Thursday, June 13, 2024

MLB Preview: Detroit Tigers (15-18) at Cleveland Guardians (16-18)


TIGERS DROP SERIES FINALE IN ST. LOUIS: The Tigers lost the series finale to the Cardinals, 12- 6, on Sunday. After scoring five runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-3 lead, St. Louis responded with seven runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good. Jake Rogers hit a grand slam for the Tigers, while Spencer Torkelson had two hits, including a solo homer. Miguel Cabrera also had two knocks with a RBI. Alex Faedo started for Detroit and gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits with a strikeout in 4.2 innings.

MULTI-HIT MIGGY: Miguel Cabrera had a pair of hits and drove in a run in yesterday’s game at St. Louis, notching his second multi-hit game of the season and the 881st of his career. The performance broke a tie with Rogers Hornsby for the 19th most multi-hit efforts in MLB history. Cabrera now has 3,100 hits in his big league career, 10 shy of tying Dave Winfield for 22nd on the all-time hits list.

MLB All-Time Multi-Hit Games List
Rank Player MHG

  1. Ichiro Suzuki 909
  2. George Brett 903
  3. Rod Carew 896
  4. Wade Boggs 885
  5. Miguel Cabrera 881

RAKE ROGERS: Jake Rogers had the big hit in Detroit’s five-run sixth inning yesterday, hitting a grand slam to put the Tigers up 6-3. It marked Rogers’ second career grand slam (other, July 11, 2021 at Minnesota) and was the first for Detroit this season. Of Rogers’ 12 hits this season, seven have gone for extra bases (three doubles, four home runs).

SERIES STUFF: Despite yesterday’s loss, the Tigers still took two-of-three games from the Cardinals. Detroit has won five of its last seven series with the only two series losses in that span coming to Baltimore. The Tigers have gone 2-14 against American League East teams this season and 13-4 against the rest of the league.

TIGERS AND GUARDIANS: The Tigers and Guardians continue their season series tonight with the first meeting of the year at Progressive Field. Detroit took two-of-three games from Cleveland in their first series of the season. In 2022, the Tigers went 9-10 against the Guardians, including a 3-6 record in Cleveland.

AGAINST THE CENTRAL: The Tigers resume divisional play tonight against the Guardians. Detroit has played just three games against AL Central opponents this season, winning two-of-three games from Cleveland. The Tigers have finished below .500 against AL Central foes in each of the last five 162-game seasons, including a 34-42 record last season.

ON THE ROAD: The Tigers are 2-1 on their current six-game road trip, which includes three games at St. Louis (2-1) and three games at Cleveland (May 8-10). Detroit is 7-11 on the road this season. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .213/.277/.330 away from Comerica Park, while the pitching staff has a 4.82 ERA (157.0IP/84ER).

• 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)

TONIGHT’S TIGERS STARTING PITCHER – #43 Joey Wentz • 0-3, 6.67 ERA (28.1IP/21ER)
• Wentz will make his seventh start of the season tonight in the series opener at Cleveland.

• Received a no decision in his last start on Wednesday in the first game of the doubleheader vs. New York (NL), allowing five runs on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 6.0 innings.

• Will be making his first career appearance against the Guardians and at Progressive Field tonight.

• Saw his first Major League action in 2022, starting seven games and posting a 2-2 record with a 3.03 ERA (32.2IP/11ER) and 27 strikeouts…also appeared in 12 games, including 11 starts, with Triple A Toledo and went 2-2 with a 3.17 ERA (48.1IP/17ER) and 53 strikeouts.

• Pitched in the Arizona Fall League following the 2022 season and made three starts for Salt River, throwing 12.0 scoreless innings with two hits allowed, four walks and 14 strikeouts.


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