It’s going to be another late night for die hard fans of Detroit Tigers baseball, but it’s the last super late start time until the end of May when they’ll have four 10 PM starts against the A’s and Mariners. The San Diego Padres come into tonight’s matchup struggling a little bit. They won their last game — the second in a doubleheader in Cleveland — but they’re just 3-6 on the year, and 2-6 in their last eight games.
Detroit Tigers (5-2) vs San Diego Padres (3-6) — 10:10 PM ET
Petco Park — San Diego, CA
TV: Fox Sports Detroit (in progress, beginning on FSD+), MLB.com
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Weather: 64 degrees
When We Last Met
According to Baseball-Reference, the last time these two 1984 World Series rivals met was 2008. 2008 wasn’t a good year for the Tigers — it was the only time they’ve finished below .500 (78-84) since the 2005 season — but they did manage to take 2-of-3 on the road from an also-not-great Padres team (who finished 63-99) that season. Starting pitchers for that series were (the much loved) Eddie Bonine, Nate Robertson, and Justin Verlander (the Tigers won the second two).
It’s hard to hit homers out of Petco Park, but Detroit hit six in that series (two each game) — two by Magglio Ordonez, and one each by Ivan Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco, and Marcus Thames.
Rick Porcello takes the mound for Detroit after a very solid first outing against the Baltimore Orioles. He settled in nicely after allowing a first inning run, keeping the O’s off the board for the rest of his 6.2 innings. Porcello recorded just three strikeouts, but he was a groundball machine (61% of batted balls) and mostly stayed out of trouble, only walking two batters and conceding just three hits.
Andrew Cashner will make the start for the Padres. Cashner boasts a powerful right strikeout arm, routinely throwing his fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s. His repertoire is fastball-heavy, but he also features a slider (probably mostly to right-handed hitters) and a changeup (probably mostly to left-handed hitters). Cashner has already made two starts for the Padres — he has a 2.25 ERA (2.66 FIP, 3.65 xFIP) and has fanned 22% of the batters he’s faced on the young season.
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