Detroit Tigers (54-56) vs Boston Red Sox (49-62) — 1:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 77 degrees, mostly cloudy
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When We Last Met
If you are a fan of “the art of pitching” you likely were not a fan of Saturday’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox as the two teams combined for 23 hits and 13 runs. The teams traded the lead, but the Tigers took the lead in the seventh on a two-run homer from suddenly hot Victor Martinez to tie the series.
Just when we were ready to crown Justin Verlander (1-4, 5.05) as officially “back,” he laid an egg. After two fantastic starts, and three out of the last four, his last game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday would go along way to seeing if he would be solid the rest of the way for the Detroit Tigers as opposed to just up and down. He was down. Although he went deep into the game, he allowing five runs on 10 hits in seven innings.
If you are looking for a silver lining in that game, he did not walk anyone, which marked the first time in Verlander’s career that he has gone three straight games without walking a batter. He was sharp in his start against the Red Sox in Boston but received a no-decision in the 2-1 loss. He went eight strong innings, scattering seven hits and allowing just one run on July 24.
For some reason, J.V.’s home/road splits are alarming since coming back in June. On the road he’s sporting a 4.03 ERA, while at Comerica Park, where he has historically pitched well, he has a 7.90 ERA.
Boston will send out the 19th-best prospect in the game, according to MLB.com, will head to the mound in his second Major League start. Henry Owens (0-1, 5.40) did not fare too poorly in his first Major League start on Tuesday in New York against the Yankees, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings, striking out five and walking one. The Boston bullpen allowed most of the damage in their 13-3 setback in that contest.
In AAA Pawtucket this season, Ownes is 3-8 in 21 starts with a 3.16 ERA and 1.144 WHIP.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Rajai Davis-LF
- Jose Iglesias-SS
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- James McCann-C
- Jefry Marte-1B
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Alfredo Simon — Day-to-Day
- Miguel Cabrera — 15-day DL
- Kyle Lobstein — 60-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season