Detroit Tigers vs Oakland Athletics Game 55: Game Preview, TV, Lineup


Detroit Tigers (28-26) vs Oakland Athletics (22-33) — 1:08 PM ET

Comerica Park – Detroit, MI

TV: FSD, MLB.TV Free Game of the Day

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)

Weather: 76 degrees, partly cloudy

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Game Preview 

The Detroit Tigers once again look to end their six-game skid as Shane Greene goes to the mound looking to avoid his third straight terrible outing against a pitcher who dominated the Tigers’ poor bats in Oakland 10 days ago.

This is the longest losing streak since April and May of 2011, if that makes you feel any better. The Tigers won 95 games and won their first of four division titles that season, but faced a very bad division and also have a 12-game winning streak along the way.

After this afternoon’s contest, Detroit will head on the road for a three-game trip against the Chicago White Sox before coming home for two games against the other Chicago team, the resurgent Cubs.

The only difference Brad Ausmus has made in the lineup (that has scored four runs over two games) is to swap in Bryan Holaday at catcher. Not sure why you bring Daniel Fields up and waste one of his options if you aren’t going to play him, but whatevs….

When We Last Met

Anibal Sanchez needed to have a good outing to match up with Cy Young Candidate Sonny Gray, but the Tigers found themselves down 4-0 early. Sanchez eventually settled down, but the damage was done in the 6-1 loss.

Pitching Matchup

Last week, in a week in which the Detroit Tigers had a “bullpen” start and a Buck Farmer start because of Alfredo Simon being away on bereavement leave, the club really needed the best out of Shane Greene (4-4, 5.19). So allowing 11 earned runs in two outings is just inexcusable. On Saturday he could not even make his way out of the second inning and was charged with seven earned runs in the 8-6 loss. This followed another uneven start in which Shane allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings of a 4-0 loss to Oakland in his prior start.

Jesse Hahn (2-5, 3.77) picked up just his second win of the season, and had Tigers’ fans yelling at their TV “WHO IS THIS GUY (PG version), when he faced Detroit on May 25 in Oakland. He threw a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out five in the contenst. He did not fare as well in his next outing, taking the loss after surrendering four runs (three earned) on seven hits in six innings against the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Tigers Lineup

  1. Anthony Gose-CF
  2. Jose Iglesias-SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera-1B
  4. Yoenis Cespedes-LF
  5. Ian Kinsler-2B
  6. J.D. Martinez-DH
  7. Tyler Collins-RF
  8. Nick Castellanos-3B
  9. Bryan Holaday-C


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