Jul 11, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
The Diamondbacks continue their first homestead after sweeping the Cubs, with an inter-league series against the mighty Detroit Tigers.
The team will look to continue the momentum that they got from sweeping Chicago over the weekend and win two straight series to begin the second half. I said this team would be better in the second half, so far so good. Problem is this team isn’t playing the Cubs anymore, there playing the Tigers who have made the ALCS 3 straight years and are stacked again this year despite not having Prince Fielder.
The Tigers are lead by one of her best pitching staffs in baseball. Former Dback Max Scherzer is having another great year after winning the A.L CY Young last year, Anibal Sanchez owns a no-hitter against the Snakes and is having a great year, and Rick Porcello should have been an All Star. Justin Verlander is having a down year but he is Justin Verlander. Victor Martinez is having a great year and Ian Kinsler in his first year with Detroit is having a nice year.
Key Storyline: Oh yah and then there is the best hitter in the world Miguel Cabrera. He won a Triple Crown in 2012 and had just as good of a year last year. He can hit anywhere in any part of the ballpark and trust me you can’t shift against him. He is so strong and he is the smartest hitter in the game. This series features the best first basemen in the game, Paul Goldschmdit and Miguel Cabrera. Goldschmidt is having another great year and I can’t wait to see this matchup.
Game 1: RHP Justin Verlander vs. LHP Vidal Nuno
Justin Verlander is having a down year after being one of the best pitchers in the game the last two years. He is 8-8 with an era over 4. He held the Royals scoreless for six innings in his last start. Nuno’s first two starts were pretty good. He allowed a grand slam to Buster Posey in his last outing surrendering his first four runs of his career.
Game 2: RHP Rick Porcello vs. RHP Chase Anderson
Porcello allowed one run in six innings against the Royals to notch his 12th win of the season. He should have been an All Star and is in contention for the A.L CY Young with an era under 2.40. Anderson got back in his last start pitching six innings against the Marlins after losing his previous four.
Game 3: RHP Anibal Sanchez vs. RHP Trevor Cahill
Sanchez owns a no-hitter against the Snakes and has always had great success against Arizona. He threw six scoreless innings against the Indians. He owns a 3.32 era and is still striking people out. Cahill made his first start after a month in minors throwing five innings giving up three runs.
Series Prediction: The Tigers pitching staff is to good. Tigers sweep the Diamondbacks