Tigers vs. Padres, 06/24/17 – Prediction & Preview


Detroit Tigers
San Diego Padres
Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:10 pm

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Detroit Tigers (32-40 SU, 35-37 RL, 38-30-4 O/U) vs. San Diego Padres (29-44 SU, 36-37 RL, 37-32-4 O/U)

MLB: Saturday, June 24, 2017, Petco Park, San Diego, California, 10:10 pm ET

Lines: Detroit -106, San Diego -104; Over/Under: 8.5

It’s an interleague set kicking off down in Southern California for the weekend. The Detroit Tigers continue their west coast road swing as they play the first of three against the San Diego Padres Friday night. Detroit was swept in a four game series on the road against the Mariners in the Pacific Northwest after a 9-6 loss Thursday night. San Diego salvaged the finale of a three game series in the Windy City as they edged the Cubs 3-2 Wednesday afternoon. The pitching matchup for Friday’s series opener saw Michael Fulmer pitch for Detroit against San Diego’s Luis Perdomo. First pitch was scheduled for 10:10 pm ET.

Detroit Tigers Scuffling On Road

Detroit went into Friday’s game losers of six straight as they were cuffed around in the Pacific Northwest by the Mariners. The Tigers fell behind 9-3 and a late attempt to rally fell well short in the contest Thursday. Detroit got two hits each from Ian Kinsler (run, two RBI), Miguel Cabrera (run, two RBI) and Nick Castellanos (run) in the loss. Kinsler (his eighth) and Cabrera (his eighth) each homered in the defeat for the Tigers. Daniel Norris (4-5) took the loss on the mound: he gave up five runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

Anibal Sanchez is expected to make his second start since coming back up from Triple-A Toledo after an optional minor league stint here. He makes his 13th appearance and second start of the season for the Tigers in this contest. Sanchez is 0-0 with a 7.56 ERA, a 1.962 WHIP, 12 walks and 27 strikeouts over 26 innings of work. He took a no-decision in his last outing, which was a start at Seattle Monday. Sanchez threw five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in a 6-2 Detroit loss. He makes his fifth career start against the Padres in this contest. Sanchez is 0-2 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.457 WHIP over 23.1 innings in those games. He took a no-decision in his only career start at Petco Park, which came with the Marlins on August 21, 2011. Sanchez allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts over five innings in a 4-3 Marlins loss.


San Diego Padres Continue Evaluating Young Talent

San Diego rallied from a 2-0 deficit to edge the Cubs and salvage the final game of the three game series in the Windy City. The Padres got a pair of hits from Jose Pirela (RBI, two stolen bases) and Wil Myers (run) in the victory. Erick Aybar hit a solo homer, his fifth of the year, while Luis Torrens drove in the winning run with a bases loaded walk in the eighth inning. Miguel Diaz took a no-decision after tossing 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing one hit with one walk and one strikeout before leaving with a forearm strain. Phil Maton (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief while Brandon Maurer got two outs for his 13th save of the season.

Rookie Dinelson Lamet takes the mound and makes his sixth start of the year for the Padres in this contest. He comes in 2-2 with a 7.50 ERA, a 1.333 WHIP, nine walks and 37 strikeouts over 24 innings of action this season. Lamet recorded a no-decision in his last outing, which came at Milwaukee Saturday. He threw six innings, allowing three runs on four hits with no walks and 12 strikeouts in a game the Padres went on to win 7-5 in 11 innings. Lamet is 0-2 with a 10.93 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, six walks and 21 strikeouts over 14 innings in his last three starts. This marks his first career outing or start against the Tigers. Lamet is 1-1 with an 8.10 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 10 innings in his two career starts at Petco Park.



Tigers are 0-6 in their last 6 games on grass
Tigers are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a right-handed starter
Tigers are 0-5 in their last 5 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter
San Diego

Padres are 7-2 in their last 9 vs. a team with a losing record
San Diego picked up a win in Chicago but the fact remains this is a very young, very green team. The Padres hope that Lamet can recapture the magic he had in his first couple starts. He was good against the Brewers his last time out, fanning a dozen hitters. Sanchez is up for the time being but he hasn’t been effective in a starting role the last couple of years. One has to wonder how long he’ll be filling a role in the rotation. Detroit has the better lineup but San Diego takes advantage of Sanchez’s issues to get the win here.

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Pick: San Diego Padres -104*