The Detroit Tigers are coming off of two-straight losses and a series loss to the Texas Rangers, and on top of that, they're losers in four of their last six outings. They had a respectable winning streak before that point, and would like to get back into the swing of things. On Thursday, they're set to begin a four-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays.
In their other meetings this season, the Tigers bested the Rays two games to one, by a total score of 14-8. Their last meeting was a 7-2 win for the Tigers. On top of that, the Rays aren't coming off a good streak, either. They've lost their last three outings, falling in a sweep to the Kansas City Royals. Tampa Bay gave up eight runs twice to Kansas City on Monday and Tuesday, before narrowly losing 5-4 on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay has lost six of their last eight games and are quickly falling behind. Still, they boast a better record than the Tigers. Game 1 will see Max Scherzer take the mound for the Tigers. He has a 6-5 record with a 5.12 earned run average, and was handed a loss in his last outing. He gave up three runs in six innings to the Pirates. His counterpart will be James Shields, who is 7-4 with a 3.99 ERA. His last outing was a no-decision but it was a poorer outing, as he lasted just five innings and gave up five runs.
Game 1 is set for 7:10 p.m. eastern. Detroit will also send Justin Verlander, Rick Procello and Drew Smyly to the mound this series, while Tampa Bay will send David Price, Jeremy Hellickson and Alex Cobb.
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