The Detroit Tigers continue to struggle at the dish. They scored three runs or fewer in nearly every game on their previous West Coast trip, including being shutout twice.
After winning two games out of three against the Oakland Athletics, Tigers have lost all four games against the Los Angeles Angels. They still cannot seem to figure out how to win games at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, as they are now 1-11 at the “Big A” since the 2012 season. Last Thursday, Angels starter C.J. Wilson was let off the hook numerous times by Tigers hitters, but earned the victory. In last Friday’s game, Hector Santiago kept the Tigers off the scoreboard, completely.
Wilson in his career vs. Detroit now is 3-3 with a 4.98 ERA in 13 games and 47.0 innings pitched. Santiago earned his first win against the Tigers in his career and now sits at 1-3 with an ERA of 1.71 in 13 games. When C.J. Wilson is slated to pitch against Detroit, fans really don’t know what to expect out of him. If Santiago is on the bump, fans know while he may not win, he’ll keep the Tigers in check.
Every team has those “bugaboo” pitchers. They just know for some inexplicable reason, that particular pitcher will shut them down for the day. Some pitchers just simply love facing certain teams over others. Because the Tigers bats have gone colder than a Michigan winter season, and have faced some pretty good hurlers lately, we decided to look at what active MLB pitchers love to face Detroit.
The minimum requirements for our list will include pitchers who have started at least 15 games and pitched at least 100.0 innings against the Tigers in their career. Which pitchers gives Tigers hitters the most fits?