Detroit Tigers (65-55) vs Seattle Mariners (66-55) — 7:08 p.m. ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 74 degrees, clear
Two former Cy Young winners will go to the hill in an intriguing matchup in Detroit as fans will see David Price pitch for the first time at home in a Tigers’ uniform and face the likely front runner for another Cy Young this season, Felix Hernandez. Runs figure to be at a premium and it will be fun to watch these two titans square off.
When We Last Met
Rick Porcello‘s poor start was more than the cool Tigers bats’ could handle as they dropped the first game of their series with Seattle, 7-2 to snap a five-game home winning streak. With the loss and another Kansas City win, the Tigers fell 1.5 games behind the Royals and also fell a half game out of the final playoff spot, after being leapfrogged by the Mariners.
Price (11-8, 3.21) is still looking for his first win as a Tiger after a pair of no-decisions on the recent road trip. He was brilliant in his first game, settling down after allowing three solo homers in the Bronx to go nine innings in a game the Tigers eventually won in extra innings. The next game went deep into extra innings, 19 to be exact, before the Tigers lost. David’s stats were not great in that game, allowing four runs over six innings, but he was rolling until he was struck on the thigh and came unraveled. He allowed two of the four runs on a homer, but the bullpen allowed two more of his runners to score.
Price has pitched extremely well against Seattle this season as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. He has gone 1-1, allowing four runs in 17 innings, including a complete game 2-1 victory at Safeco Field on May 13. He recorded 22 strikeouts in those two games.
Not only has Hernandez (13-3, 1.95) been talked of as the Cy Young winner, there is also some MVP consideration for Seattle’s ace. There is no reason not to consider this as the right hander has probably been the most dominant pitcher in the American League since Justin Verlander‘s incredible 2011 campaign.
Felix has lost just once over his last 10 games, but he is a bit vulnerable due to his team’s weak offense. The only loss in that span was a 2-0 defeat in Cleveland, but he also has a bunch of no-decisions in which he has pitched very well and had nothing to show for it. The Mariners got the bats out to support him in his last outing, Monday against Toronto. He surrendered just one run in the 11-1 trouncing. He has not faced the Tigers since April 2013, picking up a no-decision in which he allowed one run on five hits over eight innings, striking out 12 in a 2-1 Tigers’ win.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Ezequiel Carrera-CF
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- Torii Hunter-RF
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Nick Castellanos
- Alex Avila-C
- Eugenio Suarez-SS
- Justin Verlander – Day-to-Day
- Anibal Sanchez – 15-day DL
- Joakim Soria – 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen – Out indefinitely
- Andy Dirks – Out indefinitely
- Joel Hanrahan – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – Out for season
- Bruce Rondon – Out for season