Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 2.55 ERA) vs. Michael Fulmer (0-0, 13.50 ERA)
The Detroit Tigers head home to Comerica Park with a sweep in their back pocket from a trip to Pittsburgh. The Pirates aren’t the biggest test, but it was impressive nonetheless by a Tigers team that wasn’t expected to amount to much. Miguel Cabrera had a clutch at-bat in the 8th, as he sent a single through the gap to score Jonathan Schoop from second base.
That was the play of the game and game-winning run. The player of the game was on the bump for the Tigers. Spencer Turnbull spun another terrific game for the Tigers to lead the way. He gave up 1 earned run on 5 hits in 7 innings of work. You like to see that from a pitcher that clearly put in a lot of work in the offseason. We are able to ride Turnbull’s arm to a win on Sunday over the Pirates at PNC Park.
Turnbull is quickly developing into the ace of the ballclub. It wasn’t that long ago Michael Fulmer was expected to be that guy at this point in his career. However, an injury slowed him down and Fulmer hasn’t been able to recover fully. He will get a chance to get going in the right direction against the White Sox at Comerica on Monday. Turnbull has surpassed Fulmer and Matt Boyd in the rotation early in 2020.
The Tigers are holding up well in the AL Central. Many people had them at the bottom of the league, but at least so far, the Tigers are fighting hard and playing like a competitive squad. They’re 8-5 on the season to put them a half game behind the Minnesota Twins in the division. If this were a normal full season, I’d say that the Tigers won’t be able to sustain this, and they may regress in a shortened season as well, but you have to give them a puncher’s chance to get into the postseason.
For that to happen, I think it’s going to require another pitcher stepping up and helping Turnbull. Fulmer for instance could be the guy to complement Turnbull, but there hasn’t been evidence of Fulmer in mid-season form yet. Fulmer gets the greenlight against Dallas Keuchel of the White Sox on Monday. Head below for our free Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers pick for August 10, 2020.
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Dallas Keuchel signed with the White Sox for a multi-year deal worth $55.5 million over four years in the offseason. The former Astro is coming off a couple down seasons by his 2017 standard. He recorded an ERA of 2.90 and 1.12 WHIP for his best season since winning the Cy Young in 2015 with a 2.48 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
Keuchel posted an ERA of 3.74 and 3.75 the last two years, so at least he was consistent. He has been in better form this season and has looked like the same guy from 2017. Keuchel enters Detroit with an ERA of 2.55 and 0.96 WHIP in three starts across 17.2 innings.
He’s coming off a strong performance against the Milwaukee Brewers with just 1 run conceded in 7 innings. Keuchel looks motivated to get back to the feared pitcher he was in 2017 and 2015. It’s a small sample size of work for Keuchel, though, so we’ll see if he can keep his foot on the gas.
This Tigers team is hitting .248 with 4 runs scored on Keuchel in 67 at-bats. He should be able to navigate throughout this lineup without too many problems. I could see a letdown spot for the Tigers after the brilliant weekend they had in Pittsburgh. The White Sox could be the team to knock the Tigers back down to earth with Keuchel at the helm. Michael Fulmer is in need of a positive performance on Monday after a rocky start.
Fulmer enters Comerica with an ERA of 13.50 and 2.25 WHIP in one outing across just 2.2 innings. The Royals banged Fulmer for 5 hits and 4 earned runs in a short stay for him on the bump. After a lot of promise as a rookie in 2016, Fulmer has been regressed to a 3.83 ERA in 2018 and 4.69 ERA in 2019. He’s coming off elbow surgery and doesn’t look up to speed yet. I’d side with the White Sox to get this three-game series in Detroit started with a win.