Blue Jays 7, Tigers 3
On it’s own, losing to a hard-hitting Jays team on a Thursday afternoon wouldn’t upset you too much. Losing three straight to them? Losing a whole bunch over the last three weeks? That will start to wear you down a bit. Justin Verlander (13 GS, 86 IP, 4.19 ERA, 3.81 FIP, 1.6 fWAR) had some good moments but also allowed six runs in seven innings while walking as many as he struck out, four, and surrendering two home runs. Granted, there was an inexcusable error which opened the door during the first Jays’ rally, but the second rally felt like the killer. The bats got moving first, with two runs in the third inning, but the Tigers struggled to break through during the rest of the game, scoring just another single run, and careened toward a sweep. At some point, things will turn around, but so far, we’ve had no such luck. Drew Smyly (8 GS, 48.1 IP 4.10 ERA, 4.53 FIP, 0.3 fWAR) will get the assignment on Friday against the Red Sox.
The Moment: Kinsler triples in Nick in the third.