American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, July 12th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (53-39) at Detroit Tigers (50-41), 7:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Justin Grimm (7-6, 5.88)
Detroit - Doug Fister (6-5, 4.07)
(Sports Network) - Doug Fister eyes just his second win in his last 11 starts
on Friday when the Detroit Tigers kick off a three-game series with the Texas
Rangers at Comerica Park.
Fister started the year by winning five of his first six decisions, but has
since dropped four of five and has been atrocious his last two times out. He
did not get a decision on Sunday in Cleveland, but the Tribe rocked him for
six runs in six innings of a 9-6 loss.
He also gave up six runs in a no-decision in his previous start.
"I got a little bit into the nibbling on the corners and walked a couple guys,
which kind of started the ball rolling," Fister said. "I've got to fix that. I
can't do that. I have to attack guys like I've done in the past."
Fister's struggles could continue, as he is just 2-4 in eight starts versus
the Rangers with a 6.00 ERA.
Detroit stumbled this week versus the lowly Chicago White Sox, losing two of
three to the AL Central bottom feeders, including a 6-3 setback in Thursday's
Miguel Cabrera launched his 30th home run of the season in the loss and should
stay hot on Friday, as his .384 lifetime average against the Rangers is the
highest among an active opponent with at least 50 at-bats. He also has the
third-highest slugging percentage (.642) and third-highest on-base percentage
(.433) among an active opponent against the Rangers.
Cabrera has 12 home runs and 60 RBI in 56 games against Texas.
"He's on pace to have 200 RBIs and 90 home runs; if he does that, it's Little
League," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "You just hope when he puts a
swing on a pitch, someone is there to catch it. But you don't get off easy
with Prince. I try to pitch around Cabrera and you see what happens ...
double, home run, because he goes out of the zone to get it. If you execute on
Prince, you might get lucky. You can't get lucky on Cabrera. I said you
'might' get lucky on Prince."
Drawing the unenviable task of facing Cabrera will be righty Justin Grimm, who
is 7-6 with a 5.88 ERA. Grimm did not get a decision on Sunday against
Houston, but was awful, surrendering four runs (3 earned) and six hits in four
innings of a 5-4 win.
Grimm is 1-1 in two starts versus the Tigers with a 9.39 ERA.
Texas lost the final two games of its four-game series with the Baltimore
Orioles this past week, falling 3-1 in Thursday's finale at Camden Yards.
Ian Kinsler hit a solo homer to provide the lone run for the Rangers, who had
won five of six prior to losing the final two games of that set.
Texas is 3-1 this season against the Tigers.
07/12 10:30:55 ET