These Scuffling Teams in Interleague Intervention
These struggling teams begin a brief, two-game series Tuesday night, when the Detroit Tigers visit the San Francisco Giants in a battle of southpaws. Detroit, despite taking two-of-three games in Arizona, has dropped 10 of ils last 14. That’s not a surprise. What is a bit unsettling (at least in the Bay Area) is the Giants having lost six of their last eight. That wretched run included losing two-of-three at home to the woeful Cincinnati Reds, punctuated by Sunday’s 10-3 stinker. Since neither of these teams has been playing great of late, read our in-depth preview of before making your bet online.
Tigers Offensive…in Wrong Way
The Detroit Tigers have the worst offense in MLB, the team’s 216 runs easily the fewest scored. Detroit did offer some semblance of improvement against the Diamondbacks, scoring 18 runs while winning twice in three games at Phoenix.
Catcher Eric Haase had the big hit in what was a loss Sunday, a three-run home run that gave the Tigers a 6-5 in the fifth inning. He is batting .216 with four doubles, a triple, a homer, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored in 41 games.
Shortstop Javier Baez leads the Tigers with seven homers and 25 RBIs in his first season with the team. Baez is at .217 after a nine-game hit streak ended Sunday. He went 0-for-4. He has 13 doubles, a triple and 20 runs scored.
Left-hander Tarik Skubal get the start in Tuesday’s series opener. Skubal is 5-5 with a 3.63 ERA in 14 starts this season, striking out 84 in 79⅓ innings. He’s struggling lately, however, having lost his last three starts while surrendering a total of 15 earned runs over 13⅔ innings.
Going Astray By the Bay
The San Francisco Giants are fighting to stay in the race in a stacked NL West. They struggled against the last-Cincinnati Reds, having lost dropping two of three. Manager Gabe Kapler was Monday’s off day would bring a chance to get things right after a long stretch of consecutive days with games.
“There’s some work to be done on this off-day,” Kapler said after Sunday’s loss. “I kind of had in my brain, it’d be a good day to kind of reset and everybody take a blow. But I think for me and some of our staff, it’s a good time for us to get together and talk about how to right the ship and get back on track.”
Lefty Carlos Rodon trues to steady the course, making his 15th start of the season. Rodon is 6-4 with a 2.70 ERA, ranking sixth in baseball with 101 strikeouts. Rodon has been nearly untouchable in June, going 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA. He’s surrendered just one earned run over his last three.
Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski had a home run in the loss Sunday, his second in five games. Yastrzemski is batting .245 with 16 doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBIs and 35 runs scored.
Outfielder Joc Pederson is making his All-Star case, three home runs over the last six. Pederson has a .273 average, with six doubles, 17 home runs, 39 RBIs and 32 runs scored.
Tigers vs Giants Head-To-Head
The San Francisco have won six of the eight all-time Northern California games between the teams, sweeping two of the series.
The last two seasons these two teams have played (2014 and 2017) have been in Detroit, as each team won three games. MLB lines has the Giants favored to get Tuesday’s series-opening win.
Tigers vs Giants Game Information
- Game: Tigers (28-44) vs Giants (39-33)
- Location: Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA
- Day/Time: Tuesday June 28, 9:45 p.m. ET
- Tigers vs Giants LiveStream: MLB.tv
Tigers vs Giants Betting Lines
T. Skubal -L
|San Francisco Giants
C. Rodon -L
Tigers vs Giants Prediction
The Detroit Tigers offered some fight against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It won’t be easy denting Rodon, however, The San Francisco Giants are in need of awins, and they should get one Tuesday night.
Take San Francisco to earn the victory at home.
Pick: San Francisco Giants (-200)
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