The Detroit Tigers (28-24), are fresh off a 7 game west coast road trip that saw them drop 5 of 7, including a 4 game sweep at the hands of the L.A. Angels of Anaheim. The Tigers bats all but deserted them through out the entire series as they were shut out for the second time this season and only scored 10 total runs over the 4 games.
The Oakland Athletics (20-33), come into this series winners of 3 of 4 in the weekend home series against the New York Yankees. Oakland is still sitting in last place in the AL West and happy to put the month of May in the mirror. After a decent start to the season, things went south fast for the A’s as they went 11-19, including losing 2 of 3 to the Tigers. Oakland is led by an unusual pitcher/catcher combination in Stephen Vogt and ace Sonny Gray who will face the Tigers in game 2 of the series.
As this series begins and the calendar turns June, there are many questions that need to be answered by the team. In last week’s road trip, the Tigers only scored 14 runs over the 7 games while getting shut out for the second time this season. Can the offense pick up the pace and consistently score runs everyday? Can the starting pitching throw 7 strong innings? Can the bullpen come in with runners on base and close out the inning?
Probable Pitching Match Ups
Game 1: Kendall Graveman (2-2, 5.79 era) vs. Alfredo Simon (5-2, 2.67 era)
Game 2: Sonny Gray (6-2, 1.82 era) vs. Anibal Sanchez (3-6, 5.75 era)
Game 3: Jesse Hahn (2-5, 3.77 era) vs. Shane Greene (4-4, 5.19 era)
Game 1: 7:08, FS-D, 97.1 The Ticket
Game 2: 7:08, FS-D, 97.1 The Ticket
Game 3: 1:08, FS-D, 97.1 The Ticket