It goes as the understatement of the century, what a rather disappointing season for the Detroit Tigers. In what I think could have been their last push for a World Series before entering a rebuilding era of sorts, the Tigers folded their hand at the trade deadline and started the rebuilding process sooner than anticipated. Owner Mike Illitch isn’t getting any younger and has been suffering for health complications for a years now. The Tigers spending money in recent memory to bring big talent to the town was a big way of them trying to win a World Series for him before he passes. However, the Tigers will not be winning a World Series with the state of their current team anytime soon.
GM Dave Dombrowski was fired shortly after the Tigers sent David Price and Yoenis Cespedes packing, perhaps a hint that ownership wasn’t too happy with how he handled the deadline. Dombrowski signed with the Red Sox two weeks later, but the damage was already done in Detroit, for their chances this season anyway. In the David Price deal, one of the pitchers that the Tigers acquired was Matt Boyd. Boyd is infamous for allowing 7 runs without recording an out in his last game in Toronto. He responded nicely against the Royals in his first start with the Tigers, but hasn’t been able to keep it going. He looks for that opportunity tonight against the Rays. The rest of the reason is a big period for Boyd, as the Tigers are going to learn a lot about his future with the team. Thus far, he hasn’t warranted a spot in the rotation next year. He’ll look to have a solid showing against the Rays tonight. Access my free pick for the Rays and Tigers by looking below.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers
Erasmo Ramirez (10-5, 3.84 ERA) vs. Matt Boyd (1-5, 8.36 ERA)
Like I have documented in previous articles, the Rays are there, but being right there hasn’t been good enough. If you want to find a team that is the definition of average, then that team is the Rays. They needed a strong push but they aren’t exactly getting it. Beating up on Matt Boyd here is a must for them. Boyd has been abysmal with an ERA of 8.36. He had the nice start in his opening with the Tigers, but has been pitching poorly since. Note that Boyd holds a 9.69 ERA with a 2.00 WHIP and .435 OBA. Frankly, I don’t think it is a bad start here and there type thing, I just don’t think he is a very good pitcher at all. I’m sure the Jays are pleased that the Tigers took him off their hands.
For Erasmo Ramirez, he started the year off quite well, but he has allowed his numbers to slip significantly. Like Boyd, Ramirez hasn’t been able to generate much in the way of success lately either. He owns a 5.87 ERA in his last three starts and has been putting the runners on with a 1.63 WHIP and .368 OBA. Maybe both of these pitchers are on tonight, but by everything I see, this should be a higher scoring game. If the total is in doubt, we can always depend on the Tiger bullpen to help us out. Boyd shouldn’t last long in this game to begin with. I would take a look at the OVER 9 in Detroit for Tuesday night.
PICK: OVER 9 RUNS (-110)