The Detroit Tigers face the Minnesota Twins with both teams on opposite ends of the American League Central Division. The Tigers have a 41-62 record and have only won three of their last 10 games while the Twins have a 53-48 record and are in first place in the division. For the upcoming game, the Tigers will turn to Tarik Skubal who looks to build off two scoreless outings as their starting pitcher while the Twins will turn to Aaron Sanchez to start the game.
Tigers hope Skubal can help out awful lineupThe Tigers are having a season to forget and with a day left until the trade deadline, look poised to move some of their key players. One of the few bright spots for the Tigers has been Tarik Skubal who has allowed only 53 runs in 112.2 innings pitched while tossing 113 strikeouts. Moreover, with a .357 expected opponent Slugging Percentage, a 5.4 Barrel Percentage, and a 3.25 expected ERA, opponents are making weak contact off the bat and struggling to drive in runs against Skubal.
While Skubal is having a great season, the batting order is one of the worst in the league, scoring only 3.24 runs per game with only four runs in the last two games. Harold Castro is slashing .281/.314/.408 with 93 total bases while Miguel Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario have combined for 14 home runs and 212 total bases to add power to the lineup but the rest of the lineup has struggled. Only four batters have 100 total bases or more and only one batter in the lineup has an OPS+ over 100, allowing opposing pitchers to eliminate the hapless batting order as a result.
Twins hope offense can help struggling SanchezThe Twins are having a great season and are in the driver's seat to take the division at the end of the year. The team will turn to Aaron Sanchez to start the upcoming game who is having a rough season on the mound, allowing 30 runs in only 31.1 innings pitched. Additionally, with a .299 expected opponent Batting Average, a 51.7 Hard-Hit Percentage, and a 5.11 expected ERA, opponents are making contact and powering the ball at will against Sanchez who eagerly hopes to turn things around in the second half of the season.
While Sanchez has struggled, the lineup has been great throughout the season, scoring 4.56 runs per game including nine runs in the last two games. Luis Arraez is slashing .334/.405/.434 with 144 total bases while Byron Buxton is slashing .222/.297/.556 with 26 home runs and 160 total bases to add power to the top of the lineup but the rest of the batting order has also been great. Carlos Correa is slashing .270/.339/.449 with 13 home runs and 133 total bases while Jose Miranda and Jorge Polanco have combined for 23 home runs and 222 total bases to add depth to the lineup, making the Twins batting order tough to stop.