Detroit Tigers (51-55) vs Kansas City Royals (63-42) — 7:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 78 degrees, mostly sunny
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The Detroit Tigers will look for a more mundane pregame than they have had the last couple of days which saw the trading of several players before games last week and the shocking parting of company between the franchise and the long-term GM and President Dave Dombrowski.
This will be the first start for one of the pieces that will be one of Dombrowski’s final pieces in Detroit as Matt Boyd gets the call on Wednesday.
When We Last Met
Justin Verlander‘s up and down season went down again, allowing five runs to the Royals in the first of three games at Comerica Park. The Tigers’ offense wasted several opportunities to get back into the game and fell 5-1.
Boyd (0-2, 14.85) will be looking for his first big league victory after his first two career losses with Toronto. The lefty made his major league debut this season for Toronto and was roughed up, posting a 14.85 ERA by allowing 11 runs on 15 hits, including five homers, in two starts. Those numbers are rough, but his AAA numbers with Buffalo had been very impressive, posting a 2.77 ERA and 0.974 WHIP is six starts. He was a bit wild in his lone outing in Toledo, walking three and striking out one in two scoreless innings while on a pitch count.
Had the Tigers been sellers near the deadline, and made their decision a bit early, they may have had tonight’s Royals’ starter on the mound for them. Johnny Cueto (7-6, 2.70) was roughed up a bit in his first outing with KC, allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings of a 7-6 loss. Cueto received a no-decision in that game. With the Reds earlier this year, Cueto was sharp until he allowed a three run homer to Miguel Cabrera before a long rain delay took him out of the game after 5.1 innings.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Jose Iglesias-SS
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Tyler Collins-LF
- Jefry Marte-1B
- James McCann-C