Tigers vs. Astros Game 2 Preview: Ray makes his debut in the show



MLB: Spring Training-Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves
The Tigers (18-9) go for their 7th straight win tonight when they take on the Houston Astros (10-22) in Game 2 of the four game series from Comerica Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:08PM ET and you can watch the game live on FOX Sports Detroit or listen live on 97.1FM The Ticket.

Or as always on you can track the game on both the Majors Detroit Facebook and Twitter Feeds.


Robbie Ray, LHP

The Tigers’ top pitching prospect Robbie Ray will be making his major league debut in Detroit tonight. Ray, 22, was acquired from the Washington Nationals in the Doug Fister trade which also brought the Tigers lefty Ian Krol, who has been a very solid contributor in the bullpen already this season. Ray was a 12th round pick out of high school back in 2010 by the Nationals, but would have gone higher had he not had several D1 offers on the table that he was strongly considering. He currently holds a 3-2 record at AAA Toledo with a miniscule 1.53 ERA, as one of the International leagues youngest players.


Brett Oberholtzer

Take a look at this ugly stat line: 0 W – 5 L, 5.63 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, .305 BAA, 27 K’s, 10 BB, 32.0 IP.

That’s the line so far for Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer, who is in a three-way tie with Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill for the major league lead in losses. Olberholtzer has never faced off with any of the Tigers hitters except Ian Kinsler, so the Tiger lineup will have some fresh meat to feast on.

Starting Lineup for the Tigers


The Tigers Career vs. Brett Olberholtzer:

  • Ian Kinsler: 1/4 (.250), 1 2B
  • Rajai Davis: No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzern
  • Danny Worth: No career plate appearances vs Olberholtzer
  • Nick Castellanos: No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzer
  • Miguel Cabrera: No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzer
  • Torii Hunter: No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzer
  • Victor Martinez: No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzer
  • Austin Jackson: No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzer
  • Alex Avila: No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzer
  • J.D. Martinez: No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzer
  • Bryan Holaday: No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzer
  • Andrew : No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzer
  • Don Kelly: No career plate appearances vs. Olberholtzer

First Pitch Forecast: Passing clouds and chilly. 60 degrees with winds out of the ENE at 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is zero percent.

Detroit Injuries

J. Hanrahan (RHP) – 15-day DL (recovery from right elbow surgery)
A. Sanchez (RHP) – 15-day DL (right middle finger laceration)
L. Putkonen (RHP) – 15-day DL (elbow soreness)
A. Dirks (LF) – 60-day DL (recovery from back surgery)
J. Iglesias (SS) – 60-day DL (bilateral tibial stress fractures)
B. Rondon (RHP) – 60-day DL (right elbow surgery, out for season)

Houston Injuries

M. Albers (RHP) – 15-day DL (right shoulder tendonitis)
S. Feldman (RHP) – 15-day DL (bicep tendonitis)
A. White (RHP) – 15-day DL (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
A. Wojciechowski – 15-day DL (right late strain)
J. Crain (RHP) – 60-day DL (recovery from right biceps surgery)

About Dorf

Adam "Dorf" Waltersdorf is the Vice President of TMSNX and contributor across the entire Majors Sports Network. He is the Editor in Chief of the Majors East Lansing and an editor at The Majors Detroit and the The Majors Sports Network. He also is the Host of TMSNX's weekly Football podcast "Inside the Huddle" and on air personality for the weekly Detroit Sports Podcast "Motor City Uncut" and the weekly baseball podcast "The Sandlot Report".

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