The Detroit Tigers will host the Toronto Blue Jays in the three-game series opener Friday night from Comerica Park. The Blue Jays will give the nod to 28-year old right-hander Marcus Stroman, and the Tigers will have 33-year old right-hander Jordan Zimmermann take the mound. The season series is tied 2-2.
Stroman Tallies Quality Start in 10th Loss of Season
Marcus Stroman will take the mound for the 20th time of the season, eying his sixth consecutive Quality Start. Stroman resumed his outstanding work by holding the Yankees to three runs in six innings in his previous start, although he was charged with the loss to dip his record to 5-10. The sixth-year right-hander is having a stellar season and he could be dealt by the deadline. Stroman features a 3.25 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 110.2 innings logged on the year. He tossed seven scoreless innings against the Tigers in the lone meeting this season, and he owns a 1-1 record and a sharp 2.17 ERA in four career meetings. Jeimer Candelario is 2 for 8 against Stroman, while Nick Castellanos is 2 for 11, and Miguel Cabrera is 0 for 6.
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Randal Grichuk is one of the hottest hitters in the Blue Jays’ lineup, sporting a .275 average with nine RBI’s in his last ten games overall. The 27-year old centerfielder is on pace for a career-high in RBI’s, and he is currently hitting .232 with 16 homers and 43 RBI’s on the season. Grichuk is 0 for 12 against the Tigers pitching this season.
The Blue Jays rank 27th in the Majors with an average of 4.32 runs on the season. The Toronto pitching staff owns a 4.91 team ERA, pegging them 23rd in the Major Leagues. Toronto holds an 18-32 road record entering Thursday.
Zimmermann Still Searching for First Win
Jordan Zimmermann will make his 12th start of the year, still searching for his elusive first win of the season. Zimmermann’s woes resumed last time out, surrendering seven runs in four innings against the Royals, resulting in the no-decision in a game the Tigers won. The veteran right-hander is having an awful season, logging a 7.01 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP accompanied with an 0-7 record in 52.2 innings pitched. Zimmermann had his best start of the season against the Blue Jays early in the season, tossing seven shutout innings, and he features a 2-1 record with a 2.51 ERA in five career starts. Freddy Galvis is 4 for 17 against Zimmermann, while Justin Smoak is 3 for 12, and Randal Grichuk is 0 for 6.
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Jeimer Candelario has responded from a recent trip to the minors rejuvenated. The 25-year old third baseman has clubbed five home runs along with 13 RBI’s on the month after struggling most of the season. Candelario is now hitting .216 with seven homers and 22 RBI’s on the season, and he is a solid 6 for 18 with two RBI’s against the Blue Jays this year.
The Tigers are only averaging 3.66 runs on the season, ranking them down at 29th in the Major Leagues. The Detroit pitching staff is carrying a 5.14 team ERA, pegging them 26th overall. The Tigers are terrible at home where they own a 12-32 record on the season.
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games against the AL Central.
The Detroit Tigers are:
- 1-8 in Zimmermann’s last 9 starts.
- 11-42 in their last 53 games overall.
- 8-20 in their last 28 games in the first game of a series.