On Deck: Cincinnati Reds @ Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers, fresh off another series win against division foe Cleveland Indians, open up a home and home inter league match up tonight against the Cincinnati Reds.  While the Tigers hitting seems to have shaken off it’s offensive woes, it was the pitching that dominated the weekend series.  The Tigers put the pitching staff on notice before the series started by making some changes in the bullpen and calling up some fresh arms. They also made a couple big changes in the starting rotation with Justin Verlander making his season debut and Shane Greene getting sent down to the minors.  While the starters dominated the series in two out of three games, these changes should help the team from giving up late lead and increasing early deficits.

As the Tigers kick off this home and home series they currently sit in third place in the AL Central at 33-30 trailing the Kansas City Royals by 3 games.  Meanwhile, their opponent the Cincinnati Reds, are having another disappointing season sitting in fourth place in the NL Central with a 28-34 record.  With Detroit’s offense becoming more consistent lately scoring runs and Cincinnati’s pitching staff sitting 22nd in the league in earned run average, Detroit has a good opportunity to come away with another series win.  Miguel Cabrera has been on a tear as of late and Yoenis Cespedes has been playing phenomenal batting behind Cabrera in the line up.

While Detroit is on the up side, there is talk in Cincinnati the the Reds are looking to start selling and prepare for next year.  There have been rumors that star closer Aroldis Chapman might be on the move as they look to bolster the team for next season.  Let’s hope the Tigers can take advantage of a team on the downside and keep Chapman in the bullpen for the series.

Tigers fans we need your help getting Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes and other Tigers to the All-Star game.  Go to mlb.com and cast your vote to make your favorite Tiger and starter in the summer classic.

Probable Starters

Game 1: Jon Moscot (1-1, 4.91 era) vs. Anibal Sanchez (4-7, 5.16 era)

Game 2: Michael Lorenzen (1-2, 4.01 era) vs. Kyle Ryan (1-0, 2.08 era)

TV/Broadcast Schedule

Game 1: 7:08 pm FS-D, 97.1 The Ticket

Game 2: 7:08 pm FS-D, 97.1 The Ticket