Series Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. St. Louis Cardinals 4/29-5/1

Series Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. St. Louis Cardinals 4/29-5/1

The Detroit Tigers will play a three-game series, against the Cardinals. The Tigers are coming off a series win over the Royals while the Cardinals are coming off a series win over the Mets.

Detroit Tigers (16-12) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (13-14)

Game 1:

Date: Monday, April 29
Time: 6:40 pm EST
Broadcast: Bally Sports Detroit

Game 2:

Date: Tuesday, April 30
Time: 6:40 pm EST
Broadcast: Bally Sports Detroit

Game 3:

Date: Wednesday, May 1
Time: 1:10 pm EST
Broadcast: Bally Sports Detroit

Probable Starting Pitchers

Game 1: Kenta Maeda (0-1, 5.96 ERA) vs. Steven Matz (1-2, 5.55 ERA)

Maeda will make his sixth start of the season to kick off this series, he is 0-1 with a 5.96 ERA, a 6.72 FIP, a 1.36 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 22.2 innings. In his last start against the Rays, he had one of his best outings in a Tigers uniform going five innings, he didn’t allow a run on three hits; didn’t issue a walk, and struck out five. In his career against the Cardinals, he is 2-1 with a 5.11 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. Matz will go for St. Louis and he is 1-2 with a 5.55 ERA, a 4.13 FIP, a 1.60 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in 24.1 innings. In his last start, he faced the Diamondbacks going 4.1 innings giving up seven runs on six hits; he walked three and struck out four. In his career against Detroit, he is 0-0 with a 1.56 ERA, a 0.80 WHIP, and five strikeouts in 17.1 innings.

Game 2: Jack Flaherty (0-1, 4.91 ERA) vs. Kyle Gibson (2-2, 4.35 ERA)

Flaherty will get the middle game against his former team, he is 0-1 this season with a 4.91 ERA, a 3.62 FIP, a 1.15 WHIP, and 36 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. In his last start against the Rays, he went five innings giving up four runs on seven hits; he didn’t issue a walk and struck out six. He hasn’t faced his former team yet in his career. Gibson goes for St. Louis, this season he is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA, a 5.21 FIP, a 1.19 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in 31 innings. In his last start, he faced the Diamondbacks going six innings giving up one run on five hits; he walked two and struck out six. In his career against Detroit, he is 11-11 with a 5.66 ERA, a 1.56 WHIP, and 126 strikeouts in 146.1 innings.

Game 3: Reese Olson (0-4, 3.18 ERA) vs. Miles Mikolas (2-3, 5.91 ERA)

Olson will get the finale for Detroit, this season he is 0-4 with a 3.18 ERA, a 2.81 FIP, a 1.30 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. In his last start he faced the Royals going seven innings giving up one run, on three hits; he walked three and struck out eight. He has never faced the Cardinals in his career. Mikolas this season is 2-3 with a 5.91 ERA, a 4.79 FIP, a 1.46 WHIP, and 25 strikeouts in 32 innings. In his last start he faced the Mets going 5.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits; he didn’t issue a walk and struck out five. He has never faced the Tigers in his career.

Tigers vs. Cardinals Leaders

Tigers:

AVG – Kerry Carpenter – .276
HR – Riley Greene – 5
RBI – Mark Canha – 15
IP – Tarik Skubal – 36.2
ERA – Tarik Skubal – 1.72
K – Tarik Skubal – 41

Cardinals:

AVG – Masyn Winn – .315
HR – Nolan Gorman – 4
RBI – Nolan Arenado – 13
IP – Miles Mikolas – 32.0
ERA – Sonny Gray – 1.16
K – Sonny Gray – 32

Tigers vs. Cardinals Numbers

Tigers

AVG: .223 (25)
OPS: .650 (26)
R: 111 (22)
HR: 23 (25)
ERA: 3.14 (4)
K: 239 (15)
WHIP: 1.08 (2)

Cardinals

AVG: .218 (28)                       
OPS: .638 (27)
R: 99 (28)
HR: 18 (29)
ERA: 3.83 (12)
K: 236 (17)
WHIP: 1.30 (17)

Wrap Up

The Tigers will enter this matchup which is a rematch of the 2006 World Series looking to continue their chase to the top of the American League Central, however they didn’t get any help this weekend with the Guardians taking two of three from the Braves. The Tigers however managed to do their job now they need another series win over the struggling Cardinals.

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