This Tuesday, there is a matchup between two American League teams. Specifically, the Seattle Mariners and the Detroit Tigers will face off at about 7:10 PM. This is game one of a three-game series, which will take place at Comerica Park.
Mariners Look To Rebound Following Off Day
The Seattle Mariners are sitting in last place in the AL West division and have practically been eliminated from playoff contention. As a result, the Mariners have continued to play extremely uninspired baseball which has contributed to Seattle’s recent struggles. The Mariners enter this game following a much-needed day off as they got swept over the weekend by the Tampa Bay Rays. Even though it is unlikely that the added rest will the team rebound, it is still hypothetically possible. It also helps when you get to play one of the only teams that are worse than you in the Detroit Tigers.
The Mariners have lost eight of their last nine games and they have gone 10-20 in their last 30 games which is the fourth-worst record during that time frame. On Sunday, the Mariners held the Rays to just one run and still lost. Leading their attack was Dee Gordon who had one of Seattle’s only three hits. This loss was not surprising for the Mariners as they have been awful against quality competition this season. Specifically, the Mariners are just 24-54 against teams with a winning record.
Pitching for the Mariners in this game will be Yusei Kikuchi and he has gone 4-8 with a 5.34 ERA in 24 starts on the year, including a 2-3 record with a 5.55 ERA in 12 starts on the road. Righties are hitting .284 off of him this year, while lefties are hitting .293. He has also been underwhelming since the All-Star Break as he has an 0-2 record with a 6.93 ERA.
The Mariners have been decent on offense so far as they come into this game ranked 15th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.82 runs per game, while also recording the 11th-most home runs in the league with 1.55 home runs per game. On the mound, they have been awful so far as they come into this game ranked 27th in the league with a 5.16 ERA. Meanwhile, the bullpen for the Mariners ranks 25th in the league with a 4.96 ERA.
Detroit Looks For First Win Against Seattle This Season
The Detroit Tigers currently possess the worst record in baseball with a 35-80 record. As a result, there is little to no optimism regarding the rest of the season for the organization. To make matters worse, the team is 32 games out of an AL Wild Card spot with just 47 games left. The main reason for Detroit’s struggles has been its inability to win at home. Specifically, the Tigers are a pathetic 16-41 this season at Comerica Park. Although the Tigers have struggled against practically everyone on their schedule, they have also been unable to beat the Mariners in four opportunities this season. Now, the Tigers have an opportunity to get their first win against the Mariners on Tuesday.
The Tigers have lost 8 of their last 11 games and they have gone 7-23 in their last 30 games which is the second-worst record in the league during that span. On Sunday, the Tigers got destroyed by the Royals and leading their attack was Nico Goodrum who had a solo home run in the 1st inning. Goodrun was responsible for driving in Detroit’s two runs as the Tigers managed to lose by a score of 10-2.
Pitching for the Tigers in this game will be Mathew Boyd and he has gone 6-8 with a 4.16 ERA in 24 starts on the year, including a 3-3 record with a 3.88 ERA in 11 starts on the road. Righties are hitting .242 off of him this year, while lefties are hitting .245. He has also been underwhelming since the All-Star Break as he has an 0-2 record with a 5.08 ERA.
The Tigers have been awful on offense so far as they come into this game ranked last in the league in scoring, putting up just 3.65 runs per game, while also recording the second-fewest home runs in the league with 0.93 home runs per game. On the mound, they have been below average as well so far as they come into this game ranked 28th in the league with a 5.18 ERA. Meanwhile, the bullpen for the Tigers ranks 27th in the league with a 5.13 ERA.
- Tigers are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Detroit.
- Mariners are 0-6 in Kikuchi’s last 6 road starts.
- Mariners are 0-4 in Kikuchi’s last 4 starts after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.