Here’s something that isn’t going to surprise you today: the Detroit Tigers lost again on Monday night. Their latest loss comes against the White Sox at home by a score of 7-4. The White Sox broke things open in the 8th with a 3-run inning. Naturally the Tigers’ bullpen had issues and let the game get away. The Tigers managed a run in the bottom of the 9th, but it was a 7-3 game going into their last chance, so it didn’t mean much at that point.
It may have helped or hurt some sports bettors out there, but it was window dressing for the Tigers. This is to be expected for the Tigers, so it is what it is at this juncture. They traded away Shane Greene and Nick Castellanos, two of their best players on the roster. Castellanos has felt at home and has been contributing already for the Cubs. Under the radar move for the Cubs that has already paid dividends.
The Tigers are hoping that their trade for Castellanos works out for them down the road. At this moment, there isn’t anything for the Tigers to get excited about. Detroit go into Tuesday with a record of 32-76. They have a shot to make it 34-76 today thanks to the double-header. It could also mean the Tigers fall into even more embarrassing territory with a record of 32-78. They are playing to avoid their infamous record of 43-119 from 2003. It’s a real possibility that it does happen.
In the face of this rebuilding phase, the Tigers have given Drew VerHagen a shot at the starting rotation. He was below average in relief duty last season, appearing in 41 games with one spot start. It’s a nice opportunity for VerHagen, but he hasn’t exactly been taking advantage of it. VerHagen is expected to get the starting nod against Hector Santiago of the White Sox. Get our free White Sox vs. Tigers pick for Game 2 of a double-header on Tuesday at Comerica Park.
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Drew VerHagen is in desperate need of getting hot down the stretch for the Tigers. If he has any hope of sticking in the rotation next season, VerHagen must get hot and make an impression. His audition is going horribly wrong at the moment and the guillotine is about to drop on him. VerHagen wasn’t exactly great as a member of Tigers’ rotation. He made 19 appearences in 2016 and struggled with a 7.11 ERA. Things got better the following season, but that isn’t saying much.
He posted an ERA of 5.77 in 2017 and then followed it up with a 4.63 ERA last season, so there were improvements. Any improvements he had can be thrown out the window in 2019. VanHagen has struggled mightily with a 11.66 ERA in 12 appearences, two of them starts.
His most recent outings have been starts and he got hammered against the Angels and Mariners for an ERA of 9.35 with a 2.42 WHIP and .468 OBA. VanHagen hasn’t seemed to figure out Comerica Park yet, either. He owns a 17.18 ERA and 3.00 WHIP at home in 2019. Expect to see more problems for him Tuesday night vs the White Sox.
The Tigers might have a shot at doing damage against Hector Santiago, though. It may not be enough, but Santiago is likely to give up some runs in this spot. Santiago was traded to the White Sox after making 8 trips out of the bullpen for the Mets. He was shaky with a 6.75 ERA in just 8 innings of play.
Santiago hasn’t been a valuable pitcher since he posted an ERA of 2015 with the Angels. He’s regressed considerably since a 3.59 ERA from that year. Don’t expect anything too special from Santiago in this one. The Tigers have scored 4 runs in each of their last four games and that was against much better competition.
Of course, this offense is depleted after the Castellanos trade, but they should be able to reach 5 or 6 runs against Santiago here, who will be making his first start of 2019. A 6-5 or 7-5 final looks realistic, which would push this one OVER the total.