The Tigers try to keep pace with the Texas Rangers for 2nd-best AL record, and try to take one last look this season at what rookie prospect Jacob Turner has to show. Turner will be pitching to his old Mudhen buddy, Omir Santos.
The Orioles will be no pushovers; in fact they just finished throwing a monkey wrench in the wild card plans of the Red Sox, taking the series with them after a series win against Tampa Bay which similarly wrenched their plans. The Orioles have played the Tigers even so far this season, splitting the 6 games they have played.
To make things even more difficult, the Tigers have to face the dreaded Rookie Pitcher Guy They’ve Never Seen, this one named Zach Britton (10-10, 4.28).
Jim Leyland has clarified the playoff rotation (inasmuch as anything is clear with him). Verlander will not pitch on short rest; he will start games 1 and 5 (regardless of opponent), Fister game 2.
Player of the Pre-Game: Ryan Raburn
Raburn continues his typical September surge: he is hitting .367 for the month and leading the team in OPS with 1.158
Today’s Omir-Goodness Lineup: