3 Predictions for the Detroit Tigers home opener

Detroit Tiger teammates celebrate with Javier Baez after he hit a single off the right field wall.
Detroit Tiger teammates celebrate with Javier Baez after he hit a single off the right field wall. / Eric Seals / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Detroit Tigers offense will fire on all cylinders.

The Detroit Tigers have scored 18 runs over six games and were held off the scoreboard for the most part against the Tampa Bay Rays when they were swept in the season-opening series. However, the Tigers' offense should be able to wake up a bit.

Even with a season where it feels like run production could be problematic, the offense should be able to feast off of Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale. Across 23 starts and ten relief appearances against the Tigers, Sale has accumulated 173.1 innings pitched.

Sale's career record against the Tigers is 10-8 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He's allowed 59 runs against the Tigers, including 24 home runs. The Tigers have to be looking to solve the Sale mystery early and get off to a good start.

The splits may seem as if Sale has the answer for the Tigers lineup, but he did face off against the Tigers when he was still wearing a Chicago White Sox organization as one of the best pitchers in the league.

Since leaving the White Sox, Sale has faced off against the Tigers on just four occasions. He's totaled 25.2 innings pitched, allowing seven runs on 19 hits with three walks issued. So there was still some fits, but the Tigers seem to have the bats going.

After all, the Tigers "know they rake." Well, according to Spencer Torkelson, the Tigers know they can execute at the dish. So, being a little optimistic, I'm hopeful that the Tigers are able to go out and tap into some scoring.

Sale has been dealing with injuries since his tenure with the Red Sox really began, and it seems like he is not the same pitcher he once was. I think the Tigers will be able to take it to him. With the adrenaline and excitement of the home opener, coupled with Sale being a shell of his former self, the Tigers are in a good position for a good showing offensively.