The Detroit Tigers will begin a new series on Tuesday night as they host the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game set. The starting pitchers for Tuesday night indicate that the Tigers should be able to start the series off on the right foot, but that may be easier said than done.
Max Scherzer will get the start for Detroit as he attempts to continue his red-hot strikeout-per-inning rate. Scherzer leads the majors in that category, striking out 11.4 batter per nine innings -- and is second in total strikeouts only to teammate Justin Verlander, according to MLB.com.
The pitcher expected to take the mound when the Tigers are up to bat hasn't been quite as hot this season. Ricky Romero enters Tuesday night's game on a nine-game losing streak made more impressive when noting that he's only made 10 starts in that timespan.
Detroit needs wins this week to stay in the thick of both the AL Central and AL Wild Card races. Toronto is 5-16 this month and last place in their division, so the postseason isn't much of a concern there.