They didn't always look like a well-oiled machine, but the Baltimore Orioles still managed to take two out of three games from the Detroit Tigers over the weekend. "You have to make good pitches and hit your spot".
The Tigers (10-13) come to town in decent form with six wins in their last ten ballgames, but have dropped four of their last six.
After the game, the former AL MVP said that he knew he was a triple shy of the cycle but joked that he didn't have the speed for it, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. He threw two innings, allowing a run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts as the Tigers were drubbed 8-3.
Andrew Cashner (1-3, 3.60 ERA) is set to take on Francisco Liriano (2-1, 3.13 ERA) in Saturday's match-up.
As a unit, Baltimore's pitchers have allowed 5.5 runs per game overall this season. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning his last time out against Kansas City before the Royals ambushed and subsequently chased him in that same frame.
Cabrera's 10-year, $292 million extension was puzzling when the Tigers first announced it in 2014, and it's looking even more regrettable after the two-time MVP struggled through the worst year of his Major League Baseball career in 2017. On Sunday, Cron went 1-for-4 and Mallex Smith had a pair of hits with an RBI.
Victor Martinez hit a solo homer off Darren O'Day in the ninth that gave the Tigers some breathing room. After his rough 2018 debut against the Twins, Gausman has now recorded four straight quality starts and has allowed just nine runs over his last 25 innings pitched.
The Rays are coming off a series versus the Red Sox.
Successive RBI doubles by Jeimer Candelario and Niko Goodrum got Detroit within a run in the seventh, but Mychal Givens worked a ideal eighth for Baltimore and Darren O'Day got three straight outs for his second save. He also has given up seven home runs.
- Nicholas Castellanos (.330, 2 HR, 16 RBI) has been on fire throughout the first month of the season for the Tigers, but he is on another planet at the moment. Pedro Alvarez (two runs, three RBI), Jace Peterson (run, RBI) and Manny Machado (run, two RBI) each had two hits for Baltimore in the win.
Injuries dogged Cabrera throughout 2017, so it's fair to assume his lack of production had something to do with his health.
The Tigers have gone 11-14 SU this year and are 12-12 against the spread (ATS).
Southpaw Daniel Norris is the probable starter for the visiting Tigers.
That's it for now, folks! He's also posted multi-hit games in five of his last nine.
Here's to ending the losing streak.