September 21st, 2013

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

Matt Tuiasosopo, 4-for-11 for his career off Chris Sale, gets the start in left field, his fourth start this week. Unless something changes with the roster in the final week, it sounds very much like he has regained his balance in the outfield mix. When asked about Nick Castellanos’ role before the game, Jim Leyland downplayed his role.

“Right now, you kind of just pick your spots,” Leyland said. “He’s not going to play much right now, to be honest with you.”

To answer the next question, Leyland said, “Off the top of my head, without etching anything in stone, I would say if we get in, I think that would be unlikely that he would be on the [postseason] roster.”

Brayan Pena makes his first start behind the plate since Sept. 9, the last time the Tigers faced Chris Sale. It’ll be Pena’s fourth start in September, all against lefties — Sale twice, Danny Duffy and Jon Lester once each.

The White Sox, meanwhile, shuffle their lineup against Rick Porcello, trying to reverse his fortunes against them (4-0, 2.02 ERA in five starts this year).

Gameday | TV: FS Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, Gameday Audio

TIGERS (career numbers off Sale)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-27, 2 walks, 12 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (4-for-14, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (4-for-18, 2 HR, 6 walks, 4 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (4-for-22, walk, 7 K’s)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (11-for-19, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF (4-for-11, HR, 4 K’s)
  7. Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-10, K)
  8. Ramon Santiago, SS (0-for-8, 3 K’s)
  9. Brayan Pena, C (2-for-21, 5 K’s)

P: Rick Porcello

WHITE SOX (career numbers off Porcello)

  1. Leury Garcia, CF (0-for-4, 3 K’s)
  2. Marcus Semien, SS (0-for-1)
  3. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (7-for-14, HR, K)
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B (13-for-37, HR, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Avisail Garcia, RF (3-for-7, K)
  6. Jordan Danks, LF (1-for-3, K)
  7. Jeff Keppinger, DH (2-for-11, 2 K’s)
  8. Gordon Beckham, 2B (11-for-26, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  9. Bryan Anderson, C

P: Chris Sale

Scherzer’s place among Tigers 20-game winners

One of my favorite baseball stat mavens and record-keepers, Bill Chuck, sent out some facts and figures on Max Scherzer’s 20-win season, the 45th 20-win campaign in franchise history.

Unless Scherzer takes a loss Wednesday in Minnesota, he’ll finish the season with the highest winner percentage of any Tigers 20-game winner:

Rk Player W-L% W Year Age G GS L ERA
1 Max Scherzer .870 20 2013 28 31 31 3 3.00
2 Bill Donovan .862 25 1907 30 32 28 4 2.19
3 Denny McLain .838 31 1968 24 41 41 6 1.96
4 Justin Verlander .828 24 2011 28 34 34 5 2.40
5 Bobo Newsom .808 21 1940 32 36 34 5 2.83
6 George Mullin .784 29 1909 28 40 35 8 2.22
7 Hal Newhouser .763 29 1944 23 47 34 9 2.22
8 Schoolboy Rowe .750 24 1934 24 45 30 8 3.45
9 Hal Newhouser .743 26 1946 25 37 34 9 1.94
10 Hal Newhouser .735 25 1945 24 40 36 9 1.81
11 Denny McLain .727 24 1969 25 42 41 9 2.80
12 Jack Morris .724 21 1986 31 35 35 8 3.27
13 Frank Lary .719 23 1961 31 36 36 9 3.24
14 Jim Bunning .714 20 1957 25 45 30 8 2.69
15 Hooks Dauss .700 21 1919 29 34 32 9 3.55
16 Bill Gullickson .690 20 1991 32 35 35 9 3.90
17 Joe Coleman .690 20 1971 24 39 38 9 3.15
18 Tommy Bridges .677 21 1935 28 36 34 10 3.51
19 Ed Willett .677 21 1909 25 41 34 10 2.34
20 Tommy Bridges .676 23 1936 29 39 38 11 3.60
21 Earl Wilson .667 22 1967 32 39 38 11 3.27
22 Tommy Bridges .667 22 1934 27 36 35 11 3.67
23 Ed Summers .667 24 1908 23 40 32 12 1.64
24 Dizzy Trout .659 27 1944 29 49 40 14 2.12
25 Ed Killian .658 25 1907 30 42 34 13 1.78
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Generated 9/21/2013.

For all Major League 20-game winners, Scherzer would have the sixth-best winning percentage, tied with Roger Clemens from his 2001 season in New York:

Rk Player W-L% W Year Age Tm Lg G GS L ERA
1 Ron Guidry .893 25 1978 27 NYY AL 35 35 3 1.74
2 Lefty Grove .886 31 1931 31 PHA AL 41 30 4 2.06
3 Cliff Lee .880 22 2008 29 CLE AL 31 31 3 2.54
4 Preacher Roe .880 22 1951 35 BRO NL 34 33 3 3.04
5 Smoky Joe Wood .872 34 1912 22 BOS AL 43 38 5 1.91
6 Max Scherzer .870 20 2013 28 DET AL 31 31 3 3.00
7 Roger Clemens .870 20 2001 38 NYY AL 33 33 3 3.51
8 David Cone .870 20 1988 25 NYM NL 35 28 3 2.22
9 Whitey Ford .862 25 1961 32 NYY AL 39 39 4 3.21
10 Bill Donovan .862 25 1907 30 DET AL 32 28 4 2.19
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Generated 9/21/2013.

Scherzer is the 11th Tiger ever to record 20 wins and 200 strikeouts in a season:

Rk Player Year W SO G GS L IP H R ER BB ERA
1 Max Scherzer 2013 20 230 31 31 3 207.1 150 73 69 50 3.00
2 Justin Verlander 2011 24 250 34 34 5 251.0 174 73 67 57 2.40
3 Jack Morris 1986 21 223 35 35 8 267.0 229 105 97 82 3.27
4 Jack Morris 1983 20 232 37 37 13 293.2 257 117 109 83 3.34
5 Joe Coleman 1973 23 202 40 40 15 288.1 283 125 113 93 3.53
6 Mickey Lolich 1972 22 250 41 41 14 327.1 282 100 91 74 2.50
7 Mickey Lolich 1971 25 308 45 45 14 376.0 336 133 122 92 2.92
8 Joe Coleman 1971 20 236 39 38 9 286.0 241 106 100 96 3.15
9 Denny McLain 1968 31 280 41 41 6 336.0 241 86 73 63 1.96
10 Hal Newhouser 1946 26 275 37 34 9 292.2 215 77 63 98 1.94
11 Hal Newhouser 1945 25 212 40 36 9 313.1 239 73 63 110 1.81
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Generated 9/21/2013.

Finally, if you’re a fan of Wins Above Replacement, Scherzer’s season currently ranks 19th among Tigers 20-win campaign in terms of Pitching WAR:

Rk Player WAR W Year Age G GS CG SHO L IP H R ER BB SO ERA
1 Hal Newhouser 11.2 25 1945 24 40 36 29 8 9 313.1 239 73 63 110 212 1.81
2 Dizzy Trout 9.6 27 1944 29 49 40 33 7 14 352.1 314 104 83 83 144 2.12
3 Hal Newhouser 9.5 26 1946 25 37 34 29 6 9 292.2 215 77 63 98 275 1.94
4 Mickey Lolich 8.6 25 1971 30 45 45 29 4 14 376.0 336 133 122 92 308 2.92
5 Justin Verlander 8.4 24 2011 28 34 34 4 2 5 251.0 174 73 67 57 250 2.40
6 Denny McLain 8.2 24 1969 25 42 41 23 9 9 325.0 288 105 101 67 181 2.80
7 Hal Newhouser 8.0 29 1944 23 47 34 25 6 9 312.1 264 94 77 102 187 2.22
8 Bobo Newsom 7.6 21 1940 32 36 34 20 3 5 264.0 235 110 83 100 164 2.83
9 Mickey Lolich 7.4 22 1972 31 41 41 23 4 14 327.1 282 100 91 74 250 2.50
10 Denny McLain 7.4 31 1968 24 41 41 28 6 6 336.0 241 86 73 63 280 1.96
11 Roscoe Miller 7.1 23 1901 24 38 36 35 3 13 332.0 339 168 109 98 79 2.95
12 Ed Killian 6.8 23 1905 28 39 37 33 8 14 313.1 263 108 79 102 110 2.27
13 Ed Killian 6.6 25 1907 30 42 34 29 3 13 314.0 286 103 62 91 96 1.78
14 Harry Coveleski 6.4 21 1916 30 44 39 22 3 11 324.1 278 105 71 63 108 1.97
15 Jim Bunning 6.3 20 1957 25 45 30 14 1 8 267.1 214 91 80 72 182 2.69
16 Hal Newhouser 6.3 21 1948 27 39 35 19 2 12 272.1 249 109 91 99 143 3.01
17 Tommy Bridges 6.3 23 1936 29 39 38 26 5 11 294.2 289 141 118 115 175 3.60
18 Frank Lary 6.2 21 1956 26 41 38 20 3 13 294.0 289 116 103 116 165 3.15
19 Max Scherzer 5.9 20 2013 28 31 31 0 0 3 207.1 150 73 69 50 230 3.00
20 Joe Coleman 5.9 23 1973 26 40 40 13 2 15 288.1 283 125 113 93 202 3.53
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/21/2013.
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