Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Detroit Tigers
Dates: Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
Location: Comerica Park
LA has been nothing but money in the bank all season long with Dave Roberts’ squad reeling in a hefty $3,267 return on investment which equates to the best mark in the game. A bunch of that profit has come in games against the American League whom they’ve defeated 14 of 17 times. They’ll put their NL best road record on the line against Miggy Cabrera should he be up to returning to the Tigers’ lineup.
It’s been another wasted season in Detroit leaving many to wonder if Brad Ausmus’ days are numbered. The Tigers have grossly underperformed offensively, and because of it, they’ve mortgaged the present for the future by trading away a couple big bats. The Tigers only sit a game over .500 at home ( -$381 ), and will be hard pressed to make much noise throughout this series evidenced by their 5-9 record versus the NL.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Friday, August 18, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( Local )
Rich Hill vs. Jordan Zimmerman
When you take into account the opposition Hill faced over his last four starts, it comes away as quite disappointing that he only managed to throw a pair of quality starts. The Braves, Giants, Mets and Padres don’t have what anyone would consider a top of the line offense. However, the lefty stymied the Friars through six innings in his last turn limiting them to just five hits and 2 ER to go along with 9 Ks. Maybe that outing will have him ready to face a retooled Tigers offense that loves squaring up left-handed pitching ( No. 6 ).
Zimmerman’s three-game quality start streak ended with a thud this past weekend when he was ripped for 2 HR and 7 ER against the division rival Minnesota Twins. After going seven strong innings in his previous three turns, he only managed to go 3.1 innings in that one and took his ninth loss of the season because of it. He’ll toe the Comerica Park bump for the eleventh time looking to improve upon his ugly 5.46 ERA and 1.35 WHIP against a Dodgers offense that averages 5.0 runs per game against righties.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Saturday, August 19, 2017, 4:05 p.m. ET ( FS1 )
Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Matthew Boyd
Ryu will be out to lead the Dodgers to a win for the fifth straight time when he makes his 18th start against a Tigers offense that gets the benefit of seeing a lefty for the second straight day. He’d likely benefit even more if Miguel Cabrera’s back continues to prevent him from playing. Los Angeles has only won two of the Japanese import’s eight overall road starts where he’s thrown to a 3.56 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through 43 combined innings. The under cashed in six of those contests.
Boyd showed some resolve in his last home start against the Twins. Minnesota got to him for four runs through the first three innings, but he kept his team in it thereafter and ended up taking the no-decision once his offense evened the score in the fifth inning. The lefty is 5-6 for the season with an inflated 5.68 ERA and 1.68 WHIP, and only 47.1 percent of his starts have been of quality. The over has cashed in each of his last three outings as well as eight of his last 10.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Sunday, August 20, 2017, 1:10 p.m. ET ( Local )
Kenta Maeda vs. Michael Fulmer
With just one quality start in his last seven turns, Maeda will take the bump in the series finale looking to secure a win for the sixth time in his last seven starts. He’s been the beneficiary of 5.2 runs over his last six starts, but might not get that type of support this time around with Fulmer looking for a bounceback outing. Still, Los Angeles has won six of his nine overall road starts where he’s thrown to a 4.44 ERA and 1.25 WHIP to date. Detroit’s batting .252 and sits 14 games under .500 against right-handed pitchers.
Fulmer’s return from the DL is one the righty will most definitely look to sweep under the rug after getting lit up for seven hits ( 1 HR ) and 5 ER through just five innings against the Rangers. The effort amounted to being his third straight non-quality start in his last four. The righty has thrived for the most part this season, but is currently in a rut. Regardless, he’s been at his best in his home digs where he checks in 6-3 with a 3.69 ERA and .233 BAA over 75.2 innings. He gets the advantage of this being his first ever start against the Dodgers.