Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
When and Where: Saturday, May 11, Target Field, Minneapolis, Minn., 8:10 p.m. EDT.
The Detroit Tigers are set to give Gregory Soto his major league debut Saturday night when they wrap up a day-night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.
Soto makes jump to big leagues from Double A
The 24-year-old Soto (NR) has not been formally announced as Detroit’s starter for this game, but the left-hander is expected to be the 26th man on the Tigers roster Saturday as part of doubleheader rules.
— TigersSRD (@TigersSRD) May 9, 2019
Soto has only pitched 17 1-3 innings this year in part due to a 20-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball for “conduct that is materially detrimental or materially prejudicial to the best interests of Baseball.” The lefty has made three starts for Double-A Erie, striking out 12 in 13 1-3 innings after starting the season in Advanced Class A ball at Lakeland.
“If he’s able to control his emotions and not try to overthrow the ball, and do what he did to get here, then he’ll be fine,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told the club’s official website Friday. “If he tries to get out of whack and throw it 98 miles an hour, he’ll probably have a little bit of an issue. The only thing we can do is stick him out there and see what happens.”
Soto was the team’s minor league pitcher of the year in 2017 after going a combined 12-2 with a 2.25 ERA for Class A West Michigan and Lakeland, striking out 144 in 124 innings while allowing just four home runs.
Stewart to get call-up for nightcap of twinbill
Technically still a rookie, Kohl Stewart (0-1, 7.50 ERA) is also serving as the 26th man for this doubleheader and gets the ball for his second start of the year with the Twins.
Kohl Stewart just walked in if you were trying to figure out the whole 26th man/Saturday doubleheader thing. #MNTwins
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesMLB) May 10, 2019
Stewart’s other start this year came April 24 at Houston, where he was tagged for five runs and eight hits — two of them home runs — in six innings of a 7-1 loss to the Astros. The right-hander made two appearances at Triple-A Rochester after that loss and pitched the first two innings of the Red Wings’ 10-5 loss to Toledo on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old saw plenty of the Tigers last year, going 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in two starts and four appearances covering 19 innings. Stewart made his major league debut at Detroit on Aug. 12, giving up three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 4-2 loss.
His victory came Sept. 17 when he followed Gabriel Moya and conceded only an unearned run in six innings of a 6-1 road win. Jeimer Candelario went 4 for 8 with a double in their matchups for Detroit.
The Tigers are:
- 2-6 in their last eight in the second game of a doubleheader.
- 13-41 in their last 54 games vs. above-.500 teams.
The Twins are:
- 5-1 in their last six in the second game of a doubleheader.
- 10-3 in their last 13 during game 3 of a series.
- 8-3 in their last 11 home games vs. left-handed starters.