With the Tigers coming off another series loss. The first domino in the reboot for next season fell today with David Price being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. While losing Price does bring forth the reality that the Tigers feel they are out of the playoff hunt, it does give them the opportunity to become post season spoilers. That opportunity starts tonight as the Tigers head to Camden yards to open up a series with the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore currently sits 1 game out of the wild card spot and 6 games behind the Yankees for first place in the AL East. The Orioles are coming into this series with Detroit riding a 5 game winning streak, including sweeping the Braves in their last series.
Standing in Baltimore’s way is our Detroit Tigers. The Tigers have a chance to claw back above .500 if they can pull off the rare 4 road game sweep. Detroit is coming off Justin Verlander‘s finest performance of the season as he pitched 8 fantastic innings while allowing only 4 hits, with no walks and 10 strike outs. While Verlander had a great outing, the offense once again continued to struggle. The Tigers managed just 5 runs over the three game series with Tampa. If the Tigers are to play the role of spoilers and make a playoff run, they need the offense to come alive and give the pitchers some run support.
A new season starts tonight with the opportunity to turn the season around and make the best of a bad situation.
Game 1: Alfredo Simon (9-6, 4.46 era) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (9-6, 3.99 era)
Game 2: Buck Farmer (0-2, 9.22 era) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (5-6, 2.88 era)
Game 3: Anibal Sanchez (10-8, 4.61 era) vs. Kevin Gausman (1-2, 4.20 era)
Game 4: Daniel Norris (1-1, 3.86 era) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (8-6, 3.73 era.)
Game 1: 7:05 PM FS-D, MLBN/97.1 The Ticket
Game 2: 7:05 PM FS-D/97.1 The Ticket
Game 3: 7:05 PM FS-D/97.1 The Ticket
Game 4: 1:35 PM FS-D97.1 The Ticket