7:08 PM ET, August 27, 2013
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Oakland: Milone (9-9, 4.30 ERA)
Detroit: Verlander (12-9, 3.68 ERA)
Justin Verlander’s numbers are the envy of many pitchers, however things weren’t great in regards to his recent outings versus the Oakland Athletics.
The right-hander will try to win a seventh consecutive start versus the Athletics while helping the Detroit Tigers recover from a defeat in the series opener.
Verlander (12-9, 3.68 ERA) allowed six runs and 10 hits in seven innings of the Tigers’ 7-6 defeat versus the Minnesota Twins on Thursday to mark the seventh start he’s given up at least five runs, which hasn’t happened since he did so nine times in 2009.
The Virginia native is on pace for his worst ERA since finishing with a 4.84 mark while going 11-17 in 2008. However, the pitcher’s recent starts versus Oakland couldn’t have gone much better. Verlander’s won the last six, including Game 1 and Game 5 of last season’s Division Series, while posting a 0.63 ERA.
The 6x MLB-All Star gave up one run and three hits in six innings of a 7-3 road win April 13 versus the A’s, which had lost four of five prior to winning 8-6 in the opener of this four-game set Monday.
Oakland (73-57) trails the Texas Rangers by a slim margin in the AL West, though they hold a two-game edge on the Cleveland Indians for the MLB’s second wild-card spot. Coco Crisp went 3 for 6 with a solo homer — his fourth in five games — while also contributing a diving catch in the bottom of the eighth as the Tigers was attempting to rally.
The center fielder, who didn’t play in Verlander’s last start against the A’s, is hitting .364 in the regular baseball season off him.
The Tigers will try to recover against Oakland starter Tommy Milone, who may need a solid outing to avoid being sent to the bullpen.
Milone (9-9, 4.30) was demoted to Triple-A after giving up six runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings of an 8-3 defeat versus the Rangers on Aug. 2, and YouWager experts consider his return to the club didn’t go much better Aug. 18. The left-hander allowed three runs — one earned — and six hits in 4 2/3 innings of a 7-3 victory versus the Indians.
The California native was recalled after Bartolo Colon went on the disabled list, though he’s in danger of being placed in a relief role.