The Detroit Tigers had a chance last night to reduce the magic number down to one with two games to play, but they were unable to get good pitching and hitting en route to the wrong side of a 11-4 route at the hands of the Minnesota Twins last night. The Tigers will try again tonight when they send rookie Kyle Lobstein out for the biggest game of his young career. Lobstein has impressed in his short time in the bigs, but it is unknown how he will handle the pressure in a game like this.
The Tigers are still in position to clinch the division title tonight. A win and a Royals loss will be enough to give the Tigers a fourth consecutive division crown.
The lineup for tonight is as follows:
Kinsler 4, Hunter 9, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, J. Martinez 7, Castellanos 5, Avila 2, Romine 6, Davis 8
Rick Porcello (15-13, 3.43 ERA) has not been the same pitcher since the calender turned to August. Since August, Porcello has allowed opposing hitters to hit .368 against him and he sports a 6.20 ERA in that period. Porcello started the season 13-5, and has since gone 2-8 in that span. Porcello is at a career high for innings pitched with 204.2, so there has been the question of if he is fatigued. Both Brad Ausmus and Rick Porcello have dismissed the notion that he is fatigued, though the stats definitely support that thought.
That is one ugly 15-13 record based on where Porcello was two months ago. Ouch ..
— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) September 27, 2014
Porcello will finish Sept. with a 6.20 ERA, a .368 batting average allowed, and an OPS allowed of 1.000.#Tigers
— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) September 27, 2014
In last nights loss, RP Jim Johnson tied an MLB record for the shortest outing. Johnson threw one pitch and gave up one hit and was then pulled. After the hit, Johnson was immediately replaced with Blaine Hardy.