Miguel Cabrera will be activated off of the disabled list on Tuesday. Manager Brad Ausmus expects that he will play in the second matchup of the Detroit Tigers’ four-game series with Cleveland. Meanwhile, the Tigers showed up big in all areas on Monday, winning 7-1. Daniel Norris had a solid start, throwing six strong innings while allowing only one run with eight strikeouts. Anibal Sanchez seems to be getting back to form, striking out three batters in two innings of work yesterday. The offense was led by a 2-for-3 showing from Tyler Collins, who hit a home run, drove in three runners, and took a walk. Victor Martinez also had a three-hit game, one of which was this incredible bunt single, the first of his career.
The Tigers look to take the second straight from Cleveland as Justin Verlander takes the mound against Corey Kluber. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Eastern. In case you’re wondering how the Tigers look against the rest of the American League Central, check out the latest installment of Central Intelligence. Jamie Samulesson of the Detroit Free Press writes how the Tigers’ bullpen won’t allow them to stay in the American League race.
Around the MLB
The Kansas City Royals are having their worst offensive month in team history. Noah Syndergaard has hit the disabled list with a partially torn lat muscle. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports touches on why this is just the latest example of a bigger problem. Adam Jones was subject to racists taunts from fans at Fenway Park. The baseball TV show ‘Pitch’has been cancelled, unfortunately. Yankees rookie outfielder Aaron Judge had a really good April. Like, really good. Houston Astros starter Lance McCullers led his team to victory on Monday, striking out 10 batters and causing the benches to clear.
Robert Gsellman’s decline in pitch velocity and spin rate may be a bad sign for the Mets. Based on initial numbers so far this season, the strike zone is smaller when compared to last season’s, at least for now. Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs wrote a great article on Houston Astros reliever Chris Devenski, who is showing versatility like no other. Clayton Kershaw was very unlike his normal self on Monday, giving up four runs and only lasting six innings.