The Tigers come into the series winners of 18 of their last 24 games, but have lost the last two to the surging Minnesota Twins.The Tigers have outscored opponents 124-100 and have won six of eight series and tied a series versus Cleveland. Magglio Ordonez will sit out this series with a strained oblique.
What is there really to say about the Mariners? Since the start of June the Mariners are 11-16 and have been outscored by three runs over the 27-game stretch. With "ace", Felix Hernandez on the DL, the Mariners don't have much to turn to with their pitching.
July 3rd (10:10pm ET): DET: Justin Verlander (4-9) vs. SEA: Carlos Silva (4-9)
- Verlander is on the rise right now. In his two starts versus the M's this season he has given up a combined five earned runs on 12 hits. His weakness against the Mariners is Jose Vidro who is hitting .563 against him.
- The Tigers have pounded Silva lately for 14 earned runs in just under five innings of work. Silva snapped his career high nine-game losing streak versus the Padres in his last start.
July 4th (4:10pm ET): DET: Kenny Rogers (6-5) vs. SEA: Erik Bedard (5-4)
- Rogers earned a no-decision in his last start versus the Rockies, but he did show some great defensive ability at age 43. He snagged a line drive off the bat of Matt Holliday and made a nice stretch at first base. He earned a win in his last start versus the Mariners.
- Bedard has pitched into the sixth inning eight times in his 14 starts this year. He returned last Sunday after missing a week because of back spasms and he lasted 5 2/3 versus the Padres.
July 5th (10:10pm ET): DET: Armando Galarraga (7-2) vs. SEA: RA Dickey (2-4)
- Galarraga had one of his worst starts this year versus Minnesota. He allowed three earned runs and nine hits on his way to receiving a no-decision. Galarraga has never faced the Mariners in his career, but the Tigers are 11-3 when he starts.
- The knuckle-baller had a great start versus Toronto on Monday. He gave up just two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings and out of his nine hits allowed, eight were singles. His knuckleball should work well in the predicted warm weather in Seattle.
July 6th (4:10pm ET): DET: Nate Robertson (6-7) vs. SEA: Miguel Batista (3-10)
- Nate the Great struggled in his last outing versus the Twins. He went only four innings while allowing six earned runs. Robertson beat the Mariners last time he faced them, 7-4.
- Bautista has severely struggled all season for the Mariners. In his two appearances versus Detroit this year he has given up seven earned runs, 12 hits and walked five in 8 1/3 innings of work.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DETROIT
Expect the Tigers to bounce back from two losses against the Twins and put up some big offensive numbers, especially versus Silva and Bautista.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SEATTLE
Expect Adrian Beltre to have a big series, but don't be surprised if his offense isn't enough to beat the Tigers.
KEY PLAYER IN THE SERIES
DET: Miguel Cabrera—can he brush off a hip injury and provide some offense?
SEA: Adrian Beltre—he needs to have a stellar bat and glove.
PREDICTION: Tigers Win 3 of 4