The Baltimore Orioles (14-20) take on the Detroit Tigers (11-23) in the finale of a three-game set at Comerica Park. The Tigers will be eyeing a series sweep after wins the last two nights, including a 3-0 shutout win on Saturday despite losing starter Michael Pineda in the second inning. It's been a rough start to the season for Detroit as they won the worst record in the American League to this point. They will send Tarik Skubel to the hill on Sunday where he'll be opposed by Tyler Wells for the Orioles. First pitch is set for 1:40 PM EST.
Orioles Look to Salvage FinaleThe Orioles got off to a promising start to their six-game road trip after taking two out of three in St Louis but they have hit the skids over the weekend as the bats have gone cold. After getting shutout yesterday, Baltimore has now scored just five runs over their last four contests. On the season the Orioles rank near the bottom in runs per game mustering just 3.44 which ranks 29th. The clubs is batting a collective .231 with a .653 OPS. Austin Hays leads the team with a .291 batting average, while Cedric Mullins' five home runs along with Ryan Mountcastle's 16 RBIs top the ball club.
Sunday's starter Tyler Wells will be making his sixth start of the season. He comes in with a 1-2 record and 3.75 ERA. Last time out he tossed his best start of the season going six innings while yielding just one run on five hits against Kansas City. Orioles' pitching remains a large question mark but the staff has held up thus far entering play with a 3.78 ERA which ranks 18th.
Tigers Try to Build MomentumComing into this weekend the Tigers were mired in a brutal slump as winners of just three of their previous 19 games. Back-to-back wins over the Orioles has helped stem the tide, at least minimally, as the club looks to find its footing after a disastrous start to the season. Detroit ranks dead last in runs per game averaging below three per game. They are hitting just .220 as a team and power has been M.I.A with an OPS of .597 (ranked 29th). Future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cabrera leads the club with a .287 average and 12 RBIs while rookie Spencer Torkelson has contributed three home runs to sit atop the leaderboards.
Tarik Skubal enters with a 2-2 mark and 2.94 ERA over his first six starts this season. He is coming off a phenomenal outing his last time out, blanking the A's over seven innings while allowing just three hits and striking out five. Pitching in just his second full season, the 25-year-old looks poised to take a step up in class this year and solidify his spot at the top of Detroit's rotation.
- The Tigers are 5-0 in their last five games vs Baltimore
- The under is 9-1-1 in the Tigers' last 11 games
- The Orioles are 0-5 in their last five as an underdog in Wells' starts (via covers.com)
- The under is 6-1 in the Orioles' last seven