Game Day Thread: Jordan Zimmermann looking to build off last start

Detroit Tigers (29-30) vs. Boston Red Sox (32-27)

First Pitch: 7:10 EST

Weather:  71°F • Partly Cloudy • 0% PoP

Stadium: Fenway Park – Boston, MA

Media: Fox Sports Detroit and MLB Network (out of market) / 97.1 The Ticket

[the_ad id=”80408″]

Tigers Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler (2B)
  2. Nicholas Castellanos (3B)
  3. Miguel Cabrera (1B)
  4. Victor Martinez (DH)
  5. J.D. Martinez (RF)
  6. Justin Upton (LF)
  7. Mikie Mahtook (CF)
  8. James McCann (C)
  9. Jose Iglesias (SS)

What to Watch for:

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
Apr 8, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) warms up prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The key to tonight’s game is simply Jordan Zimmermann and his slider. In his last outing against the Chicago White Sox, Zimmermann was effective with his out pitch and it paid off in the form of a victory, helping the Tigers sweep the Chi-Sox.

The offense will be facing a recent call up in the form of Brian Johnson. Johnson is 2-0 on the season and is coming off a May 27th complete game shutout over the Seattle Mariners. Johnson can be susceptible, however, as his first start of the season was against the Blue Jays who tagged him for a number of runs. If the offense that was there for the White Sox series shows up, the Tigers win; if not, then it’ll be a long weekend.

The Tigers also are welcoming back James McCann from the 10-day disabled list, and in a corresponding move optioned backup catcher John Hicks to Toledo. After a successful rehab assignment, McCann will be looking to jump right back into the mix for the Tigers and contributing offensively and defensively, allowing Alex Avila a breather.

Lastly, something to keep an eye on, several Tigers have strung together some hitting streaks:

  • Nicholas Castellanos: 7 games
  • Dixon Machado: 7 games
  • Justin Upton: 7 games
  • Alex Avila: 5 games

Looking Back: 

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Sep 16, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) reacts after being called for a balk during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers got an uncharacteristically bad start from Michael Fulmer who failed to get out of the fifth innings for the first time this season. The bullpen and the offense weren’t much better as the bullpen allowed the Angels to increased their lead and the offense left 10 men on base. The Tigers were not without their chances, and even staked Fulmer to a three-run lead, however, they ended up losing the game 11-4 as the Angels left Motown with a series win. The Tigers are sitting at 4-2 in the month of June and are looking to decrease the 2.5 game lead the Twins have on them in the Central.

Before You Watch:

Written by AJ Reilly

A.J. is a lifelong baseball fan and an avid storyteller. His debut novel, The Askren Boys, won the Literary Classics Gold Medal and Seal of Approval in November of 2018. When not writing, he is spending time with his wife Jessica, son Jack, daughter Nora, and new arrival Teddy. A.J. lives in Metro Detroit.

Taylor Decker may miss most of Detroit Lions 2017 season

REPORT: Red Wings parting ways with Chris Chelios