|MINNESOTA ( SANTANA )|
DETROIT ( BOYD )
|921||MINNESOTA||-150||Ov 9.5,-120||-155||Ov 9.5,-110|
|922||DETROIT||+140||Un 9.5,+100||+145||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||24-23||+2.2||20-23||4.9||0.259||0.331||0.418||0.749||4.8||0.257||0.320||0.422||0.742|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-3||5.7||0.255||0.320||0.399||0.719||5.1||0.262||0.327||0.425||0.752|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-71||-27||60-48||4.4||0.253||0.315||0.404||0.719||5.6||0.284||0.345||0.464||0.809|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.1||5-1||4.7||0.272||0.332||0.480||0.812||7.0||0.293||0.369||0.459||0.828|
|9/9/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||2-5||L||100||9 ev||U||9||8||0||11||7||0|
|9/10/2017||COLON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||3-11||L||125||10 ev||O||8||7||0||17||6||1|
|9/12/2017||GIBSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||16-0||W||-170||10 un||O||18||4||1||4||6||0|
|9/13/2017||SANTANA(R)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||3-1||W||-145||9 ev||U||10||8||0||7||8||1|
|9/18/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||1-2||L||140||9 un||U||4||5||2||8||9||1|
|9/19/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-5||L||150||8.5 ov||U||8||7||1||11||14||0|
|9/20/2017||COLON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||3-11||L||255||8.5 ov||O||6||5||0||15||8||0|
|9/21/2017||MEJIA(L)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||12-1||W||-135||10.5 ev||O||14||11||1||6||7||0|
|9/22/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||NORRIS(L)||7-3||W||-130||10 un||P||10||4||0||6||3||0|
|9/23/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ DETROIT||FARMER(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||COLON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||MEJIA(L)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|9/9/2017||BELL(L)||@ TORONTO||ANDERSON(L)||4-5||L||120||9.5 un||U||8||4||0||13||10||0|
|9/10/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||2-8||L||145||9 un||O||7||6||0||16||8||1|
|9/11/2017||JAYE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||0-11||L||275||8.5 ev||O||9||10||2||11||9||0|
|9/12/2017||BOYD(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-2||L||315||8 un||U||5||3||0||9||10||0|
|9/13/2017||FARMER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||3-5||L||250||9.5 ov||U||7||7||0||7||4||2|
|9/14/2017||BELL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||7-17||L||-115||10.5 un||O||12||6||0||25||14||1|
|9/15/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)||3-2||W||-120||10 ov||U||6||6||1||8||8||0|
|9/16/2017||JAYE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||4-10||L||-110||9.5 ov||O||9||8||1||17||11||0|
|9/17/2017||BOYD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)||12-0||W||-125||10.5 un||O||13||4||0||1||2||0|
|9/26/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|9/28/2017||NORRIS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||BOYD(L)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTANA(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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.
|Mauer, Twins seek another win vs. Tigers|
DETROIT -- It looks like the Minnesota Twins will have Joe Mauer's hot bat in the lineup for the final eight games of the regular season.
Mauer has gotten periodic rest this season but hitting .391 over his last 41 games following Friday night's 0-for-5 has made the first baseman and the coaching staff rethink their plan.
Mauer will be in the lineup Saturday when the Twins continue their four-game series with the Detroit Tigers.
The Twins have rested Mauer often on day games following night games but it probably won't occur the final two weekends of the regular season.
"We talked about it," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. "I asked him about playing the rest of the games and what could we do to ensure he felt good enough to do that and maybe he could DH a couple days. He said he's doing fine, doing what he has to do to get ready every day."
Using the designated hitter spot in lineups is popular among American League managers as a way to keep a player's bat in the lineup while avoiding the stress of being on the field for nine innings.
"I think it's been good," Mauer said Thursday night of how he's been rested this season. Even though maybe at some points earlier in the year I might have wanted to get out there, I understand it and I think it's paying off.
"I'm playing pretty well lately. Looking at the bigger picture, I think it's helped."
Mauer, who has started at designated hitter 12 times, will be facing a southpaw Saturday night.
Left-hander Matthew Boyd will start for Detroit, his first outing since tossing a one-hitter last Sunday against the Chicago White Sox.
Boyd (6-10, 5.33 ERA) had a no-hitter until two outs in the ninth. He is getting an extra day of rest.
The southpaw is 5-1 against Minnesota in his career with a 3.83 ERA in nine starts. Mauer is 0-for-5 lifetime off Boyd.
The Twins counter with right-hander Ervin Santana (15-8, 3.34 ERA), the likely choice to pitch a wild card playoff game should Minnesota be involved and if his team can clinch in time to set it up.
Santana lost his most recent start, against the New York Yankees on Monday. He holds a 9-5 edge against Detroit in his career -- 21 starts -- with a 3.37 ERA but hasn't beaten the Tigers since 2015.
The Tigers will be working with a short-timer as manager, Brad Ausmus.
"I found out a couple days ago I wouldn't be coming back," Ausmus said. "I knew before the Twins series started that I wasn't coming back. But I prepared for the Twins series like I prepared for any other series. Try and help this team win."
Ausmus will finish out the season as manager, which he said he would willingly do because he is contracted to do so, then go back to San Diego and spend a little time with his wife and youngest daughter, a senior in high school.
|Last Updated: 12/16/2017 9:13:53 AM EST|