The Detroit Tigers were supposed to win the AL Central, if the preseason consensus is anything to go by. They haven't been eliminated from that honor by any means, but their start to their season was less-than inspiring. Detroit's recent play, however, has been plenty inspiring. They're the winners of three-straight games and have also taken eight of their last ten.
One of those wins in their three-game streak was against the St. Louis Cardinals in game one of a three-game set. Justin Verlander picked up a win as St. Louis' very solid Lance Lynn was handed a loss in the 6-3 decision. Game two is now set to go down and the Tigers are ready to get back into the thick of things in the division, trailing the lead by just two games.
Rick Porcello will take the mound for Detroit. He's 4-4 with a 5.18 earned run average - certainly not inspiring stats, and he's coming off a so-so outing in which he allowed four runs over five innings, but was still handed a win. He'll be up against Jake Westbrook, who is 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA and is also coming off a win. He pitched six innings of a three-run ball against the White Sox on June 14 to earn his decision.
The game is set for 7:00 p.m. eastern on Wednesday.