The Detroit Tigers made it clear that they are going to be sellers at the deadline. Much to the disdain of most Tigers’ fans, the Tigers shipped J.D. Martinez to Arizona for a few prospects. The Diamondbacks farm system was pretty bare, and only one of those prospects were in the top-10, so it makes some sense for frustration.
It was clear, though, the Tigers were going to dump money, we just didn’t know who it was going to be. Martinez was the guy, who played in his first game as a Diamondback last night. He went on to injure his hand and leave early, so not the best start for his career in Arizona. Martinez made a name for himself in Detroit, and thus far, his Diamondback career starts out with a thud.
Michael Fulmer, who will be on the hump for the Tigers today, has been rumored to be on the chopping block as well. If the Tigers are going to go that route, they need to get a whole lot more than just some prospects for him. Fulmer appears to be in store for a long and productive career.
Parting ways with him doesn’t make the most sense, at least at this moment. So, the way I see it, they’d be foolish to let him go. Justin Verlander? I don’t think his trade value is going to get any higher from here, so it would make sense to dump his contract on someone else for what should be decent prospects. A player who has been the face of the franchise would be hard to say goodbye to, though.
The Tigers currently hold a record of 43-50 but they’re only five games back. Do they feel that close? Not at all. The AL Central has been so poor that it’s keeping the Tigers involved in the division. They’re seven games below .500, yet are within striking distance. Last night it was a nail biter between the Tigers and Royals, with a 1-1 game getting broken up in the bottom of the 7th and then things got a bit wild.
Verlander pitched well, but didn’t get any run support to help him out. The Tigers did, though, tack on 2 runs in the top of the 9th only to give up another 2 in the bottom of the 9th to get walked off. It’s been that kind of year for the Tigers. Get our free Tigers vs. Royals pick below.
Detroit Tigers vs. K.C. Royals Pick
Michael Fulmer (10-6, 3.06 ERA) vs. Danny Duffy (5-6, 3.51 ERA)
Fulmer has been a formidable force for the Tigers since entering as a rookie a year ago. He was making it look easy, breaking rookie records left and right. About a year later, the same guy is in the middle of trade rumors. It’d be interesting to see what kind of offers the Tigers are getting for him. He currently holds a 3.06 ERA and 1.06 WHIP, along with a 2.25 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in the road. In his short career, he’s made life miserable for the Royals. Only 2 hitters have gone deep on him on this current Royal roster, with a team batting average of .250.
Fulmer has made five starts against the Royals and the most they’ve scored on him is 3 runs, which came just once. In his last three starts, he has a posted ERA of 2.45 with a 0.77 WHIP. Danny Duffy will counter Fulmer, who really could have evolved into an ace, but injuries have been his downfall. Duffy missed all of June, which has been the storyline of his career.
When he’s healthy, though, he is capable of throwing up ace like numbers. He comes in with a 3.51 ERA and 2.41 at home in Kansas City. Martinez provided plenty of pop in the middle of the lineup for the Tigers, but with him out, we should see their offensive numbers slip. The total in this game isn’t in line with what I personally handicapped the game at. The UNDER is worth a look on Thursday.
PICK: UNDER 9 (-120)