Preview: Phillies at Tigers

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GAME: Philadelphia Phillies (25-20) at Detroit Tigers (22-22)
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 24 - 7:10 PM EST
WHERE: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


It was only a matter of time until the Detroit Tigers offense would get hot and start outscoring other teams, and they are in a scorching stretch at the moment. The Tigers will try to pound their way to a fourth straight win and pull above .500 when they host the Philadelphia Phillies in the second of a three-game series on Tuesday.

Detroit averaged 2.9 runs while dropping 11 of 12 earlier this month but is turning things around with an average of 6.6 runs and wins in seven of the last eight contests. The Tigers took the home-run route to Monday’s 5-4 victory as Miguel Cabrera delivered a pair of blasts and J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos each went deep before Victor Martinez’s RBI single provided the winning run. The Phillies have dropped three of four and five of the last eight due in part to a lack of offense. Philadelphia scored more than four runs only once in the last eight games – a 5-0 win over Atlanta on Sunday – and its 146 runs on the season ranks 29th in the majors ahead of only the Braves.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, FSN Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 3.99 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Justin Verlander (3-4, 4.58)

Hellickson is looking for his third straight win after holding Cincinnati and Miami to a combined two earned runs and nine hits over 13 innings in his last two turns. The 29-year-old added 13 strikeouts in those 13 frames and has 50 against 13 walks in 49 2/3 innings this season. Hellickson began his career in the American League with the Tampa Bay Rays and is 2-3 with a 1.86 ERA in five career starts against the Tigers.

Verlander has been at the top of his game in three straight starts but has only one win to show for his efforts. The former AL MVP allowed a total of four runs in 22 1/3 innings while striking out 27 in those three outings and finally got enough run support on Wednesday to come away with a win over Minnesota. Verlander won his lone previous start against the Phillies and is 25-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 36 career interleague starts.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cabrera is 13-for-21 with five home runs, a double and a triple in the last six games.

2. Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is 0-for-16 with seven strikeouts in his last five contests.

3. Detroit CF Cameron Maybin (wrist) is 14-for-24 in seven games since coming off the disabled list.

PREDICTION: Tigers 6, Phillies 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Philadelphia 25-20 L1 13-9 12-11 14-10 5-8 3-1 3-1
Detroit 22-22 W3 11-10 11-12 4-5 7-8 4-6 7-3

Last Meeting

Philadelphia Detroit
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/23/16 PHI 4 DET 5 .333 2 .870 .353 4 1.154

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
PHI O. Herrera .750 3 1.500
DET M. Cabrera 1.000 3 4.333
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
PHI M. Franco 1 1 1
DET M. Cabrera 2 3 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
PHI 5.62 .333 5
DET 4.00 .353 9
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
PHI O. Herrera .335 53 .901
DET N. Castellanos .346 54 .984
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
PHI M. Franco 8 13 26
DET M. Cabrera 11 27 28
Pitching ERA Avg K
PHI 3.70 .236 393
DET 4.50 .267 320

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Philadelphia Overall Detroit
25-20 W/L 22-22
24-21 RL W/L 25-19
19-24-2 O/U 29-13-2
3.24 Runs For 4.61
3.96 Runs Against 4.70
Philadelphia A/H Detroit
12-11 W/L 11-10
14-9 RL W/L 10-11
12-10-1 O/U 14-5-2
3.70 Runs For 5.00
4.17 Runs Against 5.00
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