The Detroit Tigers seem to be getting back on track after taking 2 out of 3 and scoring 13 runs over the final two games against the Chicago White Sox. In the final game of the series on Sunday, an early error looked to doom the Tigers as they were down 4-1 after two innings of play. Led by early season sensation Alfredo Simon, the Tigers fought back and won 6-4. Tigers pitching was again the key reason they took 2 out of 3 against the White Sox. However, it was the starting pitching of Simon and David Price that did the heavy lifting for Detroit, giving them two quality starts with a complete game for Price and a solid 8 innings for Simon.
As the Tigers kick off a seven game home stand, they sit in third place in the AL Central with a 30-28 record, 3.5 games back of Minnesota and Kansas City. Their opponent for the first two games of the home stand is Chicago’s National League team, the Cubs, who currently sit in third place in the NL Central with a 30-25 record. Detroit’s offense has come back around in the last two games of the previous series and produced like they had been expected to do all season. Yoenis Cespedes has given a nice boost to the offense with his average climbing back around .300, and Ian Kinsler seemed to break out of his funk and collected a couple more hits on Sunday.
The Cubs come in to Detroit featuring ace Jon Lester. Lester is coming off a loss where he allowed 6 earned runs and currently holds a 2-4 record against Detroit with a 4.83 era. Another great reason to head down to the see the Cubs take on Detroit are rookie sensations Kris Byrant and Addison Russell. Both players were highly rated as top prospects in Major League Baseball coming into the season.
Game 1: Jon Lester (4-4, 3.86 era) vs. Anibal Sanchez (3-7, 5.69 era)
Game 2: Jake Arrieta (5-4, 3.04 era) vs. Shane Greene (4-5, 5.40 era)
Game 1: 7:08 pm FS-D, 97.1 The Ticket
Game 2: 7:08 pm FS-D, 97.1 The Ticket