The Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers meet for an interleague series before calling it quits for the regular season in 2018. The Brewers are going to be moving on, as they have officially clinched at least a wildcard. The regular season isn’t meaningless for them, though, as they hope to catch the Cubs and win the NL Central. That is still up for grabs, but the Cubs made it a bit more difficult with a win over the Pirates yesterday.
The Cubs own a 1-game lead over the Brewers thanks to the win, but don’t count them out yet. Chicago can’t be happy to look over at the Brewers’ schedule and notice that they are playing the Tigers. The Tigers are rolling through a ton of young talent at the moment, as they empty out their minor league system to give the youngsters a chance to play before the season is done.
The Twins walked over the Tigers by a score of 9-3 yesterday. The Tigers got ahead 3-0 after 2 innings, but the Twins opened it up with a 5-run 3rd inning. They added another 4 runs in the 5th inning to put the Tigers away for good. Despite a lack of talent on the Tigers this season, it looks like they will finish 3rd in the AL Central.
It isn’t going to mean much with respects to the postseason, but for a team in rebuild mode, it’s not a bad look for them. With only three games left in the regular season, they will avoid 100 losses which was a typical prediction for them in 2018. The Tigers have the chance to play spoiler and impact the National League postseason scene. Cubs’ fans will be paying attention to this series closely. Jordan Zimmermann gets the call for the Tigers, while Milwaukee will look to Zach Davies to get the job done. Head below for our free Tigers vs. Brewers pick on Friday night at Miller Park.
Detroit Tigers vs. Milwaukee Brewers Pick
Jordan Zimmermann (7-8, 4.31 ERA) vs. Zach Davies (2-7, 4.65 ERA)
Zimmermann has been serviceable for the Tigers in 2018, but the ROI hasn’t been the best on his contract. He was brought in to replace Max Scherzer a few years ago, and he was coming to Detroit with some solid numbers from his time in Washington. Zimmermann had an ERA below 4.00 in five straight seasons.
That was snapped when he arrived in Detroit, as he posted an ERA of 4.87 in 2016 and then he followed it up with a 6.08 ERA last season. This will go down as the best year he’s had with the Tigers and he’s heading into tonight with a 4.31 ERA. Zimmermann isn’t pitching on the cheap either. He’s been stumbling to the finish line, with an ERA of 6.32 in his previous three tilts on the mound.
Zach Davies has looked good after his return from an injury. Davies last pitched in May before hitting the DL. He wasn’t pitching well and a stint on the disabled list to allow him to rest was probably for the best. Since returning, Davies has looked good, allowing 2 or less runs in four games. Against what is essentially a minor league lineup for the Tigers, he should continue to look good tonight. If the Brewers can’t bury the Tigers this weekend, they don’t deserve to be NL Central Champions. At least on Friday night, the Brewers are likely going to look sharp and come out with a big win.