The Detroit Tigers enjoyed a bit of faint hope last night against the Boston Red Sox, but it wasn’t enough to turn it into a win. The Red Sox built up a 7-0 lead and it appeared like the light was out on the Tigers. However, they fought back to make it a 7-6 game and then watched the game slip away again. The Red Sox ultimately got out of Saturday night with a 10-6 victory. Rick Porcello got hit hard against his former team, but Jordan Zimmermann got absolutely shelled.
Zimmermann allowed 13 hits and 7 earned runs in 3.1 innings of play. Signing him to his contract back in 2016 has been a disaster. He had quite the nice career in Washington, but as soon as he signed for more money in Detroit, his numbers immediately dove south.
Not a good investment there and a massive failure trying to replace Max Scherzer. Justin Verlander and Scherzer provided one of the most impressive combos in the majors, but they’re both helping other teams now. It feels like that was forever ago. JV instantly won a World Series and is still pitching at a high level, so the trade was a win for him. The Tigers are still stuck in rebuilding mode and it shows on the diamond this season.
Their main goal is to field a capable team once Casey Mize is ready to get called up to the major leagues. The guy is the top pitching prospect for a reason. When he is on the mound, Mize gets auto outs. He is currently getting closer to a return from an injury, lucky enough to avoid anything major. The Tigers have been giving rookie Gregory Soto some work recently and he’s experiencing a rather big learning curve. He has a challenge this afternoon with David Price on the bump for the Red Sox. Head below for our free Red Sox vs. Tigers pick.
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Gregory Soto has gotten hammered thus far in his major league career. He has had little control and struggled to keep things under control as a rookie. It doesn’t mean his career is going to pan out like this, but he isn’t pitching like a guy who looks ready to be pitching at this level. Given how he was pitching in Triple-A, he couldn’t handle minor league hitting at that level, either. Soto posted an ERA of 7.52 and 1.67 WHIP. The Tigers are going into tank mode, and their rotation doesn’t haven’t much depth, so Soto gets called up to see what he can do.
Not too much has changed from Toledo. He enters Sunday with an 8.06 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in six starts and one appearance out of the bullpen. His appearance as a reliever came against the Red Sox just a couple of days ago. Soto surrendered 2 hits and no runs in 1 inning of work. Who knows what his stat line would have looked like if he got more work. It took him 24 pitches to get out of it, so we’re going to assume that things would have turned south.
David Price has been able to name his score against his former team in his career. The Tigers are hitting a paltry .147 with a .217 OBP in 75 at-bats this season. He’s allowed no home runs and just 3 runs. I think Price is going to be pretty difficult to overcome in this spot. Coupled with the fact that the Tigers are throwing out a rookie, who hasn’t been able to show much for the Tigers. It doesn’t help a young pitcher when he knows he’s going to get little help from the bullpen. Detroit are 26th in the majors with an ERA of 4.99, so don’t expect the relievers to help Soto out here. The Red Sox should be able to take care of business in convincing fashion on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.