Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers
When and Where: Thursday, Aug. 15, Comerica Park, 1:10 p.m. EDT.
It has been a trying season for rookie Spencer Turnbull, who looks to end a personal six-game losing streak Thursday when the Detroit Tigers conclude a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners.
M’s likely to keep Wisler on schedule as opener
With its starting pitchers owning a cumulative 5.38 ERA on the season entering Wednesday night’s contest, the Mariners may have found a serviceable workaround for one of their spots with opener Matt Wisler (0-0, 2.38 ERA).
— Tacoma News Tribune (@thenewstribune) August 14, 2019
Though the Mariners have yet to officially name a starter for this game, Wisler is on schedule to appear as an opener ahead of Tommy Milone (1-7, 4.70). Wisler has been highly effective in the role, throwing six shutout innings and allowing only two hits in his four appearances.
The right-hander limited the Tampa Bay Rays to a single in his two innings of work Saturday, but Milone was not as effective as he gave up three homers that accounted for all five runs allowed in four innings of work in Seattle’s 5-4 defeat.
“I feel good (in that role),” Wisler told the Tacoma News Tribune. “Obviously I’ve made a handful of starts in my career. That’s what I did my whole career up until this year as a full-time reliever. I’m used to starting the game.
“It’s a little bit of a different mentality doing it as an opener, but I basically just come in and try to act like, ‘What would I do if I faced these guys (later in the game),’ and pitch that way. I just try to get my way through the inning with three outs, and see what happens.”
Milone has had mixed results in the role as he looks to snap a personal six-game losing streak that dates back to his lone win May 27. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 6.87 ERA in his last four outings as bulk reliever, serving up seven home runs in 18 1-3 innings while yielding 14 runs and 21 hits in that span.
His best outing of the four came against Detroit on July 28 when he allowed two runs in five innings of Seattle’s 3-2, 10-inning victory. Milone is 4-1 with a 3.45 ERA in seven starts and 10 lifetime appearances versus the Tigers, including 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts and four overall outings in Detroit.
Lack of runs continues to plague Turnbull
The Tigers have plated a grand total of nine runs for Turnbull (3-10, 3.68) during his current nine-start winless streak. The right-hander’s overall average of 3.09 runs per start would be the lowest in the American League if he had enough innings to qualify and third-lowest in the majors behind Miami Marlins teammates Sandy Alcantara (2.79) and Trevor Richards (2.97).
Detroit Tigers observations: Spencer Turnbull solid, but Mike Montgomery was just too much https://t.co/RImCzRsshp
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) August 11, 2019
Turnbull made one mistake over six innings Saturday against Kansas City — a two-run homer by Jorge Soler — and it proved costly as Detroit failed to solve Mike Montgomery in a 7-0 defeat. The positive was Turnbull — who is 0-6 with a 5.05 ERA during his current swoon — stretched to 90 pitches in his second start since coming off the injured list with an upper back strain.
“He just kind of lost it a little bit,” catcher Jake Rogers told the team’s official website about the fourth inning, “but from my point of view, he did good. He did what he needed to do, commanded his pitches well, and we were on the same page most of the night.”
Turnbull has yet to win at Comerica Park in his brief career, going 0-7 with a 4.74 ERA in 12 starts. All but one have come this year, and the run support in those games has been pathetically bad, with the Tigers failing to score in six of them and providing 11 runs in those 11 games.
This will be his first appearance against the Mariners. The righty has not been a good pitcher in day games, going 0-7 with a 4.44 ERA in 10 starts and losing the last five.
The Mariners are:
- 18-4 in their last 22 games vs. the Tigers.
- 6-0 in their last six games vs. AL Central teams.
- 37-16 in their last 53 games vs. sub-.400 teams.
The Tigers are:
- 0-7 in Turnbull’s last seven home starts.
- 0-7 in Turnbull’s last seven starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 0-5 in Turnbull’s last five starts during game 3 of a series.