Oakland, CA (WKZO) – The Detroit Tigers will look to halt the Athletics eight game winning streak as they start a nine game road trip, opening with a three game series in Oakland on Friday night. The A’s are 8-2 for the first time since 1992 and are coming off back to back road series sweeps against the Astros and Angels.
In a rematch of last year’s ALDS, there should be no shortcomings of offense as the top two hitting times in the AL will be on display. The Tigers offense has scored six or more runs in five out of their last six games. This was to be expected. What wasn’t expected is that Oakland has scored six or more runs in every game during their winning streak. They lead baseball in runs, hits, homeruns, and doubles. Jed Lowrie leads the team in average at .410. Coco Crisp has four homers and is hitting .318.
The crazy thing is the A’s haven’t needed a top ranked offense to win lately. The pitching rich Athletics staff has been just as good as advertised, if not better. They lead the AL in ERA and are holding opponents to a .240 BA against. Their bullpen has been excellent as well, posting a 2.10 ERA. However, they haven’t faced an offense like the Tigers quite yet.
Enter a Tigers lineup that just got done hitting the cover off the ball in three games against the Blue Jays. 26 runs and 42 hits in three games have the Tigers leading baseball in batting average and fourth in runs scored. Their lineup includes six regulars who are hitting over .333, while Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera rank second and third in the AL in RBI’s. Torii Hunter is making his presence felt hitting a robust .405 through nine games.
In the opening game the Tigers will send out Max Scherzer against Bartolo Colon. Colon is making his second start of the season since being suspended in 2012 for testing positive for P.E.D.’s and hasn’t beaten the Tigers in over 10 years. Scherzer picked up the win in his only start this year against the Yankees last week, allowing four runs and striking out seven. Scherzer was 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in three matchups with the A's last season. Friday's game time is set for 10:05pm. Saturday and Sunday's games start at 4:05pm.
Justin Verlander starts on Saturday vs. Brett Anderson. Abinal Sanchez and Jarrod Parker start on Sunday.
The Tigers follow the Oakland series with trips to Seattle and Los Angeles for three games each.