With the loss to the Minnesota Twins tonight, the Detroit Tigers have clinched the worst record in the MLB and the first overall pick in the 2020 draft.
The Detroit Tigers picked up their 111th loss on the year tonight, and with it, the first overall draft pick in 2020. The Tigers struck first in the game, but gave up two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth and would go on to lose one to five to the Minnesota Twins.
The game started with Miguel Cabrera reaching on an error and Jeimer Candelario driving him in with a double in the gap. This would be about all the offense Detroit had on the night, recording only one run on two hits and no walks.
Detroit’s pitching looked great for the first six innings. Daniel Norris started the game and pitched three scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Drew VerHagen came in in the fourth and went for three more scoreless innings until he wound up giving up two runs in the seventh and then one more in the eighth. John Schreiber would give up two more, which was plenty for the Twins to win.
With the knowledge that they have the first overall pick, the Tigers will have a difficult choice to make concerning which player to draft. There are already rumors being tossed around about certain names, such as Spencer Torkelson, but the 2020 college and high school seasons may change things. One of the most important decisions the Tigers will have to make is whether they want a position player or a pitcher. If there is a clear favorite player, Detroit may take them regardless of what they need the most.
The Tigers and Twins will play one more game this season tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. EST. This will be the last home game for Detroit this season. Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound with a chance to earn his second win on the year. It would be cool to see him pick up a win to have a decent ending to a terrible season.