The Detroit Tigers’ offense, when firing on all cylinders, can light up a scoreboard with ease. They did just that yesterday, compiling 15 runs in a 15-5 beating of the White Sox. The offense has sprung to life the last two days, scoring 21 runs against the Royals and White Sox.
In four games, the Tigers have scored 31 runs. They’re prone to going on streaks, from the pitching to the hitting. You would think there are just some days these guys wake up and thinking, oh okay we better start doing something and earning a paycheck. The Tigers can look like a completely different team week-to-week.
For the amount of money the Tigers have invested, I don’t think their ROI is lining up appropriately. You can’t harp on this team for not wanting to win a World Series. The idea was to get Mike Ilitch another championship before he passed, but he died this past February so it unfortunately didn’t come to fruition. In 2016 the Tigers failed to reach the postseason, as the division gave way to a new contender. The Indians won the division and then went on to the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.
Detroit was watching from home in October, or on a beach perhaps, and if they want to avoid that scenario again the Tigers better get their act together. More performances like last night will do the trick. The Tigers are currently 26-28 and 3rd in the AL Central. Within striking distance, but I don’t get the sense that they are going to start wheeling off a big run.
Somebody in the division is, I just don’t get that vibe from the Tigers. Do they have the talent to do it? Sure, but they’ve had the talent to go deep into the postseason the last few years as well. Pitching will undoubtedly be the thorn that ultimately kills them in 2017. The White Sox enter at 24-29, on a three-game losing streak and in danger of their season hitting a flatline already. Get our free White Sox vs. Tigers pick below.
Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Pick
Miguel Gonzalez (4-5, 4.43 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (4-4, 6.47 ERA)
Jordan Zimmermann has been part of the problem for the Tigers. He hasn’t been a suitable replacement for Max Scherzer. All Zimmermann has been is a colossal $100 million waste. They could have spent a lot less and gotten a lot more out of another free agent than going with Zimmermann. That’s part of sports, though, and part of business in general.
Investments don’t always work out as planned. Zimmermann currently holds a 6.47 ERA, and has been pretty consistently bad. In his last three outings, he posted an ERA of 6.88 with a 1.41 WHIP. Zimmermann was taken to the cleaners in his last showing, allowing 7 runs in 5 innings against the White Sox. He gets another crack at them tonight. In his last five outings, he’s surrendered at least 4 runs or more in four. The Tigers’ bullpen hasn’t helped out any, as they’re 28th in the majors, with an ERA of 4.96. Even if the Tigers get a strong start out of their starting pitching, the bullpen leaves no solid reinforcement on the other side.
Miguel Gonzalez has allowed 4 or more runs in his last three of four starts. So, Zimmermann is not the only one coming into this matchup struggling to find a rhythm. He also boasts an ERA of 5.89 in his last three starts. On the road, his ERA has risen to 5.20, along with a shaky 1.60 WHIP. Zimmermann has been money on the OVER in 2017, as he has gone 7-3 versus the UNDER. Likewise, Gonzalez has gone 6-4 in favor of the OVER. The OVER looks like a solid MLB pick for Saturday.
PICK: OVER 9.5 (-105)