Going into yesterday's action, the Detroit Tigers had yet to announce their rotation for their huge three-game series versus the Kansas City Royals. At the time, manager Brad Ausmus stated "There are some moving parts right now." as the reason for not announcing Detroit's probable starters.
The moving parts being where the Tigers resided in the standings heading into the Royals series, the status of a blister on Justin Verlander's pitching hand and determining if they would skip rookie left-hander Kyle Lobstein in the rotation due to today's day off.
To no ones surprise, Detroit will skip their rookie and roll with established starters in Kansas City. Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello get the starting nods.
The season on the line this weekend, Ausmus has elected to move back Lobstein's next start, which would have been Friday night. The 25-year-old will make his next appearance on Monday, kicking off the season-ending home stand by starting game one of the Tigers' three-game series versus the White Sox.
David Price will get an extra day off, making his next start Tuesday against the White Sox. Barring any more changes in the rotation, that puts Price on the mound against the Twins on September 28, the final day of the regular season.
Royals' skipper Ned Yost did some rotation juggling as well, moving ace James Shields up a day. He will start on Saturday in order to have him available to pitch on the first game of the post season, be it the wild card game or ALDS.
The pitching match ups for the for Royals series:
Friday: Justin Verlander (13-12, 4.81 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 1.437 WHIP) vs. LH Jason Vargas (11-9, 3.41 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 1.236 WHIP)
Saturday: Max Scherzer (16-5, 3.26 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 1.167 WHIP) vs. RH James Shields (14-7, 3.15 ERA, 3.54 FIP, 1.185 WHIP)
Sunday: Porcello (15-11, 3.19 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 1.174 WHIP ) vs. RH Jeremy Guthrie (11-11, 4.35 ERA, 4.34 FIP, 1.324 WHIP)