Detroit Tigers: Kansas City Royals Series Preview
During the series with the Royals, the Tigers are slated to send essentially every starting pitcher but Mike Pelfrey to the mound. Pelfrey suffered his seventh loss of the season against Chris Sale and the White Sox.
That means Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer, Matt Boyd and Jordan Zimmermann will start—and in that order as well.
Verlander will kick things off on Thursday against Kansas City’s Danny Duffy. The longtime Detroit ace will look to claim yet another victory over a Royals team that he’s historically been extremely successful against. In his career, the 33-year-old is 20-8 with a 3.21 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 38 starts.
Next up is Fulmer, who will face the Royals for the first time in his young career. The rookie will be opposed by Yordano Ventura.
After those two match up, fellow young pitcher Matt Boyd will take on Edinson Volquez. The former Blue Jay has faced Kansas City more than any other club in his career. He owns a 1-1 record and a 5.59 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched.
Boyd made his Detroit debut against the Royals and was superb, out-dueling Johnny Cueto and holding Kansas City to one run on seven hits in seven innings. He didn’t walk any batters and added two strikeouts.
Finishing up the series and the road trip is Jordan Zimmermann, who will be seeking his 10th win of the season. The former National has an excellent chance to claim that victory against a team that he is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA against in two career starts. Chris Young starts for the home team.