The Detroit Tigers sent fans to bed early Wednesday morning content, for at least another day, as they snapped their latest losing streak at three games. Tonight they will look to win consecutive games for the first time since winning on Sunday Night Baseball 10 days ago and donned those jinxed full tiger striped Zubaz outfits.
Detroit Tigers (29-19) at Oakland Athletics (31-21) — 10:05 P.M. EDT
O.co Coliseum — Oakland, CA
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 67 degrees, clear
When We Last Met
Most prepared for a pitcher’s duel as Max Scherzer faced off against Sonny Gray, and a pitcher’s duel was precisely what they did NOT get on Tuesday night. Max continued the inexplicable struggles of Detroit starting pitching by surrendering a pair of two-run leads, allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out just four. Max has allowed 12 earned runs in his last two starts and continued the failure of the starters to record a quality start. Late heroics by pinch-runner Rajai Davis saved the day. Davis stole third while the A’s were off-guard in the eighth and an Austin Jackson fielder’s choice (reached safely on a near inning-ending double-play) scored him. The Tigers’ bullpen made that run stand up and Detroit won 6-5.
The only starter who has recorded a quality start over the last 10 games, Anibal Sanchez (2-2, 2.83), gets the nod in Game 3 of the four-game series in Oakland. In fact, Sanchez has the only two quality starts over the last 11 games for the Tigers, winning both games he has started since returning from the disabled list. Anibal got in trouble early against Texas, allowing two runs in the second, but he shut the Rangers down the rest of the way to earn Detroit’s only win in that series. He was rocked in his one appearance against Oakland in Game 3 of the ALDS last fall, allowing five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Former Indian Scott Kazmir (5-2, 2.56) has done exactly what Oakland wanted from him when signing him as a free agent in the offseason, and more. Last time out, he wasn’t as sharp as he’s shown much of the year, allowing three runs to the red-hot Blue Jays on Friday. Kazmir had an average year in Cleveland last season with an ERA over 4. He was rocked by the Tigers in two starts, surrendering six runs over 11 innings of work.
- Rajai Davis-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- Torii Hunter-RF
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Alex Avila-C
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Danny Worth-SS
- Luke Putkonen – 15-day DL
- Joel Hanrahan – Out indefinitely
- Andy Dirks – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – 60-day DL
- Bruce Rondon – Out for season