The Detroit Tigers were able to walk away with a win in Baltimore as they blanked the Orioles 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Winning is something that Detroit Tigers fans have seen very little of the month of May. In the 25 games they’ve played this month, the Tigers have come out on top in only seven matchups. Detroit only has two wins to show for in their last 14 games, including a nine-game losing skid during that period.
Even though Detroit’s season is practically out the window, Tuesday’s win is a good sign. This was the second time the Tigers were able to shutout their opponents this season. The only other time was way back on Opening Day of the season in Toronto when they defeated the Blue Jays 2-0 in extra innings.
A strong defensive performance last game is good news for the Detroit Tigers as well, who are trying to gain any positive morale they can. If they win Wednesday night against the Orioles, it would be their first series win against since taking two of three against Kansas City in early May. It would also be their first back-to-back wins since late April when they beat Boston during a double-header.
For a winning streak to be fathomable, Wednesday’s starter Ryan Carpenter has to have a solid outing. In his 14-innings pitched so far, he has an ERA of 9.00 and a record of 0-2. Despite the small sample size, those are not numbers to be proud of. Both of the first two games he started ended in blowouts, as he let in 13 runs over the span of nine innings.
However, his most recent performance was a step in the right direction, as had a good showing against the New York Mets last Saturday. In the fiving innings he pitched, he only gave up two runs and put the Tigers in a good position to try to win. Sadly, the Mets got the best of Detroit’s relievers in extra innings.
Luckily for Carpenter, this time he gets to Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles offense has been lacking this year with a record of 17-38 to show for it. Carpenter had to face teams with some proven firepower in his first two games such as the Los Angeles Angels, and Houston Astros. It seemed like Carpenter gained some confidence back against the Mets. Now is the perfect time for him to strike and obtain his first win of the season.
With Detroit’s season falling apart, a win tomorrow could be the start of brighter days to come. If Carpenter is able to hold his composure on the mound, a victory should surely come.