Tune in at 7:15 PM ET as the Tigers take on the Rays. Maxwell Hubert will be liveblogging for your enjoyment.
Hello everybody and welcome to the liveblog of the Tigers V Rays My name is Maxwell Hubert(@teedotyankee) and I will be following tonight's matchup with all of you out there. Please feel free to imput your comments and observations and take part in the action! It's going to be a great one, let's do this!
The Tigers will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Rick Porcello in this game. Porcello has a 5-5 record and a 4.71 ERA this season.
Porcello's opponent in this one will be Jeremy Hellickson. The Rays righthander has a 3.45 ERA to go along with a 4-3 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 110-moneyline favorites versus the Tigers, while the game's total is sitting at 8½.
The Tigers were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at +115 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
A. Jackson cf .324
Q. Berry lf .308
M. Cabrera 3b .309
P. Fielder 1b .297
D. Young dh .269
A. Avila c .247
B. Boesch rf .232
J. Peralta ss .257
R. Santiago 2b .224
D. Jennings lf .241
C. Pena 1b .196
B.J. Upton cf .247
L. Scott dh .212
B. Zobrist rf .252
B. Conrad 3b .304
J. Lobaton c .230
E. Johnson ss .271
W. Rhymes 2b .214
Jackson, Berry and Cabrera due up for the Tigers and will face Hellickson coming off the DL
Jackson steps to the plate batting .324 on the season
Hellickson misses low and away to start this one.
Jackson has a .408 OBP on the season so far.
Hellickson misses with a fastball away to even the count at 2-2
Which one of these teams has a better chance of making the postseason?
Hellickson gets Jackson swinging on a CHANGE right over the outside corner for the STRIKEOUT. 1 OUT
Next up for the Tigers is Berry. He .308 on the season with 1 HR
Hellickson catches te inside corner with a 92 MPH fastball, 1-2
Berry fouls off a fastball behind the plate, 2-2
Berrt breaks his bat and sends a grounder to Rymes at second base who tosses him out at first base. 2 OUT
Miggy steps up and in for the Tigers and strokes the first pitch into RF for a 2 out SINGLE
That will bring up Price Fielder with 2 outs and a runner on. He is batting just under.300 on the season.
Hellickson misses with his first two pitches, 2-0
Hellickson is staying away from the power of Prince, 3-0
Hellickson gets a fasty over the plate for a strike, 3-1
Fielder takes ball 4 and trots to first base. That will bring up Delmon Young who is batting .269 on the season.
Delmon Young is crowded inside and strokes a fastball foul, 0-2
Young hits a breaking ball on the ground to short. Elliot Johnson to Rymes at second for the force out. 3 OUT
Jennings, Pena and Upton due up for the Rays. They will face Rick Porcello for the Tigers.
What are your initial thoughts about the throwback uni's tonight?
Rick Porcello (5-5, 4.71)
Porcello has allowed three runs in 13 innings while splitting his last two starts.
First up for the Rays is Jennings. He belted 2 HR's v Verlander just last night.