Detroit Tigers: Three Things to Know for Game 2 vs Marlins
Jose Fernandez vs the Detroit Tigers
Fernandez has never faced the Tigers in the regular season, but has been hit around in interleague play despite a 2.88 ERA in six starts.
In four combined starts against the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays, the 23-year-old has been tagged for 26 hits, 14 runs, three home runs and eight walks in only 19.1 innings pitched. He has also hit two batters over that span. Minnesota and Tampa Bay aren’t exactly offensive juggernauts, so if they can score runs off of Fernandez, Detroit has a chance to do some damage as well.
Of course, this is not discrediting Jose Fernandez, but with a lineup like the Tigers have, there is always potential to score in bunches. That’s what happens when you feature the likes of Ian Kinsler, Justin Upton, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez on the same team.
Speaking of Upton, he is the only Detroit player to have faced Fernandez. In 10 at-bats against the Miami ace, the left fielder is 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts. Everyone is due at some point right?
Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who will be making his Detroit debut on Wednesday, hasn’t face Fernandez, but was his teammate for two seasons. Salty has caught the Miami starter eight different times.