|MINNESOTA ( SANTANA )|
DETROIT ( BOYD )
|967||MINNESOTA||-105||Ov 10,-120||-105||Ov 10,+100|
|968||DETROIT||-105||Un 10,+100||-105||Un 10,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-17||-2.5||12-16||3.9||0.241||0.315||0.371||0.686||5.4||0.268||0.330||0.441||0.771|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.6||4-2||7.6||0.328||0.394||0.524||0.918||4.4||0.257||0.292||0.419||0.712|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-49||-11.9||45-36||4.7||0.251||0.320||0.402||0.721||5.3||0.275||0.337||0.450||0.787|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.9||6-1||5.3||0.274||0.320||0.430||0.751||6.9||0.328||0.366||0.557||0.923|
|7/30/2017||COLON(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)||5-6||L||130||10 un||O||8||10||0||14||10||0|
|8/1/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||0-3||L||-105||8 un||U||3||5||0||4||1||2|
|8/2/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||5-2||W||100||8.5 ov||U||7||2||0||4||3||1|
|8/9/2017||COLON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||4-0||W||135||9.5 ov||U||6||9||0||5||6||1|
|8/10/2017||ENNS(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||7-2||W||140||9.5 ev||U||12||7||1||7||6||1|
|8/11/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||9-4||W||-110||10.5 ov||O||16||5||0||9||7||0|
|8/12/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||11-12||L||-120||9.5 ov||O||19||11||0||13||3||1|
|8/13/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|7/30/2017||VERLANDER(R)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||13-1||W||+100||9.5 un||O||15||9||0||7||9||1|
|7/31/2017||FULMER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||3-7||L||190||8 ov||O||9||14||1||7||5||2|
|8/1/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-3||W||160||10 ov||U||9||5||2||8||8||0|
|8/2/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||2-0||W||230||9.5 un||U||6||6||0||7||8||1|
|8/3/2017||BOYD(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||7-5||W||120||10.5 ev||O||8||2||0||9||7||1|
|8/4/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||5-2||W||140||9 un||U||6||3||0||7||4||0|
|8/5/2017||VERHAGEN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)||2-5||L||150||11 un||U||5||6||0||11||8||1|
|8/6/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||3-12||L||140||10 un||O||14||12||1||17||7||0|
|8/7/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)||0-3||L||145||9 un||U||1||2||0||5||4||0|
|8/8/2017||BOYD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||3-6||L||150||8.5 ov||O||5||2||1||10||6||0|
|8/14/2017||FULMER(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)|| |
|8/18/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)|| |
|8/19/2017||BOYD(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|Tigers' Boyd looks to continue success vs. Twins|
DETROIT -- The possibility of Detroit Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos shifting to right field next season will be explored in the next few weeks and perhaps into spring training.
Castellanos will immediately begin taking fly balls in right during batting practice, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said before Saturday's game against the Minnesota Twins.
"He's going to start working in right field. We'll see how it goes," Ausmus said. "We're not going to put him in a game. We're weeks away from putting him in a game.
"Al (general manager Avila) and I talked to Nick on Friday. I had talked to Nick before that. He's actually gung-ho about it. He wants to do it."
Detroit closes its weekend series with Minnesota on Sunday with southpaw Matthew Boyd (5-6, 5.64 ERA) seeking to get back on track after two poor starts. Boyd is 5-1 with a 3.52 ERA in eight starts against the Twins, including 2-0 in three starts this season.
Minnesota counters with right-hander Ervin Santana (12-7, 3.27 ERA), who is 9-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 20 career starts against Detroit. His shortest start of the season, 3 1/3 innings, came against the Tigers on July 21 at Target Field.
While manager Paul Molitor knows who's going to start, he isn't sure who would finish if a save opportunity comes up for the Twins.
Minnesota has been without an established closer since trading right-hander Brandon Kintzler before the end of July. Molitor has alerted all of his relievers to be ready.
Of the Twins' current pitchers, only two have saves this season. Matt Belisle has two and Dillon Gee one.
Belisle (0-2) took the loss Saturday night when he gave up a walk-off, two-run homer in the ninth to Detroit left fielder Justin Upton. Detroit blew a 5-0 first-inning lead but rallied from an 11-6 deficit in the sixth to pull out a 12-11 win.
"At least to this point, there's no question that no matter who I've called on, he seems to have been throwing the ball well," Molitor said before the loss. "I think it's kind of a challenge for these guys with Kintz being gone knowing that they might be asked to do things a little bit differently and not sure day to day of where they might have their name called at any particular juncture of the game.
"I would love to get a little bit more settled, but as it is now and between guys that are fresh, guys that are not, guys who match up particularly well in various situations, when I'm looking for double plays or strikeouts, all those kind of things. And I kind of sense when I talk to those guys that they're enjoying that. Hopefully they keep pitching well."
Detroit's void in right field was created when it dealt right fielder J.D. Martinez to Arizona two weeks before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and no obvious replacement in view.
The club also acquired a slew of third base/shortstop minor leaguers in deals for Martinez, left-hander Justin Wilson and backup catcher Alex Avila to restock a farm system bereft of position players. Of course, that triggered talk that Castellanos, who has regressed defensively this year, will be moved off the position in the spring.
"I brought it up to them," Castellanos said. "I'm willing to do it if it makes things better for them. I've been on a defensive merry-go-round. (He was a high school shortstop who Detroit shifted to third immediately after signing). I've been to third, right, left and back to third.
"I'm way more of an adult than I was at 19."
|Last Updated: 12/12/2017 5:25:57 PM EST|