A tidy little duel.
Tigers 4, Dodgers 1
Max Scherzer (19 GS, 126.1 IP, 3.35 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 3.1 fWAR) probably won’t end up signing with the Dodgers this offseason, but they’re a big spender and he’ll be a big free agent. After today’s start, they’re either going to be really interested in him or very mad at him, considering that he allowed six baserunners and just one run over seven innings while also punching out seven. The only blemish was a solo home run to someone who isn’t even making $15 million like most of the Dodgers. The bats got a couple of runs in the 1st inning and added single runs in the 4th and 8th to give Joe Nathan enough of a cushion to finish this one off with a little bridge from Joba Chamberlain. It didn’t start well, but the Tigers swept the two game set from one of baseball’s best teams ahead of a four game set to end the first half against the Royals. Drew Smyly (14 GS, 81 IP, 3.89 ERA, 4.24 FIP, 0.8 fWAR) will grab the ball in game one.
The Moment: Jackson leads off the game with a triple to RCF.