Justin Verlander (14-7, 3.28 ERA) and Chris Tillman (15-5, 3.76 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (76-65) and the Baltimore Orioles (77-64) at Comerica Park. The Orioles won the last game 11-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 11 and can be seen on MASN, FSDT and TBS.
Verlander pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out 11 and walking one in a 5-3 win over the White Sox. J.D. Martinez (.328, 63 Rs, 20 HRs, 59 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one RBI. Tillman went 2.0 innings, surrendering six runs and walking five in a 12-2 defeat to the Astros in his last outing. Mark Trumbo (.253, 84 Rs, 41 HRs, 99 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
When leading after seven innings, Baltimore is 37-24, while Detroit is 39-28.
The Orioles are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Tigers have a 0-5 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 59-11. The Orioles have a 52-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Detroit has earned 645 this season. Baltimore ranks 10th with 674 runs.
Ranking eighth, Detroit is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.766). Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .775.
When the Orioles allow at least one home run, they are 44-51, well-matched with the Tigers who are 43-47 when allowing at least one homer.