Detroit Tigers (31-28) vs Chicago Cubs (30-26) — 7:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 81 degrees, clear
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The Detroit Tigers will complete their two-game set against the upstart Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The Cubs have emerged as a contender in the NL Central in most people’s eyes, but despite being four games above .500, Chicago has a negative seven run differential, which could be a sign of tough times ahead.
The Cubs are 5-5 in their last 10 games and although the Tigers are just 3-7 in their last 10, Detroit has won three straight heading into Wednesday.
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During that three-game winning streak, Detroit’s offense has returned. They have scored at least six runs in the last three games and beat the Cubs, 6-0, on Tuesday. Anibal Sanchez had his best start of the season, pitching 7 2/3 shut out ball with the bullpen taking care of the rest.
First baseman Miguel Cabrera led the way with three hits on Tuesday, but second baseman Ian Kinsler is a huge reason for the Tigers recent three-game winning streak. He has two hits in each of the last three games.
Right-hander Shane Greene will be on the hill for the Tigers on Wednesday. Greene has really struggled at times this year, and with his two recent poor starts, his season ERA has ballooned to 5.40. In his last two outings, the right-hander has allowed 11 runs in six frames. On May 30, he tossed up five home runs to the Los Angeles Angels.
But in the middle of May, Greene went through a stretch of three games where he allowed just three runs in 19 1/3 innings, so Tigers fans hope that Greene returns versus the Cubs.
Fellow right-handed starter Jake Arrieta will take the ball for Chicago. He is 5-4 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 71 innings.
Like Greene, Arrieta has yielded quite a few long balls in starts this year; he tossed up three bombs to the Kansas City Royals on May 29. But in his last start, Arrieta allowed just one run in six frames.
It also appears the Tigers will have to earn every base runner they get on Wednesday because Arrieta has not walked a batter in his last 14 innings.
Lineup will be posted once released.
- 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