Apr 26, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstopAndrew Romine
(27) forces out Minnesota Twins first basemanChris Colabello
(20) at second base and throws the ball to first base for a double play in the fifth inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers look to win a series on the road in today’s rubber match with the Minnesota Twins. The Twinkies currently stand in second place in the AL Central, just one game back of the Tigers.
Detroit Tigers (12-9) at Minnesota Twins (12-11) – 2:10 P.M.
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket (click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 44 degrees, chance of rain
When We Last Met
The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on Saturday afternoon, but the lead wouldn’t stick. Starter Anibal Sanchez had to leave the game after just 2.2 innings due to a blister on a finger on his throwing hand, and the bullpen would go on to allow five runs over the final 6.1 innings and Detroit would lose, 5-3.
Kyle Gibson has gotten great results for the Twins through his first four starts. His ERA and FIP are both in the mid-threes, but he’s been getting there in an interesting way. So far he’s struck out fewer than 5.5 batter per nine innings and walked nearly 4.5. That’s not a good ratio, but he hasn’t yet allowed a homer so all the balls in play and free passes haven’t really come back to bite him. Gibson’s xFIP stands at 4.70, so he could see some regression backward if fly balls start leaving the yard off of him.
Justin Verlander will go for the Tigers this afternoon. He’s gotten vintage Verlander results to-date — a 2.18 ERA and 2.94 FIP — but he’s done that with somewhat different peripherals overall. He’s strikeout rate is still low after a slow first couple of game (7.4 K/9) even though they’ve been on-par for him in recent starts, but he’s been ultra-stingy with the home run ball, allowing just one in his 33 innings so far.
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Torii Hunter, RF
- Miguel Cabrera, DH
- Victor Martinez, 1B
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Don Kelly, 3B
- J.D. Martinez, LF
- Alex Avila, C
- Andrew Romine, SS
- Alex Avila-Day to Day
- Anibal Sanchez – 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen – 15-day DL
- Andy Dirks – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – 60-day DL
- Bruce Rondon – 60-day DL