The Tigers forgot how to play baseball last night, as they got blasted by the Kansas City Royals, as the Royals bolster their chance at the postseason. Detroit is done, stick a fork in them. What in the world was that sequence last night in the 1st inning? Forgot how to play baseball is right, as a routine blooper turned into a cluster-F which was basically the end of the game right there and then.
Fulmer never regrouped and was chased after the Royals put up 8 on the board. That is not like anything we’ve seen out of Fulmer in his career. However, as a whole, I think Tigers’ fans better get used to uncompetitive games moving forward.
When they traded JD Martinez, they showed their hand and made it known that they are folding on the 2017 season. With him, or without, the Tigers weren’t going anywhere so it is what it is. The Royals are making a legitimate run at the AL Central. Flying under the radar has been their MO, even when they won a World Series, so I am sure it’s fine with them. It doesn’t really feel like they’re in it, though. When you’re a .500 ball club, that is going to happen. Nevertheless, the Royals are only 1.5 games back of the 1st place Indians.
Just a few more Indian losses, and the leader of this division very well could be a .500 team. Anything can happen in the postseason, though, so the idea here is to crawl in and hopefully a light switches on at the right moment. If I’m another team, there is no way I would want to play be matched up with the Royals. They are one of those teams who could play spoiler in the American League.
It just seems way too easy to pick the Astros to come out of the AL. The Red Sox and if it’s the Royals or Indians, all of those teams have recent postseason experience. But back to the Tigers and Twins. Like I said, the Tigers are cooked, while the Twins are just 0.5 games back of the Indians. Between the Indians, Twins, and Royals it’s tight right now, with 1.5 games the only difference between 1st and 3rd. Get our free Tigers vs. Twins pick from Minnesota below.
Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins Pick
Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 6.79 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (11-6, 2.99 ERA)
After getting blasted by a score of 16-4 last night, morale has to be at an all-time low for Brad Ausmus and his Tigers. With the Martinez trade, management already sent a message that the rest of the season is a throwaway. A 16-4 loss delivers another blow in that sense. Anibal Sanchez, who may be the biggest money waster on the team, will start for the Tigers tonight. He’s come back to a respectable level of play, but he is still way over the hill. When I say respectable, I mean a 4.91 ERA in his last three starts. Considering the way it was going for him, he’ll take that. On the season overall, he holds a 6.79 ERA and is having a hard problem rounding out his career on the tail-end with some success.
In particular, Sanchez has been getting rocked on the road. In 21.1 innings on the road, he’s posted an ERA of 8.02 and 1.73 WHIP. He’s had his opportunities, but he hasn’t lasted very long in any outing. All-Star Ervin Santana saw a slight bump in his ERA before the break, allowing 5 runs against the Royals, but he’s bounced back nicely with 2 runs allowed in each of his last two starts. Sanchez should be a larger underdog in this spot. There isn’t much respect shown for Santana and the Twins here. I like the Twins to add to the Tigers’ misery, and tack on another win to make things even more interesting in the AL Central.
PICK: TWINS (-135)