After a whirlwind start to the week, Detroit rebounded to take a very important series win against the first place Kansas City Royals. As we know by know, Dave Dombrowski is out as GM and has been replaced by Al Avila. Dombrowski’s mark continue’s to be left on this season as new comer Matt Boyd threw 7 innings, giving up only 1 run on 7 hits. While Ian Kinsler continued his hot streak with a walk off 2 run home run in Thursday’s victory. Victor Martinez seemed to break out of his recent slump with 2 home runs and 5 RBI’s. While Detroit’s offense is still considered one of the best in the league, they need some more timely hits like they received yesterday from Kinsler and V. Martinez.
This weekend the Tigers, who sit two games under .500 at 53-55, welcome in the AL East last place Boston Red Sox, (48-61). It was just two weeks ago that Detroit lost a weekend series to the Red Sox and officially become sellers at the trade deadline. However, this weekend plans to be different as many Tigers have admitted to playing with a chip on their shoulder. Tigers faithful will get there first look at Daniel Norris at home as he takes the mound in the opening game of the series. Norris has already been anointed the future of the Tigers rotation as he faces a tough challenge taking on a very deadly, but underachieving Red Sox team.
Boston comes into the weekend series having lost a three game series to the New York Yankees. Boston’s bats all but abandoned them over the three game set only managing to score 6 runs. Boston’s pitching and hitting has had a very rough season. Newly acquired Rick Porcello was given a huge contract to be Boston’s ace and he has underachieved to a 5-11 record with a 5.81 era. Also newly acquired offensive weapons have been a major disappointment. Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval are hitting a combined .260, well below career averages, and well below what the Red Sox expected when signing them to huge off season contracts. However this Boston line up is nothing to sleep on as they are still very dangerous and seem to always get that timely hit from David Ortiz.
Game 1: Joe Kelly (3-6, 6.11 era) vs. Daniel Norris (2-1, 3.23 era)
Game 2: Wade Miley (8-9, 4.55 era) vs. Alfredo Simon (10-6, 4.55 era)
Game 3: Henry Owens (0-1, 5.40 era) vs. Justin Verlander (1-4, 5.04 era)
Game 1: FS-D/97.1 The Ticket
Game 2: FS-D/97.1 The Ticket
Game 3: FS-D/97.1 The Ticket