With both clubs decidedly removed from their respective flashes of dominance in the American League Central, the Detroit Tigers come to Kauffman Stadium to play what will likely be a sloppy, low-stakes series.
Game times and pitching matchups are as follows:
- Monday, July 23 — 7:15 PM CDT — Francisco Liriano (L) versus Heath Fillmyer
- Tuesday, July 24 — 7:15 PM CDT — Jordan Zimmermann versus Burch Smith
- Wednesday, July 25 — 1:15 PM CDT — Matt Boyd (L) versus Danny Duffy (L)
All stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference
Tigers at Royals pitching matchups
|Francisco Liriano (L)||15||79.0||63||18.9||45||13.5||4.67||5.32||4.98||5.25||0.0||0.7|
|Matt Boyd (L)||19||103.1||93||21.4||38||8.8||4.62||4.17||4.75||4.46||1.4||1.2|
|Danny Duffy (L)||21||120.2||107||20.2||56||10.6||4.40||4.90||5.00||4.81||0.4||1.4|
Francisco Liriano and Matt Boyd both throw with their left hands. Boyd has been serviceable. Lirano has been less so, though there’s probably some value to his being able to have eaten 79 innings for a team that doesn’t really have much to play for this year.
When healthy this season, Jordan Zimmermann has been shockingly effective. After two disappointing seasons that followed the signing of a five-year, $110MM deal that looked like a huge sunk cost for Detroit, Zimmermann has rebounded to post his best FIP since his 5.3 fWAR 2014 campaign. He’s been increasingly reliant upon his slider at the expense mostly of throwing his four-seamer.
Detroit Tigers position players
|Leonys Martin (L)||CF||314||9||44||29||7||0.254||0.325||0.424||0.326||104||2.2||1.8|
|Jeimer Candelario (S)||3B||366||14||46||37||1||0.23||0.325||0.435||0.33||107||2.0||1.4|
|Niko Goodrum (S)||2B||288||9||33||32||7||0.243||0.313||0.44||0.323||102||0.7||0.9|
|Jim Adduci (L)||1B||28||1||4||3||0||0.192||0.25||0.308||0.248||51||-0.2||-0.2|
|Victor Reyes (S)||OF||99||0||17||7||5||0.224||0.232||0.286||0.224||34||-0.7||-0.5|
|Victor Martinez (S)||DH||334||4||18||29||0||0.228||0.278||0.3||0.253||54||-1.9||-1.6|
Playing without the services of Miguel Cabrera, whose ruptured biceps muscle put him on the disabled list for the remainder of the season, the Tigers’ position players have put up 6.0 fWAR, good for 26th-best—or more aptly fifth-worst—in baseball. They’ve slashed a meager .243/.301/.382 with a .297 wOBA and 85 wRC+. These marks are still better than the Royals, but that could serve as the dictionary exemplar of damning with faint praise.
How will the Royals fare against the Tigers?
This poll is closed
Royals take two of three
Tigers take two of three