Series Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins 4/19-4/21

Series Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins 4/19-4/21

The Detroit Tigers will play a three-game series, against the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers are coming off a series loss to the Rangers while the Twins are coming off being swept by the Orioles.

Detroit Tigers (10-9) vs. Minnesota Twins (6-11)

Game 1:

Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 8:10 pm EST
Broadcast: Bally Sports Detroit

Game 2:

Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 2:10 pm EST
Broadcast: Bally Sports Detroit

Game 3:

Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: 2:10 pm EST
Broadcast: Bally Sports Detroit

Probable Starting Pitchers

Game 1: Jack Flaherty (0-1, 4.91 ERA) vs. Joe Ryan (0-1, 2.60 ERA)

Flaherty will get the series started for Detroit and he is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA, a 4.15 FIP, a 1.20 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. His last start came against the Twins going 6.1 innings giving up three runs on six hits; he walked two and struck out eight. He has made two starts in his career against the Twins including the one last weekend, he is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts in 12 innings. Ryan will oppose Flaherty and he is 0-1 with a 2.60 ERA, a 2.48 FIP, a 0.92 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. He also faced the Tigers last weekend going six innings giving up three runs, only one earned run on six hits; he walked one and struck out 12. He has now made seven starts against the Tigers in his career, he is 4-1 with a 3.27 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts in 41.1 innings.

Game 2: Reese Olson (0-2, 3.86 ERA) vs. Bailey Ober (0-1, 6.57 ERA)

Olson will get the middle game of the series and he is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA, a 2.98 FIP, a 1.46 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. In his last start against the Rangers, he went 6.1 innings giving up one run on six hits; he walked one and struck out eight. In his career against the Twins, he has made two starts going 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in 14 innings. Ober is 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA, a 5.33 FIP, a 1.45 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts in 12.1 innings. His last start came against these same Tigers going six innings, he didn’t allow a run on three hits; he didn’t issue a walk and struck out three. With that start now in his career against Detroit he is 1-2 with a 4.61 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts in 41 innings.

Game 3: Casey Mize (0-0, 4.11 ERA) vs. Louie Varland (0-3, 8.36 ERA)

Mize will get the finale and he is still looking for his first win sitting at 0-0 with a 4.11 ERA, a 3.31 FIP, a 1.17 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts in 15.1 innings. His last start came against Texas, and he went six innings giving up two runs on five hits; he didn’t issue a walk and struck out six. In his career against Minnesota, he is 0-3 in six starts with a 6.31 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts in 25.2 innings. Varland will go for Minnesota, he is 0-3 with an 8.36 ERA, a 6.89 FIP, a 2.07 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in 14 innings. His last start came against Baltimore going five innings giving up six runs, four earned on 11 hits; he didn’t issue a walk and struck out six. In his career against Detroit, he is 0-1 in his lone start going 4.1 innings giving up six runs on nine hits; he walked two and struck out four.

Tigers vs. Twins Leaders

Tigers:

AVG – Riley Greene – .239
HR – Riley Greene – 3
RBI – Mark Canha – 9
IP – Tarik Skubal – 23.2
ERA – Tarik Skubal – 2.28
K – Tarik Skubal – 26

Twins:

AVG – Alex Kirilloff – .288
HR – Edouard Julien – 4
RBI – Ryan Jeffers – 11
IP – Pablo Lopez – 22.2
ERA – Joe Ryan – 2.60
K – Joe Ryan – 24

Tigers vs. Twins Numbers

Tigers

AVG: .217 (25)
OPS: .632 (26)
R: 71 (23)
HR: 14 (28)
ERA: 3.11 (4)
K: 164 (16)
WHIP: 1.11 (2)

Twins

AVG: .193 (30)                       
OPS: .610 (28)
R: 58 (28)
HR: 15 (26)
ERA: 4.22 (18)
K: 170 (9)
WHIP: 1.27 (13)

Wrap Up

The Tigers need to right the ship after a rough series against the Rangers. At least in the final game of that series the offense finally woke up, let’s see if that can continue against the Twins this weekend.

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