Detroit Tigers (42-40) at Seattle Mariners (38-45) — 10:10 PM ET
Safeco Field — Seattle, WA
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 79 degrees, clear
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The Detroit Tigers are making their second trip to the west coast, and Tigers fans should be happy Monday went much better than the first trip out west did. Detroit’s offense really slumped and went 2-5 in Oakland and Los Angeles in late May, but on Monday night, the Tigers offense was clicking on all cylinders.
When We Last Met
Behind five runs in the sixth and then four more runs in the seventh, Detroit came back to beat Seattle, 12-5, on Monday. Third baseman Nick Castellanos led the way, going 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Designated hitter Victor Martinez was also 4-for-5 with a home run and scored three runs. Right fielder J.D. Martinez, left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, center fielder Anthony Gose and first baseman Andrew Romine had multiple hits as well.
Right-hander Alfredo Simon had another rough start, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, but behind the strong offense, he still capture the victory.
Lefty Kyle Ryan will try to be better than Simon on Tuesday as he takes the mound for the Tigers. Ryan was superb to start the year, but he has allowed 11 runs in his last 14 2/3 innings.
In his last start, Ryan walked five hitters, so hopefully, he regains his early-season form in Seattle.
Tigers fans are not only hoping Detroit does better in Seattle this year, but fans are also praying right-hander Alfredo Simon gets back on track. He has allowed 18 runs and 29 hits in his last 14 2/3 innings over three starts. Simon will have the ball on Monday.
Seattle will send right-hander Taijaun Walker to the hill. He is 7-6 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 91 1/3 innings this season.
But in the last five outings, Walker has been tremendous. He is 5-0 with a 1.67 ERA over 32 1/3 innings during his last five starts. Walker had one of his best outings of the season in his last start. He went just six innings, but he allowed no runs, just one hit, no walks and struck out seven.
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