This afternoon the Tigers begin a 7-game road trip to the dreaded West Coast: dreaded because of the travel, but also because those of us on the East Coast are treated to games that begin after 10 pm. Today is an exception, a rare day game to start off the trip, without a day off for travel.
Speaking of which, by the time the Tigers finish this trip they will have played 17 straight games without a day off, including a trip to the West Coast for a day game, and a Zubaz-clad flight-delayed morning on the way to Cleveland. Previous to that they played 13 straight, giving them only two games off and two coastal road trips in the month of May.
Could their current struggles simply be the result of fatigue?
Below are the days/times (in EST) and projected starters for the road trip:
Monday May 26 – 4:05 Drew Smyly vs Tommy Milone (L)
Tuesday May 27 – 10:05 Max Scherzer vs Sonny Gray
Wednesday May 28 – 10:05 Anibal Sanchez vs Scott Kazmir (L)
Thursday May 27 – 3:35 Rick Porcello vs Jess Chavez
Friday May 30 – 10:10 Justin Verlander vs Hisashi Iwakuma
Saturday May 31 – 10:10 Drew Smyly vs Chris Young
Sunday June 1 – 4:10 Max Scherzer vs Roenis Elias (L)
The should not be an easy trip, considering that the A’s may have leapfrogged Detroit as the best American League team after its collapses against Cleveland and Texas. Oh wait, Oakland has lost 4 in a row themselves. What kind of way is that for two teams to head into a best-in-the-league showdown?
At least Oakland’s games were close; Detroit lost by a combined 35-15 against Texas. Oakland has been beating up on teams this year and has a run differential of +90, which is best in MLB by a lot (the Angels are 2nd best at +47). Some of those teams Oakland has beat up on have been the Central teams: Oakland has a 9-3 record so far against the Central Division. But they have yet to play the class of the division, which is Detroit. Right?
Today’s Memorial Day Shake-Up Lineup:
Jackson batting 2nd, as some of us here suggested trying. Didn’t see Worth at 2B coming–Kinsler has been Detroit’s hottest hitter and is hitting .308 career against Milone. Then again, Kinsler hasn’t had a day off yet this season.
Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day, and a big thank you to all the men and women who have given their lives for our country, and their families.