The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will get a four-game series started when they clash at Comerica Park in Detroit on Thursday night.
A pair of teams looking to end their respective losing streaks meet on Thursday in Detroit. The Athletics have lost three straight and 11 of their last 12 on the road after dropping two at Seattle to start their road trip. Outfielder Stephen Piscotty has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 contests.
“I don’t feel like they’re thinking (about) that,” manager Bob Melvin said of his team’s road woes. “We came on the road trip. We felt good. (Monday) we had a lead and gave it up. (Tuesday) we felt like we had a chance to score some runs late and we didn’t. I don’t think it’s something we’re thinking about. The record’s not great.”
Right-hander Chris Bassitt (1-1, 2.55 ERA) will try to help Oakland turn around its road struggles when he starts the series opener. Bassitt worked a season-high 7.2 innings while allowing three runs in a tough loss against Cincinnati in his last time out. He struck out nine for the second time in his four starts and has 31 strikeouts in 24.2 innings on the season. Detroit’s Nicholas Castellanos is 4-for-8 with three doubles against the 30-year-old, who has a 4.56 ERA in four career starts against the Tigers.
The Tigers were outscored 24-6 while losing three straight to Houston to begin their home-stand, capped off by Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat. First baseman Miguel Cabrera (knee) was out of the lineup Wednesday and is day-to-day. Utility man Niko Goodrum is 1-for-14 over his last four games.
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Spencer Turnbull (2-2, 2.42 ERA) gets the nod for the Tigers, who have lost 12 straight against the A’s dating to May 5, 2017. Since opening 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA through his first three starts, the right-hander has gone 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA over a span of five outings. Thornbull had some command issues in a no-decision at Minnesota last Saturday, issuing a season high-tying four walks, but he yielded only four hits in 5.2 innings. Opponents are batting .218 against the 26-year-old. Turnbull, who has never faced Oakland, is 0-2 in five career starts at Comerica Park.
The Oakland Athletics are:
- 39-12 last 51 vs. AL Central.
- 7-0 last 7 in Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers are:
- 1-4 last 5 on grass.
- 0-4 last 4 home games.