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Tigers vs. Marlins Preview: The ugly has gotten even uglier

Being swept by the Astros was expected. Being swept by the Athletics is excusable. Potentially being swept by the Marlins? Oh no.

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MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

At this point, I don’t know what’s more surprising: that the Tigers don’t have the worst record in the league or that they are on the verge of being swept by the team that has a worse one.

This losing streak has officially reached out-of-control territory, as Detroit has now lost eight straight games — all at home.

While the series with the Marlins has been much closer than the drubbings received from Houston and Oakland, it’s still disheartening for the team and fans alike to drop two of the first three games in a series at home to a squad that they, technically speaking, should not be losing to. Even more surprising has been that Miami, who came into the series with the least amount of home runs in the MLB, has hit four dingers in two games.

Let’s just get this thing over with and head to the Big Apple.

Miami Marlins (15-31) at Detroit Tigers (18-28)

Time/Place: 1:10 p.m., Comerica Park
SB Nation site: Fish Stripes
Media: Fox Sports Detroit, fuboTV, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: RHP Trevor Richards (1-5, 4.44 ERA) vs. LHP Matthew Boyd (4-4, 3.41 ERA)

Game 48 Pitching Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP fWAR
Richards 48.2 20.7 12.2 5.47 -0.1
Boyd 60.2 29.9 5.3 3.02 1.9

Boyd, who has been the Tigers ace through the early part of the season, has struggled in May compared to the start he got off to. He’s logged only 23.1 innings in four starts with a 3.86 ERA, though his BAA and WHIP have remained strong. Regardless, the Tigers will likely need him to log a strong start to build confidence and keep the bullpen out of action for as long as possible while the offense tries to do anything.

Key Matchup: The Tigers vs. Comerica Park

With Wednesday’s loss, the Tigers have dropped eight straight games at Comerica Park for the first time since 2003. They’re now 9-16 in Detroit this season. I’m sure I don’t have to go out of my way to point out that teams should be more likely to win at home. If these guys can’t even be comfortable at Comerica, this long season is only going to get longer.

Prediction

Two bad teams will play bad baseball. Tigers will threaten but not score. Relievers will allow runs to score.

Please, Boyd, just end this skid.