Tigers vs. Astros Game 3 Preview: Porcello looks to pitch the Tigers to their 8th straight win.



Rick+Porcello+Kansas+City+Royals+v+Detroit+UbI1KsZcCdFlThe Tigers (19-9) go for their eighth straight win tonight and look to move to more than 10 games over the .500 mark for the first time in 2014 when they take on the Houston Astros (10-23) in Game three of the four game series from Comerica Park. The Tigers currently hold the MLB’s highest winning percentage and look to expand on their 5.0 game lead in the American League Central going into play today. 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.


Rick Porcello, RHP

Rick, pictured above, is off to the best start of his career. He currently holds a 4-1 record with a 3.66 ERA in his first five starts, covering 32 innings of work. Porcello has never allowed less than an hit per inning average with his previous best coming in his rookie season in 2009 when he allowed 9.3 hits per nine innings. He currently holds a 7.9 H/9 ratio and has only walked 4 batters all season.

Porcello has only faced the Astros once in his career when he went 7.0 innings, allowing 3 runs, walking none, and striking out 7 in a start that came last season. However, in that start the Astros did hit 2 home runs.


Brad Peacock, RHP

Peacock is another one of the young Astros players that has never faced the Tigers, having only faced Ian Kinsler and Rajai Davis when they were members of their former ball clubs. Peacock currently holds a 0-2 record with a 5.26 ERA and a scary 1.87 WHIP in 3 starts and 4 relief appearances so far in 2014. Opponents are hitting well above the league average against Peacock, hitting a healthy .277 clip. His 24 K’s and 20 BB’s in 25 innings play into the Tigers hands because of their lineup being full of patient veteran hitters.

Starting Lineup for the Tigers

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B – .308, 2 HR, 16 RBI
2. Torii Hunter, RF – .333, 4 HR, 20 RBI
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B – .293, 3 HR, 23 RBI

4. Victor Martinez, DH – .320, 5 HR, 17 RBI
5. Don Kelly, CF – .292, 0 HR, 1 RBI
6. Nick Castellanos, 3B – .244, 4 HR, 18 RBI

7. Alex Avila, C – .238, 2 HR, 6 RBI
8. Andrew Romine, SS – .240, 0 HR, 1 RBI
9. Rajai Davis, LF – .337, 2 HR, 10 RBI

The Tigers Career vs. Brad Peacock:

  • Ian Kinsler: 1/6 (.167), 1 RBI, 1 K
  • Rajai Davis: 0/3 (.000), 1 K
  • Danny Worth: No career plate appearances vs. Peacock
  • Nick Castellanos: No career plate appearances vs. Peacock
  • Miguel Cabrera: No career plate appearances vs. Peacock
  • Torii Hunter: No career plate appearances vs. Peacock
  • Victor Martinez: No career plate appearances vs. Peacock
  • Austin Jackson: No career plate appearances vs. Peacock
  • Alex Avila: No career plate appearances vs. Peacock
  • J.D. Martinez: No career plate appearances vs. Peacock
  • Bryan Holaday: No career plate appearances vs. Peacock
  • Andrew Romine : No career plate appearances vs. Peacock
  • Don Kelly: No career plate appearances vs. Peacock

First Pitch Forecast:

60 degrees with winds out of the East at 12 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is twenty 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 (RHP) – 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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