Minnesota and Detroit wrap up their series on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. The Tigers took the first game of the series, 5-3, on Friday. They’ve now won three meetings in a row and are 4-3 against the Twins so far this season.
Twins offense goes missing in the past week
Minnesota comes in dropping four of their last five games, and it’s mostly thanks to their very inept offense. They’ve scored just 12 total runs in that stretch. Some of their more reliable bats lately include catcher Mitch Garver (.261 avg) who has four hits and four RBIs in his past five games. Third baseman Logan Forsythe (.234 avg) is on an eight-game hitting streak and has three RBIs in that stretch, although he has struck out six times.
Probable starter: Left-hander Adalberto Mejia (2-0, 2.01 ERA)
They may be limited outings, but Mejia has done fairly well in five appearances (four starts) so far in 2018. He grabbed a victory in his last start against Cleveland, giving up just one hit over five innings. He’s allowed three hits and no runs in his last 13 innings.
The Tigers haven’t fared well hitting the ball either
Detroit has been able to put up five runs in two of their last three games, so perhaps they’re getting out of their hitting woes. Adding it all up in the past 10 games, they’ve averaged just 2.3 runs per nine innings. Shortstop Jose Iglesias (.266 avg) has been a brighter spot on the batting lineup with four hits and three RBIs. First baseman John Hicks has been limited to sporadic appearances in August and now he’ll be out with a groin injury.
Probable starter: Left-hander Matthew Boyd (6-10, 4.33 ERA)
After stringing together three good starts, Boyd had a rougher outing against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. He gave up four earned runs on six hits through 5.1 innings of work, including two home runs. He was given the early exit after hurling 99 total pitches