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The Detroit Tigers host the Miami Marlins on Tuesday in the first game of the three-game series. The Tigers come in with a record of 18-26 but they have lost 6 in a row. The Miami Marlins have the worst record in baseball at 13-31 but they have win three in a row. The Tigers will start right-hander Spencer Turnbull (2-3), while the Marlins go with left-hander Caleb Smith (3-1). Game time is 7:10 PM ET at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Marlins sweep Mets
The Miami Marlins have been putrid this year with a record of 13-31, but don’t look now — they have won 3 straight games. They swept a 3-game series against the Mets over the weekend, winning the last two games with shutouts. They had been coming off a 7 game losing streak prior to that. On Saturday, the Marlins shut out the Mets 2-0 behind Pablo Lopez (3-5), who pitched a one-hitter through 7 innings. On Sunday, the Marlins blanked the Mets 3-0. Sandy Alcantara (2-4) allowed 2 hits in the complete game shutout. Neil Walker went 2 for 3 and Curtis Granderson had a home run and an RBI. Even with the winning streak, they are 13 games behind the Phillies in the NL East.
The Marlins offense is almost non-existent. They are dead last in the league scoring just 2.68 runs per game. They have a team batting average of .219 which is 28th in the league and a team slugging percentage of .312, which is last in the league. And they are last in home runs. Walker leads the Marlins with an average of .293, while Starlin Castro is hitting .225 with 3 home runs and 12 RBIs. Jorge Alfaro is batting .258 with a team-high 6 HRs and 13 RBIs, while Granderson is only hitting .179 with 5 HRs and 12 RBIs.
Tigers are in freefall
The Tigers were doing okay, exceeding expectations, until about two weeks ago. Since May 9 they have lost 8 of 10 games, including their last 6. The only thing that prevented them from losing their 7th straight game was Mother Nature. A storm came through Detroit Sunday afternoon that forced the game to be suspended until September 6. The Tigers were losing 5-3 at the time. Now, they get a day off before they face the Marlins on Tuesday. So, they remain at 18-26, which puts them in 4th place in the AL Central, 11 games behind first-place Minnesota.
Detroit Tigers can't hold off As, or the rain, in suspended game https://t.co/C8ZVpuQ30K
— Freep Sports (@freepsports) May 19, 2019
The Tigers are a horrible offensive team. They average 3.3 runs per game, which is 29th in the league and ahead of only Miami. They hit just .219 as a team, which is tied for 28th with the Marlins, and they have a slugging percentage of .366, which is 28th in baseball. They are 29th in home runs. Niko Goodrum is hitting .204 with 3 HR and 12 RBIs, while Miguel Cabrera is hitting .292 with 1 HR and 16 RBIs. Nick Castellanos is hitting .254 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs, while John Hicks is hitting .244. Rookie Ronny Rodriguez has been a bright spot since he came up. Rodriguez is batting .271 with 6 HRs and 17 RBIs.
- Tigers are 4-1 in Turnbull’s last 5 starts.
- Tigers are 4-1 last 5 at home in series.
- Marlins are 26-53 in their last 79 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Marlins are 15-36 in their last 51 overall.
- Marlins are 10-25 in their last 35 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Marlins are 2-5 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Marlins are 10-25 in their last 35 during game 1 of a series.
- Marlins are 7-20 in their last 27 Tuesday games.
- Marlins are 9-26 in their last 35 games following an off day.
- Marlins are 13-38 in their last 51 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Marlins are 5-15 in their last 20 vs. American League Central.
- Marlins are 6-20 in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Marlins are 11-40 in their last 51 road games.
- Marlins are 1-4 in their last 5 interleague road games.
- Marlins are 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Tigers. If you’re looking for a fast game without much action, you’ve come to the right place, These are probably the two worst teams in baseball — not probably, they are. They are ranked last and second to last in offense and their pitching isn’t much better. The good news is, each team’s best pitcher is going, so there’s that. But take the home team here to snap their losing streak. The Marlins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings overall.
Prediction: Detroit -115
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under. The line here is pretty low at 7.5. But still, these teams won’t crack 7 runs between them. They are the two worst offensive teams facing each other’s best pitcher. Look for something in the 4-2 range. The under is 6-1 in Turnbulls last 7 starts on grass and 6-1 in his last 7 starts overall. Also, the under is 4-1 in Smiths last 5 starts on grass and 4-1 in his last 5 starts overall.