Detroit Tigers have opportunity on West Coast road trip

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Jun 17, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) receives congratulations from first base coach Omar Vizquel (13) after he hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) receives congratulations from first base coach Omar Vizquel (13) after he hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 25, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Justin Upton (8) hits an RBI double in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Breaking down the Seattle Mariners

While in Western Washington, the Detroit Tigers will miss two of Seattle’s top starters, with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma not scheduled to pitch.

Instead, the Tigers will match up with pitchers Sam Gaviglio, Ariel Miranda, James Paxton and Yovani Gallardo.

Detroit will counter with Sanchez, Jordan Zimmermann, Justin Verlander and Daniel Norris.

Gaviglio owns a 5.93 FIP and has been tagged for 2.36 home runs per nine innings. Meanwhile, Miranda’s xFIP sits at 5.24.

Paxton has been the team’s ace this season with 10.02 strikeouts per nine innings, a 1.7 WAR and a sparkling 2.69 FIP.

However, Detroit will try to cancel out his efforts with Justin Verlander set to oppose him.

Rounding out the list is Gallardo, who has thrown 75.2 innings on the season.

The ex-Ranger’s 6.30 ERA is a bit unsightly, as is his 4.83 FIP and 4.72 xFIP.

Detroit will also face an offense that has seen Robinson Cano (91 wRC+, 0.2 WAR in the last 30 days) and Jean Segura (91 wRC+, 0.0 WAR) struggle somewhat in the last month.

The Mariners will enter the new week with a 34-37 record and a -12 run differential. Like the Tigers, they’re looking to turn things around.

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