The Tigers head to Oakland for a rematch of the 1972 & 2006 American League Championship Series to face an Athletics team that owns one of the worst records in baseball and is fresh being swept 3 straight at home by the Colorado Rockies. Winning games like these are crucial in trying to win a division in the theory that you have to win games against the bottom feeders. They need to go to Oakland and take care of business to get some steam heading out to the tin can in Minnesota this upcoming weekend. Here is your pitching matchup for tonight:
Tigers Starting Pitcher: Rick Porcello (8-4, 3.55 ERA)
Porcello has been a great story this year for the Tigers and can continue that great story with a quality start against the A’s. He has been a little shaky over his past 4 starts but he has not been beaten once in the span. Porcello can become just the fifth pitcher since World War 2 to win 9 games at age 20 or under before the All Star break. Rick beat the A’s once already this season at Comerica Park back on May 16 going six innings surrendering only one earned run.
Athletics Starting Pitcher: Brett Anderson (3-7, 5.74 ERA)
Anderson has not pitched in over a week and was scratched from his last scheduled start due to “arm pains.” The lefty has had a poor year so far but his last start he did not earn a decision while pitching a decent game against the Padres going 5 innings allowing 3 earned runs with a few strikeouts.
Bottom Line: Brett Anderson is a below average lefty that the Tigers should tee off on. They have a very favorable pitching matchup with Porcello going and as long as the offense shows up, they should have no issues.
The Tigers start a humongous week of baseball after pulling out a humongous 4-3 come from behind victory in Houston on Sunday. They continue the current 9 game road trip on the west coast in Oakland to take on the A’s. The pitching matchups in Oakland clearly favor the Tigers running Porcello, Galaragga, and Verlander out there. Detroit then heads to Minnesota for the biggest series since 2007 and a 3 game set in the tin can. I’ll be back later.