Interleague play in Detroit continues between the San Francisco Giants and Tigers. The Giants have completely fallen off the map, while the Tigers are just about there as well. It’s a fall from grace for both teams, notably the Giants who have won three World Series since 2010.
One of those wins came against the Tigers in a four-game sweep. The Giants ended up celebrating at Comerica, and ended up celebrating two years later versus another AL Central opponent, the Royals. San Fran spent money to get themselves back to that point, but nothing is going to plan.
Their biggest offseason target was reliever, Mark Melancon. Melancon has been a major failure right from the start. He blew a game on opening day, and then he watched his ERA fall to 4.35 after a 1.64 ERA a year ago. A career-high coming in 2013 with the Pirates, a 1.39 ERA, which set the rest of his career in motion. It’s been smooth sailing until now. On top of the 4.35 ERA coming out of the bullpen, Melancon is on the shelf with an injury.
Melancon is a perfect capsule for how the Giants’ season has gone this season. They are dead last in the AL West and second last in the majors with a record of 33-52. This is all after they won six games in a row, before losing yesterday. Brandon Crawford went yard last night, but he’s another guy that has been a bust for the Giants in 2017. Brandon Belt is also hitting just .235.
Likewise, disappointments have scattered the Tigers’ lineup as well. This has been the worst start for the Tigers since 2003. Anibal Sanchez, Jordan Zimmermann, Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez all assuming big money on the payroll, are doing zero. They were playing against each other in the World Series not too long ago, but now they’re trying to stay out of last place. Find our Giants vs. Tigers pick below.
San Francisco Giants vs. Detroit Tigers Pick
Ty Blach (5-5, 4.60 ERA) vs. Daniel Norris (4-6, 5.00 ERA)
Daniel Norris is another example on this Tigers roster of how sad things have gone for them this season. Norris, who came over from the Blue Jays in a trade, by this point was expected to blossom into a legitimate starter in the rotation. And for much of last season, he played the role extremely well with a 3.38 ERA in 13 starts. In 2017, his numbers have slipped considerably.
Norris holds a 5.00 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. His worst has come recently, where he’s allowed a total of 10 runs in his last two games, 5 in each. His ERA ballooned to 7.47 in his last three starts, which included a 1.66 WHIP and .377 OBA. The Indians are the only team he’s shown he can contain in 2017.
Ty Blach will counter Norris, a guy who is hoping to cling on with the Giants. He’s clinging on alright, barely. Blach boasts a 4.60 ERA, along with a 6.19 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in his last three starts. It’s an important stretch for Blach who looked nice in a couple of starts a year ago. I think he will get some run support in this game, though, so that’ll help. The Tigers’ bullpen continues to disappoint, as their bullpen has a 5.09 ERA, 2nd last in the majors. The Giants’ bullpen checks in with a 4.25 ERA. Balls should be flying around Comerica this evening. I’d jump on the OVER in this matchup.
PICK: OVER 10 (-110)