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Game Preview: KCR @ DET, 7:05pm, Monday, April 30, 2012 @Comerica Park

Royals, 6-15, 6-15 4th, 5½ GB, 5½ GB in WC

SP: Luke Hochevar (28, RHP, 2-1, 4.98)

2012 Gamelogs / 2012 Splits / vs. DET Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2012 (2-1) 21.2 20 12 12 8 16 0 4.98
2011 (11-11) 198.0 192 110 103 62 128 23 4.68
2010 (6-6) 103.0 110 61 55 37 76 9 4.81
Last 7 GS 4-2 42.1 34 19 17 14 36 2 3.61 55
2012-04-25 @CLE W 6.1 4 2 2 3 4 0 97 58
2012-04-20 TOR ND 5.0 2 1 1 2 5 0 84 62
2012-04-13 CLE L 4.0 9 7 7 1 3 0 70 18
2012-04-07 @LAA W 6.1 5 2 2 2 4 0 95 57
2011-09-14 MIN W 6.0 5 2 2 2 3 0 88 55
2011-09-08 @SEA L 6.2 6 4 3 3 9 2 109 54
2011-09-03 CLE W 8.0 3 1 0 1 8 0 117 81
Last 5 v.DET 2-2 30.2 35 19 18 10 30 6 5.28 48
2011-08-29 @DET W 7.0 8 5 5 2 7 0 107 46
2011-07-09 DET ND 3.2 9 6 6 3 4 0 83 20
2011-05-13 @DET L 6.0 7 3 3 3 3 2 102 46
2011-04-10 @DET W 7.0 5 4 3 0 6 3 99 59
2010-06-05 DET L 7.0 6 1 1 2 10 1 109 69
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:    0-10   Road:    6-5    ExtrInn: 0-2 
 vsRHP:   6-12   vsLHP:   0-3    1-Run:   1-6 
 vsEast:  0-4    vsCntrl: 3-8    vsWest:  3-3  IL: 0-0 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 21 Sun, Apr 29  @MIN  L   4-7        6-15  4th  5.5 gb
 20 Fri, Apr 27  @MIN  W   7-6        6-14  4th  5.0 gb
 19 Thu, Apr 26  @CLE  W   4-2        5-14  4th  5.0 gb
 18 Wed, Apr 25  @CLE  W   8-2        4-14  5th  6.0 gb
 17 Tue, Apr 24  @CLE  L   3-4        3-14  5th  7.0 gb
 16 Mon, Apr 23   TOR  L   1-4        3-13  5th  7.0 gb
 15 Sun, Apr 22   TOR  L   3-5        3-12  5th  6.5 gb
 14 Sat, Apr 21   TOR  L   5-9        3-11  5th  6.5 gb
 13 Fri, Apr 20   TOR  L   3-4        3-10  5th  6.0 gb
 12 Wed, Apr 18   DET  L   3-4        3-9   5th  6.0 gb
 Last 10: 3-7    Last 20: 6-14   Last 30: 6-15
Tigers, 11-11, 11-11 2nd, 1 GB, 1 GB in WC

SP: Duane Below (26, LHP, 2-0, 0.00)

2012 Gamelogs / 2012 Splits / vs. KCR Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2012 (2-0) 12.0 7 0 0 0 9 0 0.00
2011 (0-2) 29.0 28 16 14 11 14 2 4.34
Last 7 GS 0-1 9.2 11 7 5 3 3 1 4.66 43
2011-07-25 @CHW L 4.2 6 4 4 2 1 0 78 35
2011-07-20 OAK ND 5.0 5 3 1 1 2 1 77 50
Has never faced KCR as starter.
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:    6-7    Road:    5-4    ExtrInn: 1-1 
 vsRHP:   5-8    vsLHP:   6-3    1-Run:   5-3 
 vsEast:  6-3    vsCntrl: 4-2    vsWest:  1-6  IL: 0-0 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 22 Sun, Apr 29  @NYY  L   2-6       11-11  2nd  1.0 gb
 21 Sat, Apr 28  @NYY  W   7-5       11-10  1st    Tied
 20 Fri, Apr 27  @NYY  L   6-7       10-10  2nd  1.0 gb
 19 Thu, Apr 26   SEA  L   4-5       10-9   1st    Tied
 18 Wed, Apr 25   SEA  L   1-9       10-8   1st    Tied
 17 Tue, Apr 24   SEA  L   4-7       10-7   1st    Tied
 16 Sun, Apr 22   TEX  L   2-3 (11)  10-6   1st  0.5 up
 15 Sat, Apr 21   TEX  W   3-2       10-5   1st  1.0 up
 14 Sat, Apr 21   TEX  L   4-10       9-5   1st  1.0 up
 13 Thu, Apr 19   TEX  L   3-10       9-4   1st  2.0 up
 Last 10: 2-8    Last 20: 9-11   Last 30:11-11
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Wed, Apr 18, 2012 DET  4 @KCR  3        W:Max Scherzer (1-1), L: Jose Mijares (0-1), S: Jose Valverde (3)
Tue, Apr 17, 2012 DET  3 @KCR  1        W:Octavio Dotel (1-0), L: Bruce Chen (0-1), S: Jose Valverde (2)
Mon, Apr 16, 2012 DET  3 @KCR  2        W:Justin Verlander (1-1), L: Danny Duffy (1-1), S: none

Wed, Sep 21, 2011 DET  6 @KCR  3        W:Doug Fister (10-13), L: Kelvin Herrera (0-1), S: Jose Valverde (47)
Tue, Sep 20, 2011 KCR 10  DET  2        W:Luis Mendoza (1-0), L: Brad Penny (10-11), S: none
Thu, Sep 01, 2011 KCR 11 @DET  8        W:Aaron Crow (4-4), L: Phil Coke (2-9), S: Joakim Soria (25)
Wed, Aug 31, 2011 DET  5  KCR  4        W:Daniel Schlereth (2-1), L: Blake Wood (5-2), S: Jose Valverde (40)
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 DET  2  KCR  1 (10)   W:Joaquin Benoit (4-3), L: Aaron Crow (3-4), S: none
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 KCR  9 @DET  5        W:Luke Hochevar (9-10), L: Max Scherzer (13-8), S: Blake Wood (1)
Sun, Aug 07, 2011 KCR  4  DET  3        W:Bruce Chen (6-5), L: Max Scherzer (11-7), S: Joakim Soria (21)
Season Series: 2012 - DET over 3-0; 2011 - DET won 11-7; 2010 - DET won 10-8; All-Time - KCR leads 290-283

Key for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids on the next pageKey for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids Below

Batter vs. Pitcher totals are career totals. All others are year-to-date.

PA - Plate Appearances (AB+BB+HBP+SH+SF+CI)
BF - Batters Faced
BA - Batting Average
OBP - On-Base Percentage
SLG - Slugging Percentage
Last 28d - PA and OPS in the last 28 days.
SB/CS - Stolen Bases and Caught Stealing
HR/E - Home Runs and Errors Made
ERA-K/9 - Earned Run Average and SO per 9 IP
Total - Team totals for those categories.
Usage - See the note below the grid.
OPS - On-Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage (a good single number for measuring a player's hitting, avg. is .750 or so)
RA/G & RS/G - Runs scored and allowed per game.
PA/vRH - Plate Appearances overall/PA's vs. Right-handed Pitchers
Catcher Def. - Catcher Defense with each catcher's Stolen Bases, Caught Stealings, and Passed Balls allowed.
G/S/vB or G/S/vP - Links to the player's 2012 gamelogs, splits, or career batter vs. pitcher results
vLH/vRH - OPS vs. left-handed pitchers and vs. right-handed pitchers
Hm or Rd, Home or Road - OPS or OPS allowed in home or road games.
OF G: LF / CF / RF - A - Outfielders with the games played by position and their total number of assists
vs LHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against left-handed batters
vs RHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against right-handed batters
HR/SB/CS - Pitcher's Home Runs, Stolen Bases and Caught Stealings allowed
MLB Best, Middle, Worst

For the 2011 season

NOTE: Team stats shown are for the 2012 season. Player Stats for the 2011 season. We will switch to 2012 stats on May 1st.

Royals Batters (3.95 RS/G) vs. Tigers Pitchers (4.73 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 64.Below*
G/S/vB
31.Balester
G/S/vB
53.Benoit
G/S/vB
40.Coke*
G/S/vB
20.Dotel
G/S/vB
33.Smyly*
G/S/vB
46.Valverde
G/S/vB
60.Villarreal
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
11.Betancourt G/S/vP ··· ··· 14/.762 4/.500 6/.733 2/.000 4/.000 ··· 584/462 .252/.271/.381/.652 .576/.672 .624 50/.753 4/4 13/21
16.Butler G/S/vP 2/.500 ··· 9/.777 6/2.167 9/.889 3/2.333 7/.453 1/2.000 673/501 .291/.361/.461/.822 .917/.790 .782 90/.943 2/1 19/0
1.Dyson* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 53/49 .205/.308/.227/.535 .333/.544 .483 19/.557 11/1 0/0
2.Escobar G/S/vP 4/.500 3/.000 1/no AB 3/.000 6/1.166 2/1.000 7/.000 1/.000 598/447 .254/.290/.343/.633 .576/.651 .708 83/.778 26/9 4/15
21.Francoeur G/S/vP 3/1.000 6/.833 4/1.000 6/1.167 1/.000 3/.333 13/.398 ··· 656/488 .285/.329/.476/.805 .934/.762 .788 88/.574 22/10 20/5
17.Getz* G/S/vP ··· ··· 2/1.000 8/.762 1/.000 ··· 5/.800 1/no AB 429/319 .255/.313/.287/.600 .636/.588 .561 43/.777 21/7 0/7
4.Gordon* G/S/vP 2/1.000 ··· 4/.000 7/.286 6/.533 3/.666 7/.453 1/2.000 690/478 .303/.376/.502/.879 .829/.901 .817 95/.764 17/8 23/4
35.Hosmer* G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· 3/.000 2/.500 ··· 3/.000 6/1.100 ··· 563/400 .293/.334/.465/.799 .585/.886 .793 95/.662 11/5 19/8
12.Maier* G/S/vP 2/.500 ··· 3/.667 3/.000 2/.500 ··· 3/.000 ··· 113/72 .232/.345/.337/.682 .627/.714 .619 43/.738 1/0 0/0
8.Moustakas* G/S/vP 4/.000 ··· 2/.000 4/1.000 ··· 3/.666 5/.400 ··· 365/267 .263/.309/.367/.675 .494/.741 .715 80/.909 2/0 5/11
27.Pena# G/S/vP 1/.000 ··· 2/1.000 3/1.667 2/4.000 2/.000 8/1.550 ··· 240/168 .248/.288/.338/.625 .600/.636 .770 41/.727 0/0 3/2
33.Quintero G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 3/.000 ··· 1/2.000 ··· 1/no AB ··· 272/213 .240/.258/.317/.575 .650/.555 .547 41/.794 1/0 2/5
IP 29.0 35.2 61.0 108.2 54.0 72.1 16.0 TOTAL .263/.324/.424/.747 .600/.785 .736 .747 14/8 20/12
ERA-K/9 4.34/4.3 4.54/8.6 2.95/9.3 4.47/5.7 3.50/10.3 /0.0 2.24/8.6 6.75/7.9 4.27/7.9

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Pena (48-27-4)
 Quintero (48-14-3)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 127/.252 159/.268 241/.218 474/.279 218/.185 / 301/.198 76/.323 .272  Gordon
 Francoeur
 Maier
 Dyson
148/0/0/20
0/0/153/16
11/9/10/2
0/17/0/0
OPS .660 .807 .581 .728 .574 .580 .921 .761
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 53/.661 61/.733 125/.639 167/.584 85/.845 / 179/.687 39/1.036 .762
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 74/.659 98/.847 116/.517 307/.806 133/.410 / 122/.432 37/.806 .761
Home 65/.818 86/.674 132/.644 196/.816 103/.513 / 169/.634 28/.851
Last 28d days 42/.333 66/.643 47/.852 36/.724 31/.366 90/.670 46/.891 7/.629
HR/SB/CS 2/2/1 7/5/1 5/3/2 5/10/6 6/1/1 // 5/9/3 3/4/0 23/17/9
Usage ····X··· X···XX·· ··XX···o ·ooo·X·X ·ooo···o ·X·····X ·X·····X ··X·····

NOTE: Team stats shown are for the 2012 season. Player Stats for the 2011 season. We will switch to 2012 stats on May 1st.

Tigers Batters (4.27 RS/G) vs. Royals Pitchers (4.86 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 44.Hochevar
G/S/vB
47.Adcock
G/S/vB
51.Broxton
G/S/vB
31.Coleman
G/S/vB
55.Collins*
G/S/vB
43.Crow
G/S/vB
40.Herrera
G/S/vB
46.Hottovy*
G/S/vB
50.Mijares*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
13.Avila* G/S/vP 21/.833 3/.000 2/.000 5/1.467 4/.250 2/2.500 ··· ··· 3/1.000 551/403 .295/.389/.506/.895 .779/.939 .949 66/.727 3/1 19/6
26.Boesch* G/S/vP 12/.781 2/.000 3/1.000 3/.000 2/.500 3/.666 ··· ··· 7/.486 472/354 .283/.341/.458/.799 .752/.814 .833 94/.607 5/3 16/3
24.Cabrera G/S/vP 31/1.376 5/1.400 5/.400 5/.600 ··· 3/.000 1/3.000 ··· 7/.453 688/507 .344/.448/.586/1.033 .990/1.047 1.011 95/.940 2/1 30/13
12.Dirks* G/S/vP 3/.666 ··· ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 235/204 .251/.296/.406/.703 .871/.675 .801 33/.834 5/2 7/2
34.Eldred G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· / /// / 13/.462 / /
28.Fielder* G/S/vP ··· ··· 6/1.000 ··· ··· 1/no AB ··· ··· 4/1.750 692/499 .299/.415/.566/.981 .822/1.046 1.096 93/.832 1/1 38/15
14.Jackson G/S/vP 20/.929 4/2.250 1/no AB 3/.000 1/.000 4/1.833 2/.000 ··· 3/.333 668/463 .249/.317/.374/.690 .732/.672 .752 94/.870 22/5 10/3
32.Kelly* G/S/vP 11/.546 2/.000 1/2.000 1/3.000 1/.000 3/2.667 2/2.500 ··· 1/.000 281/259 .245/.291/.381/.672 .381/.698 .564 29/.585 2/1 7/5
9.Laird G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/2.000 1/no AB ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 ··· 3/.000 108/89 .232/.302/.358/.660 .902/.610 .670 21/.907 1/1 1/3
27.Peralta G/S/vP 25/.976 2/1.000 1/3.000 5/1.100 3/1.667 5/1.100 1/.000 ··· 8/.708 576/403 .299/.345/.478/.824 .765/.848 .898 78/.620 0/2 21/7
25.Raburn G/S/vP 9/1.015 2/.000 ··· 4/.250 3/.666 3/.000 3/.333 ··· 3/.000 418/261 .256/.297/.432/.729 .807/.681 .693 60/.406 1/1 14/17
39.Santiago# G/S/vP 19/.872 3/1.000 1/2.000 2/.000 1/.000 2/5.000 1/2.000 ··· 4/1.250 294/237 .260/.311/.384/.695 .832/.662 .786 41/.406 0/0 5/3
29.Worth G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 39/17 .270/.308/.324/.632 .792/.423 .801 8/.393 0/0 0/1
IP 198.0 60.1 12.2 59.2 67.0 62.0 2.0 4.0 49.0 TOTAL .243/.305/.391/.696 .673/.710 .713 .696 6/3 23/13
ERA-K/9 4.68/5.8 4.62/5.4 5.68/7.1 2.87/9.6 3.63/8.1 2.76/9.4 13.50/0.0 6.75/4.5 4.59/5.5 4.58/7.0

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Avila (85-40-7)
 Kelly (0-0-1)
 Laird (16-4-3)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 835/.252 265/.272 62/.283 244/.207 295/.216 266/.237 9/.286 19/.267 228/.275 .264  Jackson
 Boesch
 Dirks
 Raburn
 Kelly
0/152/0/8
57/0/51/7
38/16/22/4
52/2/20/4
17/4/39/1
OPS .742 .765 .840 .685 .681 .711 1.232 .821 .797 .761
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 456/.766 116/.732 26/.670 89/.803 135/.683 120/.919 2/2.500 8/.804 97/.698 .777
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 379/.714 149/.790 36/.951 155/.619 160/.678 146/.537 7/.733 11/.830 131/.874 .747
Road 355/.748 157/.862 17/.721 103/.661 146/.597 126/.747 3/.000 9/1.056 114/.854
Last 28d days 89/.651 23/.698 33/.690 28/.855 48/.650 43/.364 40/.941 12/.917 43/.623
HR/SB/CS 23/20/3 5/5/1 2/0/0 9/2/4 5/7/1 8/6/1 1/0/0 0/1/0 4/2/3 17/18/8
Usage ····X··· X······· ··oX··o· ··o····X ···X·X·· ···XX·oo ··o··X·· ··X·o··· ··X·oX·o

Usage -- each character represents the number of pitches thrown by the pitcher for yesterday, two days ago, three days ago, ...., up to eight days ago:
· - did not pitch; o - less than 16 pitches; X - at least 16 pitches (the median relief outing)
An Example ( ·X···o·X ): Yesterday off, 16 or more pitches, three days off, less than 16 pitches, day off, 16 or more pitches (8 days ago). Yesterday is in bold for improved scanning.