Detroit’s victory in the final game against Boston was much needed. The team will look to continue their momentum—especially from an offensive standpoint—in the coming weeks.
The Tigers will do battle with the Twins, Angels and White Sox to close out the month of August. Minnesota sports the league’s second worst ERA at 4.96, while Anaheim is the owner of baseball’s second worst FIP at 4.74.
Chicago’s pitching numbers aren’t quite as poor thanks to the presence of Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. However, Detroit won’t be facing Quintana in the upcoming series. The team is slated to match up with Carlos Rodon, James Shields and Sale.
Detroit has gotten to Rodon for 15 hits, eight runs and four walks in only 11 innings of work against the left-hander since he entered the big leagues. What’s more, Shields has been lit up as of late. Over his last four starts, the former Ray’s ERA is an unsightly 17.36. Opponents are hitting .452 off him and have scored 28 runs in just 14 innings.
There aren’t any ugly stats on Sale. However, Detroit did tag him for 15 hits and seven runs combined in his last two starts against the Tigers.