The Detroit Tigers start a 10-game road trip at Tampa Bay where they will take on the Rays, here’s what to expect in the coming series.
The Detroit Tigers are heading south to kick off a 10-game road trip with a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are currently fighting to keep a Wild Card spot while the Tigers have an opportunity to play spoiler and get some experience against a top tier team.
Daniel Norris will take the mound for the first game of the series tonight at 7:10 p.m. EST for Detroit. The young lefty has been inconsistent this season, with a 3-10 record and a 4.94 ERA. He has had some decent starts lately though and will look to continue this trend. Norris will need to be on his game against the Rays tonight because their starter doesn’t allow many runs.
Norris will face off against the veteran hurler Charlie Morton of the Rays. Morton has had a dominating season on the bump, with a 13-4 record and a 2.90 ERA. The Tigers have been hitting the ball well lately, but they will have their work cut out for them tonight. If they hope to win the game, they will need to put together long at-bats and get Morton out of the game as soon as possible.
The Tigers have not announced their starter for game two, but Matthew Boyd is scheduled to start game three. Boyd has been struggling recently, so this will be a good opportunity for him to get a good outing against a solid team. The bullpen will also need to get it together this series, as they really struggled in the series against Seattle.
Detroit played Tampa Bay once earlier this season and lost the series 1-2. While Detroit has little to no chance of making a playoff run, playing against strong teams like the Rays will be a great experience for the young players who are trying to improve and compete for future roster spots.