|MINNESOTA ( BERRIOS )|
DETROIT ( FARMER )
|967||MINNESOTA||-155||Ov 10,-105||-190||Ov 10,-120|
|968||DETROIT||+145||Un 10,-115||+180||Un 10,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||56-51||+7.1||49-53||5.1||0.258||0.331||0.421||0.752||5.0||0.271||0.329||0.437||0.765|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||4-2||6.9||0.279||0.344||0.406||0.751||4.7||0.254||0.310||0.415||0.725|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-72||-28||61-48||4.4||0.253||0.315||0.404||0.718||5.7||0.285||0.345||0.463||0.809|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5||5-1||4.7||0.270||0.326||0.463||0.789||7.0||0.275||0.346||0.422||0.769|
|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)||10-4||W||-150||9.5 un||O||12||7||0||8||2||1|
|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|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|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|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Twins try to inch closer to playoff berth versus Tigers|
DETROIT -- The Minnesota Twins not only pass the eye test, they pass the 'D' test.
Good defense has been a Minnesota trademark this season as the Twins scramble to keep ahead of the pack in the run to the second American League wild-card spot.
"They have tried to find ways to be able to measure those things a little bit more specifically," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said Saturday before his Twins rallied for eight runs in the eighth inning to post a 10-4 victory over Detroit. "I still think that the eye test sometime is the best test.
"I mean the numbers usually just support what you kind of already know by watching. I've been really pleased that the guys have taken a lot of pride in that side of the game."
Byron Buxton in center and two telephone poles would constitute a good outfield defense, Joe Mauer is among the elite at first, Brian Dozier is reliable at second, Jorge Polanco is steady at short and Eduardo Escobar has been sterling at third since Miguel Sango was injured in mid-August.
"I think coming off of last year and having to listen to me talk about defense in spring training probably more than a couple of times (might be responsible)," Molitor said. "And the effort that they've put in to try to make themselves a better club in terms of that aspect of the game.
"And it's paid dividends. I think it not only shows up on the outs that we have and our ability to get off the field but I think it gives more confidence to your pitching staff when they know that if they throw it over (the plate) the guys are going to make plays."
Right-hander Jose Berrios (12-8 3.94 ERA) will start Sunday for the Twins and his improvement from last year to this is one of the reasons Minnesota holds the second wild-card spot by 4 1/2 games over Kansas City, Texas and the Los Angeles Angels. He lost his last start, in New York.
Berrios started once this season against Detroit without receiving a decision and over his two seasons in the majors is 0-1 in three starts with an 18.00 ERA against the Tigers.
Detroit counters with right-hander Buck Farmer (4-4, 7.11 ERA), who is making his 10th start of 2017 and a late-season audition for a spot in next year's rotation.
Farmer has made only one start amid five career appearances against the Twins in his career and is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in that time. He also lost his last start.
Manager Brad Ausmus isn't into big goodbyes and won't speak to his team about leaving until the last game of the season, in Minnesota.
"I'm not going to plan anything out," he said. "I'll just speak to them from the heart.
"Why finish out the season? I'm under contract for 2017 and my job is to manage the Tigers. And I'm going to do that until I finish the season.
"It's going to be a little bit of a haul for the first couple years. But they're moving in the right direction and I wish Al (GM Avila) and the Tigers nothing but the best."
Ausmus reiterated he knew when Detroit traded Justin Upton and Justin Verlander on Aug. 31 that he was going to finish out the season and his contract and then leave. He called his wife and told her he felt it would be best to let the Tigers bring in another manager to guide the rebuild.
His last home game as Detroit's manager is Sunday.
"I mean, we've had good crowds," he said, "despite the fact that we haven't been playing winning baseball. Quite frankly, I'd like to just win."
|Last Updated: 10/23/2017 8:22:29 AM EST|