Aug 26, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) left fielder Ben Revere (7) and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) celebrate the win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers 12-4. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The Toronto Blue Jays stumbled late in their series against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, bet left town with two-of-three and a full head of momentum. Next on the docket is the struggling Detroit Tigers, whose 60-67 record leaves them in unfamiliar territory in the AL Central and Wild Card races.
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Drew Hutchison is expected to make his return to the Blue Jays starting rotation this weekend and will be flanked by veterans R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle. Hutchison’s certainty beyond this start is growing bleaker, however, with Marcus Stroman‘s miraculous rehab setting him up for a September 7th start for the Buffalo Bisons.
The Tigers have fallen due to their pitching in 2015, with a cumulative team ERA of 4.51 ranking them near the bottom of the big leagues. Detroit pitchers have also surrendered an opposing average of .267, so the Toronto bats could be lining up nicely. They’ll be matched in firepower, however, as Detroit ranks near the top of the MLB in runs scored and number two in baseball with a team OPS of .765, trailing only the Blue Jays.
It’s still the Miguel Cabrera show in Detroit as the perennial All Star is hitting a mind-numbing .370 with 17 home runs and 65 RBI in an injury-shortened season. Ian Kinsler is swinging a hot bat of his own while hitting .307 and J.D. Martinez continues to put up ridiculous numbers. He now owns a .291 average with 34 home runs and 87 RBI. There will be some runs scored in this series.
Next: Game 1: Dickey faces our old friend