Detroit Tigers (26-20) at Oakland Athletics (17-30) – 10:05 PM ET
O.co Coliseum – Oakland, CA
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 56 degrees, partly cloudy
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The Detroit Tigers will attempt to end their three-game losing streak against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. Oakland shut out Detroit, 4-0, on Memorial Day. During the three-game skid, the Tigers have scored two or fewer runs in two of the games, and in the other game, Detroit yielded 10 runs. Tigers fans are hoping both the offense and pitching staff will show up on Tuesday.
When We Last Met
Without Miguel Cabrera, who was resting, and Victor Martinez, who is on the disabled list, the Tigers couldn’t muster even a single run against Athletics starter Jesse Hahn. Detroit had just four hits in the loss.
Detroit starter Shane Greene pitched well for five innings, but then allowed four runs in the sixth. He finished with four runs allowed on eight hits, four strikeouts and no walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Every team wants to send their ace to the mound in order to stop a losing streak, and the Detroit Tigers will do just that on Tuesday. David Price will have the ball, but he hasn’t been too ace-like lately.
Price has allowed 11 runs, nine earned, in his last 19 1/3. By no means is Price been bad, but the Tigers would like him to pitch more like he did in his first three starts of the year.
He is 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings this season.
Jesse Chavez will be on the hill for the Athletics. He doesn’t have a great record at 1-4, but he does have other great numbers: 2.89 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 43 2/3 frames this year.
Chavez, however, hasn’t been as good in his last three appearances. He has allowed nine runs in his last 18 2/3 innings.
Shortstop Jose Iglesias will sit for the third straight day with a knee bruise. Fellow middle infielder Ian Kisler is also getting the day off due to rest. Kinsler is 0-for-16 in the last four games. In order to make up for the lost speed with Iglesias and Kinsler sitting, Rajai Davis gets a start at Designated Hitter.
- Kyle Lobstein — 15-day DL
- Victor Martinez — 15-day DL
- Bruce Rondon — 15-day DL
- Alex Avila — 15-day DL
- Justin Verlander — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season