The Detroit Tigers are making just their second trip to St. Louis to battle the Cardinals since 2015, and if manager AJ Hinch had his way, it would be far more often that American League and National League teams get together.
Speaking with media members prior to today’s game, Hinch lamented the fact that the Tigers don’t get to visit National League parks more often, of which he admitted to being a “huge” fan:
“It’s pretty unfair to to the AL teams who don’t ever see this and then all of a sudden our pitchers are going to be up there,” he said. “Quite honestly I just want (Mize) to get through it and not get hurt.”
Of course, playing in National League parks comes with a different set of rules – notably with pitchers lining up to bat. Tonight, young starter Casey Mize will be on the mound, but he’ll also be facing opposition pitching tonight. So will the team actually let him hit tonight? Don’t count on it.
“He will go up to bat,” Hinch said. “I don’t know how much we’re going to let him hit.”
Tonight’s game will get underway at 7:45 PM EST.
– – Quotes via Evan Woodbery Link – –