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MLB Preview: Detroit Tigers (15-17) at St. Louis Cardinals (10-24)


TIGERS WIN IN EXTRAS TO CLINCH SERIES: For the second straight game, the Tigers rallied from a late deficit, defeating the Cardinals 6-5 in 10 innings. Akil Baddoo had a pair of hits, including driving in the game-winning run with a double in the top of the 10th. Riley Greene added three hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while Spencer Torkelson had two hits and two RBI. Spencer Turnbull started for Detroit and took a no decision, giving up five runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 4.2 innings. The Tigers bullpen combined for 5.1 scoreless frames, capped by José Cisnero’s 1.2 shutout innings to earn the win.

ROSTER MOVES: The Tigers have announced the following roster moves:
*Following yesterday’s game, optioned RHP Spencer Turnbull to Triple A Toledo
*Recalled RHP Alex Faedo from Triple A Toledo

GREENE MEANS GO: Riley Greene equaled a career high with three hits in yesterday’s game, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, which is the second-longest hitting streak of his career behind only a 13-game streak from August 20-September 4, 2022. During his current streak, which ranks as the fifth-longest active streak in the Majors, Greene is batting .375/.405/.500 with a double, a home run and five RBI.

WHAT A RELIEF: The Tigers bullpen threw 5.1 shutout innings yesterday against the Cardinals and have allowed just one run in the last 14.1 innings. Since April 15, Detroit relievers have posted a 2.16 ERA (66.2IP/16ER). During that stretch, the Tigers bullpen leads the Majors in ERA, while ranking second in WHIP (0.97).

ANOTHER ONE-RUN WIN: The Tigers picked up their eighth one-run victory of the season yesterday against the Cardinals. Detroit improved to 8-4 on the season in one-run games and have now won their last four contests decided by one run. The Tigers eight one-run wins are tied with Cleveland for second most in the Majors, behind only Miami’s 10.

TIGERS AND CARDINALS: The Tigers and Cardinals conclude their only series of the season this afternoon. With yesterday’s win, Detroit has now won its last seven regular season series against St. Louis. The Tigers have a 29-14 advantage in the all-time series, including a 12-8 edge in games played in St. Louis.

INTERLEAGUE ACTION: The Tigers continue their interleague schedule today against the Cardinals. Detroit has started the season 9-1 against National League foes. The Tigers have finished with a winning record against NL opponents in each of the last two seasons.

ON THE ROAD: The Tigers are 2-0 on their current six-game road trip, which includes three games at St. Louis (2-0) and three games at Cleveland (May 8-10). Detroit is 7-10 on the road this season. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .212/.279/.324 away from Comerica Park, while
the pitching staff has a 4.65 ERA (149.0IP/77ER).

ON DECK: The Tigers continue their road trip tomorrow as they begin a three-game series against the Guardians. Detroit and Cleveland played earlier this season at Comerica Park with the Tigers winning two-of-three games. Detroit went 9-10 against the Guardians last season, including a 3-6 record at Progressive Field.

• RHP Beau Brieske (right upper arm discomfort, 15-day IL on March 30, retroactive to March 27)

• OF Kerry Carpenter (right shoulder sprain, 10-day IL on April 29, retroactive to April 28)

• RHP Matt Manning (right foot fracture, 60-day IL on April 12)

• OF Austin Meadows (anxiety, 60-day IL on April 8, retroactive to April 7)

• RHP Casey Mize (right elbow sprain, 60-day IL on February 17)

• RHP Freddy Pacheco (right elbow sprain, 60-day IL on March 27)

• LHP Tarik Skubal (left elbow strain, 60-day IL on March 14)

• RHP Trey Wingenter (right biceps tendinitis, 15-day IL on April 22, retroactive to April 19)

TODAY’S TIGERS STARTING PITCHER – #49 Alex Faedo • No Record (0-1, 2.50 ERA (18.0IP/5ER) in Triple A)
• Faedo will make his season debut for the Tigers this afternoon in the series finale at St. Louis.

• Made his most recent start with Triple A Toledo last Sunday vs. Syracuse, throwing 4.0 no-hit innings with one walk and five strikeouts. • Has made five starts with the Mud Hens this season, posting a 0-1 record with a 2.50 ERA (18.0IP/5ER) and 19 strikeouts.

• Will be making his first career appearance against the Cardinals and at Busch Stadium this afternoon.

• Saw the first Major League action of his career in 2022 with the Tigers, starting 12 games and going 1-5 with a 5.53 ERA (53.2IP/33ER) and 44 strikeouts.

• Began his big league career by throwing at least 5.0 innings and allowing no more than two runs in each of his first seven starts… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, joined Jered Weaver in 2006 and Boo Ferriss in 1945 as the only pitchers to accomplish that…was the first Tigers pitcher to ever do so in more than four straight games to start his career.


RECENT REDBIRDS: The Cardinals conclude their six-game homestand (0-3 vs. LAA, 0-2 vs. DET) this afternoon with the final game of their three game series against the Detroit Tigers…after being swept in consecutive three-game series by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels, and a loss in the first two games of this series, the Cardinals are trying to snap a season-high eight-game losing streak, the longest active losing streak in MLB and tied for the longest in MLB this season with Colorado. This is their longest skid since a nine-game losing streak Sept. 7-15, 2007…the Cardinals have won two of their first 11 series this season, and split one.

CARDINALS HONOR CABRERA: Prior to today’s game, the Cardinals organization will honor Miguel Cabrera on his 21-year career with the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers. The two-time league Most Valuable Player, 12-time AllStar and first Triple Crown winner (2012) in the American League since 1967 will call it a career at the end of the season. He is one of seven players in Major League history with 3,000 htis and 500 home runs. Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak and pitcher Adam Wainwright will make a pre-game presentation.

ROAD TRIP RELICS: Tommorow, the Cardinals continue a three-city road trip through the three oldest active ballparks in Major League Baseball all in succession on the road. The journey started with Dodger Stadium (1962) April 28-30 during their most recent road trip. Wrigley Field, opened in 1914, continues the trip on the three-game series, before St. Louis barnstorms into Boston for the completion of the road trip with three at Fenway Park (1912) from May 12-14.

NOOT’S A HOOT: Lars Nootbaar has nine hits over his last three games, the most in MLB, including a Major League-leading .692 (9-13) batting average. The last Cardinal player to accumulate nine or more hits over a three-game period was Corey Dickerson Aug. 23-25, 2022, when he tallied 10 straight hits over 10 plate appearances. The Cardinals record for most hits over a four-game span is 15 by Stan Musial from Aug. 9-12, 1946.

DON’T GET MAD, GET STEVEN!: Today’s starting pitcher Steven Matz has a 6-0 record with a 1.76 ERA in 12 career starts vs. American League Central opponents. Matz has held the Junior Circuit Central opposition to two earned runs or less in all 12 starts, and among pitchers with 12 or more starts, ranks 2nd all-time against the division behind Joe Ryan (MIN) with a 1.71 ERA and a 12-0 record in 17 starts. Against the Tigers, Matz has two no decisions, holding them to one run in two 6.0-inning starts.

NOLAN STOPPED COOLIN’: Nolan Arenado has started to bust out lately, first recording his first extra base hit to snap a career-long 10-game drought on Wednesday vs. the Angels. On Friday, Arenado snapped a career-long 10-game streak without an RBI. Yesterday, his two-run home run into Big Mac Land broke a 20-game homerless streak, his longest (5th longest career) since a career-high 29-game streak with Colorado in 2014.

AMERICAN STANDARD: The Cardinals have lost their last five Interleague Games dropping three to the Angels and the first two of this series to the Tigers. The last time the Cardinals dropped six straight to American League clubs was Aug. 27, 2016-Apr. 25, 2017, when they lost six straight to OAK (2), NYY (3) and TOR (1). Their longest losing streak to A.L. clubs was in 2006 when they lost eight to White Sox (3), Tigers (3) and Indians (2).

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO: Yesterday, the Cardinals blew their National League-leading eight save opportunity, tied with Atlanta. Currently, St. Louis is on a 20-game stretch without converting a save, the 14th-longest streak in team history since the save became an official statistic. The club record is 38 games without a save from April 29-June 9, 1972. The last save recorded by the Cardinals was by Giovanny Gallegos on April 14 vs. Pittsburgh.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: The Cardinals dropped to 1-7 in one-run games this season. St. Louis and Texas (1-4) are the only two teams in MLB who only have one win one-run games this season. The Cardinals lone one-run victory was vs. Pittsburgh on April 16, a 5-4 walk-off win. Miami leads Major League Baseball with a 10-0 mark in one-run games this season.

LONG RANGE RIFLES: Yesterday afternoon Alec Burleson and Lars Nootbaar each had an outfield assist. This marked the first time the Cardinals had a two-outfield assist game since Aug. 26, 2022 vs. Atlanta when Nootbaar threw out two runners against the Braves.

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