The Tigers dropped three of four when the Texas Rangers visited last week, as Detroit's bats went quiet and Texas' bats went off. The Tigers were outscored 25-12 and twice gave up 10 runs. In none of the four games did Detroit score more than four runs.
Even so, Detroit, 10-6 overall, remains in a first-place tie with the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. And a visit from Seattle, 7-10, could help the cause.
Save the Kansas City Royals, who have lost 11 in a row, Seattle's four straight losses are good for the longest streak in baseball. The Mariners have also struggled on the road, dropping six of their first nine away from Seattle.
Taking the hill for the Tigers is Max Scherzer, who is 1-1 with a 7.98 ERA. Last time out, Scherzer went six innings and gave up three earned runs to the Royals, but he is still trying to deflate his ERA after getting shelled -- 2.2 innings and seven earned runs -- in the season opener against the Boston Red Sox.
Jason Vargas, who is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA, will start for the Mariners.
First pitch is set for 7:05 ET.