has patched and filled with irregulars and minor league call-ups who have done what they're supposed to do -- make contributions.
The Rangers look to keep getting those contributions Saturday when they face the Detroit Tigers and go for an 11th straight win.
Texas opened the series with a 5-3 victory as Joey Gallo and Mike Napoli homered. The win came after the Rangers swept an eight-game homestand and improved its road record to 7-12.
"Given how we've played on the road to this point, any win on the road for us is a positive," Banister said. "We need to gain some traction on the road, play well.
"We made a couple errors (Friday night), gave up a couple outs on the bases. However we got good pitching performances. And the bats showed up. We've got to continue that process."
Detroit got some good post-game news when manager Brad Ausmus revealed that first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who has missed three games with a sore left side, will return for Saturday night's game.
"Ideally I'd like him to have another full day and night," Ausmus said, "But I'd be shocked if he's not in the lineup Saturday)."
The Tigers made a post-game player swap, too, optioning right-hander Buck Farmer back to Toledo, where he will start Saturday, and bringing back first baseman/catcher John Hicks.
Ausmus is likely to put either Alex Avila or Hicks at first base and have Cabrera serve as the designated hitter both Saturday and Sunday, to minimize chances of his straining his side again.
Avila would catch if he doesn't play first because he's been hitting well this season. Detroit's regular catcher, James McCann, is hitting home runs but little else.
Right-hander Justin Verlander has a tradition of starting slowly and heating up with the weather and this is another one of those seasons.
Verlander will start Saturday night against Texas with a 3-3 record and 4.47 ERA over his first eight starts. In three starts at home, he is 1-0 with an 0.86 ERA.
Verlander last pitched Sunday in Los Angeles when he allowed four runs and five hits over six innings in a 4-1 loss to the Angels.
Against Texas, Verlander owns a 9-5 record and 2.71 ERA in 17 career starts.
Rangers' starting right-hander A.J. Griffin (4-0, 3.15 ERA, six starts) will have an extra day of rest prior to facing the Tigers. All of Griffin's wins are on the road where he has a 1.38 ERA compared to an 8.64 ERA in two home starts.
Griffin last pitched Sunday when he allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings during a no-decision against Oakland.
Griffin hasn't fared well against Detroit over his career, going 1-2 with an 8.53 ERA in four starts.
Texas is expected to have Nomar Mazara back in its outfield after a one-game rest.
|Last Updated: 3/20/2018 12:53:47 PM EST|