LOOK AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK
If the Tigers gonna turn things around quickly and pile up the wins, this is the week to do it. After a much-needed off day, the team will head out to Minneapolis for a brief three-game series against the Twins. Minnesota continues to fight for pride and play spirited baseball, hoping to end 2016 on some sort of high note. However, they are coming off a four-game weekend sweep of the red hot Royals.
They are still a relatively solid hitting ball club, slotted in the middle of the pack in all major offensive statistical categories. The pitching continues to be their demise this season. A 4.94 team ERA is the second worst in the entire sport, and no teams are hitting better than they are off Twins pitching (.283 opp. BA).
The Twins took two of three at Comerica in the second series coming out of the All-Star break. Still, the Tigers are 7-2 overall against Minnesota this season and swept the Twins in their only visit to the Twin Cities earlier this season.
This is another team that, in theory, the Tigers bats should feast on this week. Much like the Twins, the Angels of Anaheim are no where to be found in the playoff hunt this season. The hitting numbers are acceptable in most cases, it certainly helps to have a 5-tool superstar in Mike Trout and a run-producing machine in Albert Pujols. But the pitching has let them down in a big way, a lot of that because of injuries to key starters.
Detroit very well might be getting a team that is fading and fading fast. Prior to going 3-3 in their last six games, the Halos had lost 11 straight games and fell into the basement of the American League West division.
In that weekend series at Comerica, the Tigers will see some familiar faces. Former Twins starter Ricky Nolasco has a 5.70 ERA in four starts with his new team, and a 4.32 ERA in three starts vs. Detroit this season. Meanwhile, Jhoulys Chacín will toe the slab in game two, all he did his last time out against Detroit was toss a complete game, allowing one run on four hits.