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Detroit Tigers

The last time the Mariners saw the Detroit Tigers, it went pretty well—Seattle swept the Tigers in four straight, a nice change of pace from much of the rest of this lost season. In the ten games since that series, though, the M's have reverted back to their underachieving ways, going 2-8 against the Rangers, Astros, Padres, and Rays. A new three-game set against the Majors' worst team might be what the doctor ordered for getting the M's back into a mindset of competency.

This isn't quite the same Detroit team the M's saw late last month—they traded Nick Castellanos, one of their best hitters, to the Cubs and Shane Greene, their All-Star closer, to the Braves on July 31st; underperforming utilityman Josh Harrison was released just the other day; outfielder JaCoby Jones is done for the year with a broken wrist; and reliever Trevor Rosenthal was DFA'd and is now a free agent. Jeimer Candelario is also out of action, on the injured list with a thumb sprain, and Christin Stewart is on the IL with a concussion. So the already-not-at-all-good Tigers are depleted and hobbled. They do still have Miguel Cabrera. The 36-year-old veteran leads the Tigers in batting average, OBP, RBI, and walks, but isn't the power threat he used to be; his eight home runs are enough for just fifth on the Detroit roster. Rookie outfielder Travis Demeritte came over from Atlanta in the trade for Greene and has been doing OK in his short time in the bigs, but other than those two, no Tiger has an on-base mark better than .330.

Detroit will start Matthew Boyd, Edwin Jackson, and Spencer Turnbull in this set against Yusei Kikuchi, Marco Gonzales, and Tommy Milone. Boyd got a no-decision in Seattle two Sundays ago, giving up a run in 613 innings while striking out ten. Jackson last faced the Mariners in 2018 (1-0 in two starts) and Turnbull, Detroit's best by ERA, has never faced the M's.


Mariners vs. Matthew Boyd (CAREER)

Mariners vs. Edwin Jackson (CAREER)

Mariners vs. Spencer Turnbull (CAREER)

Never faced

Tigers vs. Yusei Kikuchi (CAREER)

Tigers vs. Marco Gonzales (CAREER)

Tigers vs. Tommy Milone (CAREER)


Last ten 3-7
Home 16-41
vs. LHP 9-14
vs. RHP 26-66
One-run games 9-15
vs. AL West 3-19
vs. Mariners 0-4

Who’s Hot & Not

Last ten games

John Hicks
.303/.361/.515, 3 XBH, 3 RBI

Gordon Beckham
.350/.381/.550, 2 XBH, 4 RBI

Miguel Cabrera
.325/.400/.500, 3 XBH, 6 RBI

Harold Castro
.195/.233/.268, 1 HR, 7 RBI

Ronny Rodríguez
.208/.208/.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Dawel Lugo
.257/.289/.257, 0 XBH, 4 RBI

Last 3 series vs. Seattle

7/28/19 SEA 3, DET 2
7/27/19 SEA 8, DET 1
7/26/19 SEA 3, DET 2
7/25/19 SEA 10, DET 2
5/20/18 SEA 3, DET 2
5/19/18 SEA 7, DET 2
5/18/18 SEA 5, DET 4
5/17/18 DET 3, SEA 2
5/13/18 DET 5, SEA 4
5/12/18 SEA 9, DET 5
5/12/18 DET 4, SEA 3



Ron Gardenhire: The longtime skipper of the Twins is now running the show in Detroit. Entrusted with a rebuilding team that's fallen on hard times, "Gardy" has taken a kindly-mentor approach to his younger players, rather than a disciplinary bearing, in hopes of bringing them to maturity with confidence.

When he was hired, Gardenhire knew he was being asked to be more teacher than tactician. The Tigers are well into rebuild mode and may not see much success during his initial three-year contract, but if any of these young Tigers become stars later on, he'll have done his job well.

Familiar Face


Gordon Beckham: A longtime Chicago White Sox infielder, Beckham spent 2017 and ’18 in the Seattle organization, mostly in Triple-A with the Tacoma Rainiers. He played in 33 games with the big-league club, batting a meager .180/.242/.197, a far cry from his fine rookie season in Chicago in 2009.

Franchise History

Detroit Tigers(1901 - present)
World Champions:1935, 1945, 1968, 1984
League Champions:1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1940, 2006, 2012
Division Titles:1972, 1987, 2011, 2013, 2014

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