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Detroit Tigers Game 3 Preview: Spencer Turnbull vs Trevor Bauer

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 06: Spencer Turnbull #56 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on September 06, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 06: Spencer Turnbull #56 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on September 06, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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The Detroit Tigers look to Spencer Turnbull to provide a quality start against Trevor Bauer

The Detroit Tigers look to take the final game of a three-game series on the road when Spencer Turnbull looks to win the rubber match against Trevor Bauer. The Tigers rallied yesterday after being down 3-1 with home runs from Austin Romine and JaCoby Jones to win 6-4.

For Detroit, a few things have stood out in these first two games that stand out. Their emphasis to walk more in 2020 has not panned out so far, generating just four walks and striking out 30 times. However, their offense came alive compared to game one, generating 12 hits, three of which came by the home run.

Turnbull has never faced the Reds before and looks to build off an impressive camp. Tigers’ starters have gone five innings so far in each game and look to do the same today as they continue towards building throwing later in games.

The Trevor Bauer Narrative:

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So far between CJ Cron and Jonathan Schoop, they have combined to hit .412 ( 7-for-17) with Cron’s home run on Friday. Lifetime against Trevor Bauer, only Schoop has faired better, hitting .300 (6-for-20) while Cron has only batted .167 (2 for 12).

Bauer’s numbers lifetime against the Tigers is 10-6 in 19 career starts. An interesting note, among AL Central foes, his highest numbers like ERA (5.32) and WHIP (1.51) come against the Tigers.  Detroit will look to Miguel Cabrera and Niko Goodrum to provide a spark against Bauer.  Cabrera has hit .324 against him (12-for-37) and Goodrum is at .375 clip, (6-for-16) with two home runs. Home run wise, Bauer has given up 18 against Detroit, second only to Minnesota among AL Central foes.

Statcast and Random Numbers

Here are some Tigers’ numbers from Statcast that pop out so far in two games:

Austin Romine Exit Velocity 105.3 MPH (Single) and for his home run, 101.1 MPH

Miguel Cabrera Exit Velocity 104.0 MPH (home run)

JaCoby Jones’s home run distance: 408ft

In case you thought to yourself yesterday, “Man, it sounds like they were crushing the ball against Ivan Nova”, they were. Three balls off Reds’ bats were hit over 100 MPH, including both home runs he gave up to  Freddy Galvis and Joey Votto.

New Personal

Our staff writer Jon Welter thought the Tigers should sign recently released Chicago White Sox former first-round draft pick Carson Fulmer. Detroit agreed, picking him up yesterday. In order to make room for Fulmer, Detroit sent down David McKay, who struggled with command all summer camp and in his first appearance on Friday.

TV and Radio

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1) and for Detroit Tigers’ fans out of the market, streaming on the MLB app.

Michigan folks, you can find the games by checking out the guide here.

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