May 25, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis (20) goes back to first base against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays V Detroit Tigers Series Preview


The Detroit Tigers have been struggling winning just 4 times in their last ten games.  The team seemed to be on the rebound against Oakland after earning a split but the offense was sleeping in Seattle as the Tigers dropped the series.

Now the Detroit Tigers come home to face the AL East in a six game home stand starting tonight with the surprising Toronto Blue Jays.  The Blue Jays have a 4 game lead in the American League East and are finally hitting on all cylinders after a disappointing 2013 campaign. They come into the series winning 8 of 10 and look to build on their series win over the Kansas City Royals.

Players To Watch

Nick Castellanos continues to struggle after a great start to the 2014 season. Castellanos has been battling at the plate but is batting just .250 with 7 strikeouts in his last seven games.

Justin Verlander had a terrible May when he posted a 5.54 ERA with a WHIP of 1.538.   Verlander will look to put May behind him when he gets the start on Thursday against the Jays. Historically, June has been one of the best months of Verlander’s season.  JV is 26-8 with a 3.01 ERA career in the month of June.

Rajai Davis will face his former team for the first time since leaving for free agency.  Expect to see Davis hitting up in the order of Brad Ausmus line-up.

Toronto Blue Jays V Detroit Tigers Probable Starters

Tuesday, June 3rd 7 p.m.

RH Drew Hutchison (4-3, 3.88) vs. RH Anibal Sanchez (2-2, 2.49)

Wednesday June 4th 7 p.m.

RH R.A. Dickey (5-4, 4.30) vs. RH Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.82)

Thursday June 5th 1 p.m.

LH J.A. Happ (4-2, 4.10) vs. RH Justin Verlander (6-4, 3.99)

 

 

Tags: Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander Nick Castellanos Rajai Davis

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