Though the Detroit Tigers are far from being in a pennant chase, they have been playing some solid baseball of late, and Tarik Skubal’s progression has been a big reason why. Skubal will start Tuesday at home against the Texas Rangers.
The Tigers lost all six of his starts in April, when he pitched to a 6.14 ERA. Since then, they are 7-5 in his outings, in which Skubal has a 3.78 ERA with 11.75 strikeouts per nine innings.
Rangers starter Dane Dunning has struggled away from Arlington this season. In eight road starts spanning 33 innings, he is 0-4 with four home runs and 16 walks allowed with a 6.55 ERA and opponents hitting .319.
The Rangers entered the series with the AL’s worst road record (13-33). Detroit had won its previous five home games and scored at least five runs in all three games in a series in Texas earlier this month. The Tigers should continue their winning ways with Skubal on the mound.
The play: Tigers, -105.