Jon Lester (2-1, 5.06 ERA) vs. Michael Fulmer (0-0, 9.53 ERA)
The Detroit Tigers handled their business on Tuesday over the Chicago Cubs at Comerica Park. In impressive fashion, the Tigers jumped all over the Cubs for a 7-1 win. Tyler Chatwood was tagged for 2 runs early in the first frame and he never recovered.
Chatwood was chased out of the game after 1.1 innings of work with 3 hits and 2 earned runs allowed. Jose Quintana, who was recently activated, followed Chatwood and couldn’t hold his own either. Quintana left the game after surrendering 4 hits and 3 earned runs in 3 innings.
That was a game to throw in the waste basket for the Cubs. It’s a night to quickly forget about and put in the past. The pitching staff didn’t do their part, but neither did the offense. They were hung up by Spencer Turnbull, who pitched 5.2 dominant innings with just 3 hits yielded.
Turnbull has developed into the ace of the club for the Tigers. He worked hard in the offseason and his effort is paying off with the best numbers on the team. Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal are expected to be the future for the Tigers, but for now it’s Turnbull taking the leading role.
The win sets up a rubber-match in this three-game series at Comerica. The Cubs were 9-3 winners on Monday night to get the series started. So, it was a nice response by the inferior Tigers. With the victory, the Tigers are a 12-16 team going into Wednesday.
That gives them a slight advantage on the KC Royals, but the AL Central is all about the White Sox, Indians, and Twins. The Tigers trail the Twins by 6.5 games, while the White Sox and Indians are both a game and a half back.
Michael Fulmer, who showed great ace potential early in his career, will hit the rubber for the start on Wednesday. The Cubs will go with Jon Lester, who is coming off a rough performance. Head below for our free Chicago Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers pick for August 26, 2020.
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Jon Lester will look to bounce back on Wednesday after getting roughed up against the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox. Lester was tagged for 9 hits and 5 earned runs against the Brewers, and then was unable to respond against the White Sox, as Lester pitched 3.2 innings with 9 hits and 8 earned runs allowed. This was after Lester was absolutely rolling through the competition in his first three games. Lester gave up just 2 earned runs through 17 innings of work.
Lester has done well against the Detroit roster in previous matchups. The Tigers are hitting .249 with one long ball against Lester in 49 at-bats. Watching out for Miguel Cabrera is advised for Lester, though. Miggy is the one hitter on this team that has done a number on Lester. He’s responsible for 4 of 5 runs scored against him. Miggy is hitting .538 with 4 RBI in 26 at-bats against Lester. If Lester can work around Cabrera and not give him some meatballs to hit, then the Cubs should be alright in this one.
I’m anticipating a productive night for the Cubs’ offense against Michael Fulmer. Fulmer looked like a budding star for the Tigers as a rookie in 2016. He recorded an ERA of 3.06 and 1.12 WHIP and was one of their best hurlers that season. However, an injury and some confidence issues later, Fulmer has been regressing. Fulmer has slid down since that solid campaign as a rookie. He posted an ERA of 3.83 and then a 4.69 ERA in 2018. Fulmer sat out 2019 because of an elbow injury.
Fulmer and the organization said that he was going into 2020 at 100%, but his work says otherwise this season. He’s gotten nailed for a 9.53 ERA and 2.03 WHIP through 11.1 innings on the bump. The longest Fulmer has lasted in four starts has been 3 innings against the White Sox and Indians. Comerica hasn’t been too kind to him either, as Fulmer has been pushed around for a 7.56 ERA and 2.04 WHIP in Detroit. After a lifeless performance on Tuesday, expect the Cubs to respond with a much crisper outing today.