Apr 1, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of Petco Park prior to the game between Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers attempt to avoid their first series loss of the season with today’s Sunday afternoon rubber match with the San Diego Padres.
Detroit Tigers (-3) vs San Diego Padres (4-7) — 4:10 PM ET
Petco Park — San Diego, CA
TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.com
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Weather: 62 degrees
When We Last Met
The Tigers were able to break through against Ian Kennedy and the Padres on Saturday night, putting six runs on the board after being held scoreless on Friday night.
But, bigger than the win — and bigger than the game of baseball itself — was the fact that Justin Verlander recorded his first career hit nay, two hits (!) with a couple of singles in the ballgame. Pitching-wise, Verlander was his usual strong self, finishing with 7 IP, 8 SO, 1 HH, 8 H, and 2 ER.
Max Scherzer will make his scheduled start for the Tigers. He’s been fantastic thus far through two outings with 15 strikeouts in 15 innings to go with just two walks. The 1.20 ERA, 2.45 FIP, and 2.66 xFIP have him picking up right where he left off last fall.
Tyson Ross will get the ball in opposition to the Detroit offense. The fifth-year pitcher has struggled in his first 10.1 innings of work (two starts) this season, walking nine and surrendering five runs on ten hits. Ross has typically recorded strikeouts at an average rate in his career, but he’s been dogged by walks most of the way.