|DETROIT ( ZIMMERMANN )|
KANSAS CITY ( VARGAS )
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-10||+1.4||12-9||5.2||0.270||0.337||0.464||0.801||4.5||0.262||0.331||0.391||0.722|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||3-3||4.6||0.269||0.356||0.399||0.755||4.7||0.243||0.325||0.410||0.735|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-30||+7.1||28-31||4.1||0.250||0.299||0.412||0.712||4.3||0.259||0.324||0.398||0.722|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||1-5||3.3||0.224||0.270||0.340||0.610||4.1||0.226||0.273||0.426||0.700|
|7/4/2017||FULMER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||5-3||W||-205||10 ov||U||9||4||0||5||3||0|
|7/5/2017||NORRIS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)||4-5||L||-175||11 ov||U||9||6||0||9||8||0|
|7/6/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)||6-2||W||-165||11 un||U||8||5||0||5||4||0|
|7/7/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||2-11||L||215||9.5 ev||O||10||5||0||16||10||1|
|7/8/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||0-4||L||140||9.5 un||U||4||5||1||9||10||0|
|7/9/2017||FULMER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||5-3||W||190||8 un||P||10||11||1||8||8||1|
|7/17/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|7/18/2017||BOYD(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/19/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|7/20/2017||FULMER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|7/21/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||BOYD(L)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|7/3/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ SEATTLE||MOORE(R)||3-1||W||130||9 un||U||7||4||0||4||5||0|
|7/4/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||7-3||W||120||8.5 ov||O||7||5||1||8||8||1|
|7/5/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||MIRANDA(L)||9-6||W||115||9 ov||O||10||7||0||9||3||2|
|7/7/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||1-4||L||187||9 ov||U||5||5||0||10||9||0|
|7/8/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MCCARTHY(R)||4-5||L||180||9 un||P||11||9||0||8||8||1|
|7/9/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-5||L||255||7.5 un||U||6||4||0||6||1||0|
|7/21/2017||KENNEDY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||VARGAS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||WOOD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|KANSAS CITY: 2016: 81-81, third place.
Manager: Ned Yost (eighth season).
He's Here: OF Jorge Soler, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Nathan Karns, DH Brandon Moss, LHP Travis Wood.
He's Outta Here: RHP Wade Davis, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Jarrod Dyson, RHP Luke Hochevar, RHP Edinson Volquez.
Projected lineup: SS Alcides Escobar (.261, 7 HRs, 55 RBIs), LF Alex Gordon (.220, 17, 40), CF Lorenzo Cain (.287, 9, 56), 1B Eric Hosmer (.266, 25, 104), DH Brandon Moss (.255, 28, 67), RF Jorge Soler (.238, 12, 31 with Cubs; likely to start season on DL with strained oblique), 3B Mike Moustakas (.240, 7, 13), C Salvador Perez (.247, 22, 64), Raul Mondesi (.185, 2, 13).
Rotation: LH Danny Duffy (12-3, 3.51 ERA, 188 Ks), RH Ian Kennedy (11-11, 3.68, 184 Ks), RH Jason Hammel (11-11, 3.83 with Cubs), LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 2.25 in 3 starts after returning from Tommy John surgery), RH Nathan Karns (6-2, 5.15 with Mariners).
Key relievers: RH Kelvin Herrera (2-6, 2.75, 12 saves), RH Joakim Soria (5-8, 4.05), LH Matt Strahm (2-2, 1.23), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95), LH Scott Alexander (0-0, 3.32), RH Chris Young (3-9, 6.19).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. Duffy showed signs of blossoming into an ace late last year, but is yet to put it all together for a full season. Hammel was signed after the tragic death of RHP Yordano Ventura in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Vargas barely pitched last season after coming back from elbow surgery. Karns has intriguing potential, but might end up in the bullpen unless he lives up to it quickly.
Outlook: Royals GM Dayton Moore thinks his starting rotation is the best it has been during his tenure, even if just about every spot is tenuous. He also thinks Kansas City has more power at the plate this year thanks to Moustakas' return from a torn ACL and the signing of Moss. Paulo Orlando (.302, 5, 43, 14 SBs) will replace Soler in right field at the start of the season. But there are plenty of question marks up and down the lineup, not to mention on the pitching staff, and several things must break right for Kansas City to make noise in the AL Central and take a run at its third World Series appearance in four years.
|Tigers, Royals open four-game series|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A losing streak temporarily doused Kansas City's postseason aspirations and dropped the Royals one game below .500.
However, all is sunny for the Royals as they prepare for a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers that begins Monday.
Lorenzo Cain got a sun-aided, run-producing single with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday, lifting the Royals to a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers.
"We definitely needed this one after losing five in a row," Cain said. "It was definitely tough to go through that stretch. To get a win here and not get swept was huge. Hopefully we can keep it going and get on another run."
Not only did the Royals win, but the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians were swept at Oakland, and the second-place Minnesota Twins lost 5-3 to the Houston Astros. The Royals trail the Indians by two games and the Twins by a half-game.
The Royals (45-45) will round out their homestand by facing the fourth-place Tigers, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 in 11 innings Sunday, and the last-place Chicago White Sox, who have lost four in a row.
Kansas City had lost 12 straight to the Rangers before the victory Sunday.
"It was a big win for us," Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield said. "We needed that going into some division games. We were fortunate to catch a break at the end, but we'll take it.
"When you go up against the sun, the sun wins most of the time. Sometimes the ball just gets in a place where you can't do anything about it."
The Tigers (41-49) took the final two games against the Blue Jays in the three-game weekend series at Detroit.
"Winning two straight doesn't really do anything," Tigers catcher Alex Avila said. "We have a game tomorrow in Kansas City and four games against Kansas City. They're obviously ahead of us, so it's an important series.
"It will be tough. They've got some good guys on the mound against us for that series. But this series is done, it doesn't matter now. Next series is a big one, so we've got to make sure we play well."
The Tigers have won four of six against the Royals this season, including two of three in May in Kansas City, but have not met their expectations.
"We've got to do it consistently," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "That's kind of been our downfall the first half. We haven't done it consistently. We haven't strung together some wins, won eight out of 10 or anything like that. That's what we have to do. We have the capability. Now we have to do it. We have to perform."
Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will start the opener at Kauffman Stadium. Zimmermann is 5-7 with a 5.87 ERA in 17 starts, having allowed 114 hits while walking 30 and striking out 67 in 95 innings.
Zimmermann is 0-3 in his past six starts since a June 3 victory. In his last start before the All-Star break, he lasted just three innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk on July 7 at Cleveland. This will be his first start against the Royals this season.
Zimmermann is 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four career games against the Royals. He has struck out 24 and walked two in 25 innings. No Royal has homered off Zimmermann. Alcides Escobar is 3-for-10 and Eric Hosmer 2-for-10 vs. Zimmermann. No other Kansas City batter has more than eight at-bats against him.
All-Star left-hander Jason Vargas (12-3, 2.62 ERA) will start for the Royals. He tops the American League in wins and is second in ERA. He is 7-1 this season at Kauffman Stadium, the top home win total in the league, and his home ERA (1.84) is also the best in the AL.
This will be his 11th career start against Detroit, but his first since 2014. He is 3-4 with a 5.37 ERA against the Tigers.
|Last Updated: 2/21/2018 3:21:58 PM EST|