The Tigers continue on the road after taking 3 of 4, including 2 of 2 in Pittsburgh from the Pirates and trail only the White Sox and KC by a half game in what is shaping up to be a tough AL Central. The offense continues to carry the team ranking in the top 6 in the Majors in key offensive categories. Mike Pelfrey and Justin Verlander look to bounce back after terrible starts in their previous outings.
The Astros won’t be sneaking up on anyone this year, although off to a slow start and losing 3 in a row to the Royals. The young promising offense hasn’t started to go yet, although rookie Tyler White and superstar to be shortstop Carlos Correa aren’t to blame. The pitching howerver is to blame, where the team ranks in the bottom 6 in the Majors for things like earned run average, Whip, and average against.
Series @ Minute Maid Park
4/15 8:10p – Mike Pelrey (0-1, 14.73 ERA) vs. Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 3.55 ERA)
4/19 7:10p – Justin Verlander (0-1, 8.71 ERA) vs. Collin McHugh (1-1, 6.14 ERA)
4/20 2:10 – Anibal Sanchez (2-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. Mike Fiers (0-1, 6.55 ERA)
Astros Pitcher In Focus: Dallas Keuchel (LHP)
Keuchel, the raining American League Cy Young is off to another decent start and may give the Tigers hitters fits, although control has been off considerably to start
Season: 1-1, 3.55 ERA, 12.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 10 BB, 13 K, 1.50 WHIP
Throws: Fastball, Slider, Cutter, Changeup
Pitch Location – Routinely away and low and away to both righties and lefties
Vs. Tigers Hitters: .275 avg against, 87 PA, 22 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 14 K, .721 OPS against.
Tigers Hitters With Most Success: Kinsler (.318 avg, 22 PA, 7 H, 1 HR), Victor Martinez (.444 avg, 9 PA, 4 H, 1 HR)
Astros Hitter In Focus: Tyler White (RH/1B)
Was going to focus on Carlos Correa, who is the most dangerous hitter in this lineup, however tough to pass up the rookie Tyler White who is crushing the ball right now and is tied or leading the team in most offensive categories.
Season: .438 avg, 35 PA, 14 H, 3 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 10 K, 1.299 OPS
That’s all we have on White for now…
Tigers Pitcher In Focus: Anibal Sanchez (RHP)
Sanchez pitched well against the Pirates in his last start, but got in trouble in the 6th and need to be lifted with 2 outs.
Season: 2-0, 3.38 ERA, 10.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 7 K, 1.31 WHIP
Throws: Fastball, Cutter, Sinker, Splitter, Slider, Curve, Changeup
Pitch Location: Over the past 2 seasons, Sanchez has been pitching hitters middle away and catching a lot of the plate it seems
Vs. Astros Hitters: .307 avg against, 81 PA, 23 H, 6 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 4 BB, 24 K, .867 OPS Against
Tigers Hitter In Focus: J.D. Martinez (RH/OF)
Martinez has hit .500 over the last week with 11 hits in 25 plate appearances, including 2 doubles, 1 HR, and 5 RBI and has be a major factor in the Tigers offense to date.
Season: .433 avg, 35 PA, 13 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K, 1.133 OPS
Martinez Lifetime Against Astros Starters…
Vs. Keuchel: .000 avg, 6 PA, 4 K
Vs. McHugh: .500 avg, 6 PA, 2 H, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Vs. Fiers: .500 avg, 6 PA, 3 H, 1 2B, 1 K
J.D. Martinez Spray/Hit Charts
Next Series: 3 @ Kansas City (7-2)