After getting swept by the Cleveland Indians, the Detroit Tigers return to Comerica Park for the first time since the All-Star break looking to snap their four-game losing streak.
The Detroit Tigers are set to take on the Blue Jays in a three-game series this weekend, and both ball clubs have had their struggles this season. Toronto hasn’t been able to keep up with the talent in AL East with their 36-62. Meanwhile, Detroit has only been able to win 29 out of their 92 games, leaving them 5th in the AL Central. Both teams have had seven consecutive road games with Detroit ending the road trip on Friday.
Friday’s pitching matchup will feature Detroit’s Jordan Zimmermann against Toronto’s Marcus Stroman. Zimmermann was able to break his eight-game losing streak when he was on the mound during last Sunday’s12-8 win against Kansas City. Even though Detroit got the win, Zimmerman gave up seven runs in four innings pitched. Zimmerman hasn’t entirely found his rhythm with an ERA 8.55 in his five games back from his injury. Each time he comes out on the mound is another chance for Zimmerman to get his groove back, and he will be looking for it come Friday night.
On the other hand, Stroman has been impressive for much of this season. In his 19 competitions, Storman has pitched an ERA of 3.25 and obtained WHIP of 1.27. Although his record on the mound is 5-10, many teams have become interested in the 28-year-old righty. Toronto finds themselves in a very situation coming to the July 31st trade deadline. Many expect both sides to be sellers at the deadline, with Stroman’s name seeming to be on the move. With Stroman’s impressive repertoire, the Tigers will have their paws full.
One hot hand that Toronto will need to look out for has to be the second baseman, Harold Castro. In his 39 games for the ballclub this year, he has averaged .317 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. This July, Castro has caught flame. With 41 at-bats thus far in July, he is averaging a staggering .390 and also been able to bang out two triples.
Castro’s current production could be good news for the future of the Tigers organization. The Venezuelan is only 25 years old and has a lot of upside. Tigers fans should watch his game closely throughout the rest of the season.
Both Toronto’s and Detroit’s fans are desperate for something to cheer about, and both clubs will try to make that happen over the weekend. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. Friday night at Comerica Park.