Jacob Turner is back, making his first start in the bigs since he walked five in five innings but helped the Tigers to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals back in June. He hasn’t pitched in 10 days, but his last start for the Mud Hens was a complete game shutout (6 Ks, 0 BB). Turner’s task in dealing with the likes of Trout, Pujols and Trumbo is a bit tougher tonight, another titillating Tuesday, but we’re all hopeful he can help the Tigers win their ninth game in their last 11.
Lineups after the jump.
Tigers (J. Turner – R)
Angels (G. Richards – R)
Has Brennan Boesch turned a corner for the better? He’s hitting .348/.348/.913 with 2 home runs and 10 knocked in over his last 12 games, and he’s in the midst of an 8-game hitting streak. Over his last 29 games, he’s hitting .305/.336/.813. Encouraging signs from the big lug.
How have the Tigers fared against Garrett Richards? There’s this from Jason Beck:
None of the Tigers have faced Garrett Richards in the big leagues yet, so no numbers to report. However, in Richards’ limited big league time this year, lefties are batting .326 (29-for-89) against him, compared to .231 (12-for-52) for right-handed hitters.
Richards has given up 15 runs over his last 15.1 innings, including 17 total runs over his last two (only 12 were earned). We could be in for another hit-a-thon.