It was a rough night for the Tigers offense as the Astros held them to only one hit in their 1-0 shutout loss last night in Houston.
To make matters worse it was a spot start by Brad Peacock, filling in for Dallas Keuchel. However, Michael Fulmer looked pretty good in another start going at least seven innings and Shane Greene struck out the side in the eighth inning to keep it a one run game. Unfortunately, the offense just couldn’t muster any runs.
On the other hand, Tigers fans received some pretty good news yesterday as Anibal Sanchez was sent down to Toledo. He’s trying to work on becoming a starting pitcher again. Warwick Saupold was called up in Sanchez’s place as he regained his form in Triple-A.
In other big pitching news Anthony Gose made his first appearance for Lakeland and touched 99mph. Dave Cameron of Fangraphs talks about how beneficial Alex Avila has been to the Tigers offense. J.D. Martinez was named American League Player of the Week on Monday, not too surprising considering the tear he’s been on since being reinstated.
Indians’ fans are really excited right about now as Corey Kluber is set to begin his rehab assignment before returning to the rotation. The Kansas City Royals, even with a tepid offense, are on pace to set a club record in home runs and their manager Ned Yost expects it to jump even more. Speaking of Royals, outfielder Alex Gordon and his wife welcome a baby girl to their family, it’s their third child. Congratulations to Alex and Jamie!
Meanwhile the Minnesota Twins exploded for 21 hits against the Baltimore Orioles last night. You can find out more on how the American League is shaping up after forty games in the latest installment of Central Intelligence.
Zack Greinke is on a roll as he struck out twelve White Sox last night to come away with a victory. Craig Kimbrel is basically perfect again, writes Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs. The Los Angeles Angels signed Doug Fister who was at one time a Detroit Tiger. It’s good to see he’s getting another chance.
FiveThirtyEight talks about how Mike Trout has somehow found a way to improve this season. The San Diego Padres have one heck of a promotion for home game tickets, $99 for five home wins no matter how many games it takes. The Milwaukee Brewers don’t believe that the Chicago Cubs postponed Saturday’s game due to the weather.