Tigers gain two games on Kansas, sit half game back
Since Detroit started their 17 straight game schedule on August 26th, they are 6-3 over the first 9 games, and have brought themselves within just a half game back of the AL Central Division lead.
After winning the series against New York and splitting the series against Chicago, they have won the first two games of a four game series against division rival Cleveland: a convincing 12-1 win in the first game and winning on the heroics of J.D Martinez, who blasted a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning last night with the Tigers down 2-1. The home run would become the game deciding moment, as the Tigers stunned the Indians 4-2.
Kansas has stumbled as of late, going 5-5 over their last ten games, giving Detroit time to nip at their heels. They have won their last two over the American League’s worst Texas Rangers, and play them again tonight.
Tonight Justin Verlander will look to solidify a series win against Danny Salazar of the Cleveland Indians. Verlander is 12-11 with a 4.68 ERA, and had a strong start against Chicago last week when he threw 7 innings of 1 run ball while striking out 8.
Ortega DFA, Evan Reed placed on 40-man roster
To make room for Evan Reed to join the roster, the Tigers have designated Jose Ortega for assignment.
Ortega has pitched in one major league game this year, giving up 4 runs in 1.1 innings. He has spent the rest of the season in Triple-A Toledo.
Evan Reed was the centerpiece of a sexual assault case earlier this season, when a woman accused him of rape. The case was later dismissed in court. Reed has an ERA of 4.88 in 27 games pitched with Detroit this season, last appearing on June 17th against Kansas City.
Tigers game against New York delayed
First pitch scheduled for 8:15 PM EST.
17 straight schedule, Kansas coming to Detroit
With the day off today, Detroit prepares for their schedule that will see 17 games in 16 days. The Tigers upcoming schedule looks like
Aug. 26th: New York Yankees
Aug. 27th: New York Yankees
Aug. 28th: New York Yankees
Aug. 29th: At Chicago White Sox
Aug. 30th: At Chicago White Sox (doubleheader)
Aug. 31th: At Chicago White Sox
Sept. 1st: At Cleveland Indians
Sept. 2nd: At Cleveland Indians
Sept. 3rd: At Cleveland Indians
Sept. 4th: At Cleveland Indians
Sept. 5th: San Francisco Giants
Sept. 6th: San Francisco Giants
Sept. 7th: San Francisco Giants
Sept. 8th: Kansas City Royals
Sept. 9th: Kansas City Royals
Sept. 10th: Kansas City Royals
The Tigers have a relatively favorable schedule from now until September 5th when they play San Francisco who has played good baseball all season. Though the Yankees have a record above .500, their run differential suggests they’ve been winning more games than they should have. Detroit has played better on the road, and having an 8 game road trip against the weaker American League Central opponents could see the Tigers making a push for the division lead by the time Kansas rolls into town, assuming Kansas is to stumble on their upcoming schedule. Including the three games in the upcoming schedule, Detroit and Kansas have six games left in the regular season against each other, a series Detroit desperately needs to take the advantage in.
Rajai Davis removed from game with left thumb contusion
In Sunday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, outfielder Rajai Davis injured his left thumb while stealing second base in the seventh inning. He was pulled after experiencing a contusion and is considered to be day-to-day. Don Kelly took his place in left field.
It is unclear if he will miss any time due to the injury. With the day off on Monday for the Tigers, Tuesday’s batting practice will determine if the injury is bad enough to keep Davis out of the lineup.
Davis is batting .289/.327/.416 with 6 home runs and 38 RBI. He has stolen 27 bases so far, giving the Tigers much needed speed on the base paths.