The Tigers got a temporary lift last night thanks to a 2-run shot from Ian Kinsler, propelling Detroit to a 5-4 win over the Mariners. The Tigers haven’t had much to be happy about, but Kinsler delivered for them in that spot. Kinsler, and a few other big names on the Tigers may not be on the roster for much longer. David Price could very well be gone, along with Yoenis Cespedes, and possibly more. That isn’t to say both players haven’t been good for the Tigers. Price has been a rock in that rotation and has clearly been the ace of the staff. While all else has failed them this season, Price has risen above the occasion and still been strong. He was supposed to be one of the final pieces of the Tigers’ World Series run last season. If it wasn’t for the bullpen, the Tigers could have had a good run in them. But now they find themselves in a position where they are going to need to be sellers at the deadline. Miguel Cabrera is safe, but there is a lot else that is tradable on the Tigers. It is better to get something for them now, then wait for the offseason and get zilch.
The Mariners have had their share of disappointment this season as well. Armed with the addition of Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, the Mariners were hoping they were going to finally have a potent offense. It hasn’t happened quite yet, nothing but a letdown, but we’ll see what they can conjure here in the next couple of months. The pitching wasn’t what it once was for the Mariners, but with the addition of some offense, everyone suspected it’d be able to make up for that. Well, no it hasn’t, because the Mariners record wise are about in the same spot as when they had the pitching and no offense. Read below for the Tuesday night pick.
Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers
Taijuan Walker (7-7, 4.84 ERA) vs. Shane Greene (4-7, 6.32 ERA)
If I recall Shane Greene maybe had one or two good starts at the beginning of the year with the Tigers, and it was looking like they made a good deal acquiring him from the Yankees. Now, it is looking a disaster of a move, as Greene has not only been the worst pitcher on the Tiger staff, but one of the worst in the league lately. Nothing has been working for him for the greater part of the last two months. In five out of his last ten starts he’s allowed 5 or more runs, including three games where he gave up 7 runs. In his last three starts he’s had some eye opening numbers, surrendering an ERA of 12.00 with a .468 OBA and 2.33 WHIP. That is pretty unheard of for a starting pitcher at this level. Greene belongs in the minors, but the Tigers’ hand is pretty much forced at the moment.
Taijuan Walker can’t say much either. At least from what we’ve seen from him lately, coming into tonight with a 5.82 ERA in his last three outings. In his last two starts he’s given up 5 and 6 runs. On the road he’s been particularly worrisome, posting a 1.59 ERA and .362 OBA. Nothing in this game instills any confidence in me with the starting pitching. If Greene gets hit early, the Tigers will have to rely on one of the worst bullpens in all of baseball to carry them the rest of the game. Even if he doesn’t get destroyed early, he should give up some runs, and the bullpen will be in to pitch BP to the Mariners. No reason why this game should exceed 9 runs scored, so look at the OVER 9 for tonight.
PICK: OVER 9 RUNS (-115)