MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Baltimore1 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 6100
Detroit0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2100
  W: A. Brooks (5-8)   L: J. Zimmermann (1-11)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 13, 2019
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 14,722

Orioles, Tigers bring fewest wins into series

According to STATS
According to STATS

Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

  1. The Orioles' relief corps has a 2.87 ERA since August 20, best in MLB. The bullpen has held opponents to a .343 slugging percentage since then, second in MLB behind the Cubs (.309).
  2. The Tigers have hit 102 losses, their seventh season in franchise history with as many losses. Their .297 winning percentage would be their second lowest in a season in franchise history behind 2003 (.265).
  3. This is the fourth series in MLB history between two teams entering at least 50 games below .500. The only time it has happened in the modern era (1900) was in 1969 between the Montreal Expos (40-91) and San Diego Padres (37-92).
  4. After winning two games, Aaron Brooks has allowed 10 runs in seven innings in his last two starts. In two career games against the Tigers, Aaron Brooks has allowed nine runs in just three innings.
  5. Miguel Cabrera is currently on a nine-game hitting streak. He has 31 career 10-game hitting streaks. Since 1980, the only players with more such streaks are Derek Jeter (47), Ichiro Suzuki (43) and Tony Gwynn (36).
  6. Jordan Zimmermann has allowed at least two home runs and four earned runs in each of his last five starts against the Orioles. Chris Davis has slugged 1.636 against Zimmermann, highest by any player in Zimmermann's career (minimum 10 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/16/2019

The only major league teams without at least 50 wins square off this weekend.

It will be a case of the resistible force versus the moveable object when the Baltimore Orioles visit the Detroit Tigers for a four-game series.

Detroit won two of three in Baltimore in late May. The Tigers (43-102) have won just one series since then, when they took two of three against the Los Angeles Angels in late July.

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (1-10, 6.27 ERA) is scheduled to start the series opener Friday. He had given up two or fewer earned runs in four starts since recovering from a cervical spasm before Oakland racked up six runs in five innings against him Saturday. His only victory this season came during that series win over the Angels on July 29.

He's 4-4 with a 5.94 ERA in nine career starts against the Orioles.

Detroit was swept by the New York Yankees in a doubleheader Thursday. One positive was a two-hit game by rookie catcher Jake Rogers in the opener.

Rogers, who was acquired in the Justin Verlander deal with Houston two years ago, had just two hits in his previous 52 at-bats, spanning 16 starts. He's getting an extended audition to see if he'll be part of the team's plans next season.

"He's got to stay in the strike zone," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We know what teams are trying to do to him. He's got to realize that and understand it. (Thursday) he had a lot better grip on it. His swings were a lot better and he just missed one (a long double). Hopefully, that's a step in the right direction for him."

Right-hander Aaron Brooks (4-8, 6.21 ERA) will make his 12th start with Baltimore (47-99) after beginning the season in Oakland. He's 2-5 with a 7.54 ERA since being claimed off waivers.

He pitched six scoreless innings against Washington in late August, but his first two September starts haven't gone well. He allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings at Kansas City while walking four, then surrendered seven runs (six earned) in 2 2/3 innings against Texas on Saturday.

In two career appearances against the Tigers, both in relief, he gave up nine runs and 10 hits, including two home runs. One of those appearances was on May 16, while he was with Oakland. Brooks allowed three runs in one inning in a game the A's won 17-3.

Center fielder Austin Hays drove in a run during the Orioles' 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Hays had a three-hit game the previous night. He'll continue to get steady playing time the next few weeks after hitting 10 homers in 59 games at Triple-A Norfolk.

"Now it's about getting major league at-bats and continuing to develop," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "Once you get here, it's not easy to stay here. You've got to continue to work and improve, and there's going to be adjustments made to him."

Hays, 24, got a taste of the major leagues in 2017 and has battled through injuries to get back.

"I think any time we bring anybody up, we love to see their tools, and we love to see guys have success," Hyde said. "Austin, kind of unfairly, sat for five or six days before he got here. But he's settling in ... I like the way he uses the whole field."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 13, 2019

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