The pitchers’ duel we didn’t get yesterday.
Tigers 2, Rangers 1
The duel we were promised on Thursday came on Friday with Nick Tepesch and Rick Porcello (2-2, 38 IP, 5.92 ERA, 4.37 FIP, 0.3 WAR) fronting the effort. Porcello only went 5.2 innings but he allowed just one run on a solo homerun and struck out 6 Rangers, who happened to be the team with the lowest K% in MLB entering the day. The offense came primarily from Cabrera (185 wRC+, T-1st in MLB), who had 3 hits and a walk as he scored one of the Tigers’ runs and drove in the other. Both bullpens held serve and the Tigers won their 23rd game in 40 tries, which put them on pace for about 93 as we arrive at the Sparky Anderson threshold. Through 40 games, the Tigers look to be one of the best teams in baseball featuring the top pitching staff and a top five offense. They will look to win their 24th game tomorrow behind Anibal Sanchez (4-3, 52.2 IP, 2.05 ERA, 1.45 FIP, 2.6 WAR) who will look to guarantee the Tigers leave Arlington with no worse than a split.
The Moment: Tom Brookens sends Dirks home in the 3rd despite a very low chance of success – and having a Lamont moment.