Time/Place: 1:05 p.m., Comerica Park
SB Nation Blog: Pinstripe Alley
Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-8, 3.19 ERA) vs. RHP Doug Fister (6-7, 3.52 ERA)
Since I've referenced that magical June 1st date in every series preview so far, here goes nothing: Kuroda is 6-2 with a 2.62 ERA since then. He has been a strike-throwing machine in that time, striking out 74 batters in 82 1/3 innings while walking just 15. In his first start against the Tigers, Kuroda allowed 2 runs in 7 innings, but the Tigers won 4-3.
What more can be said about Fister's performance since the All-Star Break? Since July 13th, the Tigers have basically had two Justin Verlanders in the rotation. Fister is allowing an OPS of .503 -- AN OPS OF .503 -- in his last five starts. Thanks to his injuries earlier in the season, Fister is facing the Yankees for the first time since his fantastic performance in Game 5 of the ALDS.
The winning streak might be over, but the red-hot offense continued last night. During this homestand alone, the Tigers have scored 47 runs. If it weren't for some shoddy bullpen work -- blame Anibal Sanchez all you want, but the bullpen had their opportunities to limit the damage -- then we might be talking about a 4-game sweep and 8-game winning streak today. Instead, we'll have to settle for another awesome Fister performance and a 6-1 homestand.
Fister continues to be the best Tigers' starter in the 2nd half with another excellent performance.