Detroit Tigers(34-28) vs Minnesota Twins(31-33) — 7:08pm
Comerica Park — Detroit, Michigan
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket(click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 66 degrees, clear
The Detroit Tigers are coming off a huge victory over the Chicago White Sox that not only saved them from a series sweep but also marked Max Scherzer‘s first career complete game. After a sound, strong performance by the defense and some solid hits against one of the game’s best pitchers, Chris Sale, the Tigers could be poised to start playing the kind of baseball was saw them play earlier in the season as opposed to the hot mess that’s been showing up as of late. The Twins are 5-5 in the last 10 and most recently took 2 of 3 from the Blue Jays in Toronto.
When We Last Met
The Tigers and Twins have only played each other twice this season because of a game rescheduled for weather during their first series. Each team recorded a win, though it should be noted that the Tigers’ loss was the game in which Anibal Sanchez pitched only 2.2 innings, due to the burst blister that sent him to the 15-Day DL.
Drew Smyly(3-4, 3.81 ERA) had a solid six inning start in his last outing against Boston, and recorded the win, giving up only 2 runs(one earned). Though he struggled through four consecutive starts where the team lost(he was the pitcher of record in two of the games), he looked to have worked out many of his issues and had much better control, only walking one batter and striking out 4 against the Red Sox.
Kyle Gibson(5-5, 3.91 ERA) pitched 7 shut out innings in his last outing against Houston, giving up only 3 hits and walking three.
1. Ian Kinsler – 2B
2. Austin Jackson – CF
3. Miguel Cabrera – 1B
4. Victor Martinez – DH
5. J.D. Martinez – RF
6. Don Kelly – LF
7. Nick Castellanos – 3B
8. Alex Avila – C
9. Andrew Romine – SS
- Luke Putkonen – Out indefinitely
- Joel Hanrahan – Out indefinitely
- Andy Dirks – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – Out for season
- Bruce Rondon – Out for season