The Tigers and the Royals played a day game today at Kauffman Stadium. Thankfully, most fans were not home to watch, as Michael Fulmer’s record fell to 3-10 on the year as Kansas City walloped Detroit, 9-2.
If you just look at the first inning, this game was much more fun. The Tigers put a run up in the first inning with a Jose Iglesias single, Niko Goodrum walked, and Mikie Mahtook singled in Iglesias. Mahtook entered the day batting .333 with two home runs and a .417 on-base percentage in his last seven and kept hot today as he went 2-4. But that’s where the good news ends.
Michael Fulmer went three-and-two-thirds innings today, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits. Oof. The worst part is that he allowed all seven RBIs on two-seam and four-seam fastball offerings. Not sure why he did not go to his slider in any of these counts — in fact, two of his three called strikes in his RBI-inducing at-bats were sliders — but the Royals had no problem reading the fastball. Fulmer’s ERA now sits at 4.71, which is only a tick below Francisco Liriano’s 4.82 ERA on the year and, well, that’s just not encouraging.
There is not much more positive to say, besides that the Tigers are one game closer to a better 2019 MLB Draft selection. The Tigers only mustered three hits, two of those coming in the first inning, while the Royals amassed twelve hits and scored nine runs in the 2nd through 5th innings. (There’s a positive! Louis Coleman, Daniel Stumpf, Victor Alcantara, and most notably Joe Jimenez did not allow any runs today. Buck Farmer allowed two, unfortunately.) The Tigers will travel to New York to face the red-hot Yankees tomorrow evening.
That should go well.