The Los Angeles Dodgers begin a two-game series in Detroit against the Tigers in what could be another look at a potential World Series matchup. Both teams enter tonight’s game as the leader in their respective divisions. The Dodgers and Tigers split the two games played at Dodger Stadium in early April.
On the mound for the Dodgers is Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-4, 3.08), who has been stellar on the road this season. Ryu’s gone 6-1 with a 1.62 ERA in eight starts away from Chavez Ravine. The left-hander is coming off a no-decision after going seven innings and giving up two runs. Ryu is making his first career start against the Tigers.
Starting opposite Ryu is Justin Verlander (7-7, 4.71 ERA), who hasn’t been himself this season and has struggled mightily after being one of the most consistent pitchers in since 2006. The right hander won his last start against the Oakland Athletics, allowing just two runs in six innings.
The win was Verlander’s first in his last six starts. Verlander looks to build on his last outing as he has been dominant in Interleague play with a 22-2 record and a 2.56 ERA in 29 career interleague starts.
The brief two-game series will pit the two team’s strengths against one another. The Tigers are 13-2 in their last 15 Interleague games and Verlander is 13-0 with a 1.23 ERA when facing NL competition at home.
Meanwhile the Dodgers hold the best road record in MLB and are 9-1 in their last 10 games in American League ballparks.
DH: J. Martinez
Leaked Houston Astros Trade Talks Reveal Dodgers Shopped Carl Crawford