Detroit Tigers baseball returns on Friday, as the team continues a long road trip. After taking the first two games in Pittsburgh, the Tigers now travel to Houston to battle the Astros.
Detroit Tigers fans are no doubt pleased with the team’s start this season. The Tigers have begun the season 6-2. During the opening eight games, Detroit has notched wins over prominent pitchers such Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez, Luis Severino and Wei-Yin Chen.
Once again, the Detroit will be faced with a tough opposing pitching in Houston. On Friday, the team will oppose Houston ace and reigning Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel. Following the series opener, the Tigers will also get a look at Collin McHugh, who won 19 games last season. In addition to McHugh, Brad Ausmus’ club will also oppose Mike Fiers, who posted a 3.69 ERA in 180.1 innings pitched in 2015.
Just as with the two series against the Yankees and Pirates, the three games in Houston gives the Tigers a chance to see how Al Avila’s new-look roster stacks up against playoff teams from last season.
The results have been encouraging so far, here’s hoping for some more victories for the Tigers! While we wait for the first pitch in Houston, here three things you need to know for the series against the Astros.