Tigers 6, Astros 2
With a 6-2 win today, the Tigers improved to 22-15 and a robust 6-0 against the Houston Astros. Outside of a rough 2nd inning, Doug Fister (5-1, 50 IP, 3.06 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 1.5 WAR) performed well, posting a final line of 7 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, and 7 strikeouts against the swinging ‘Stros. The offense was very quiet early, but came alive with three runs on four straight hits in the 5th to take the lead for good before adding on in the late innings. One can’t get too excited about defeating the Astros, but one also can’t expect your team to do anything more than beat the Astros, as there is not a category of outcomes better than winning. With Fister’s solid performance, there are now 21 major league teams that do not have one starting pitching who has a higher WAR than the Tigers’ 4th best starter this season. The four Tigers starters are 1st, 5th, 6th, and 13th best baseball at about 10pm on May 14th. If you’re wondering how the Tigers are doing it, this should probably tell you most of the story (team stats entering today):
The Tigers will attempt to complete their second sweep of the Astros in as many weeks Wednesday behind Max Scherzer (5-0, 47.1 IP, 3.61 ERA, 1.89 FIP, 2.0 WAR).
The Moment: Dirks doubles in the go-ahead run in the 5th by bouncing the ball over the RCF wall.