In the last of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (23-22) and the Philadelphia Phillies (25-21) at Comerica Park, Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 6.23 ERA) and Aaron Nola (3-3, 2.85 ERA) take the mound. The Tigers won the last game 3-1, and Detroit leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 25 and will air on CSPh and FSDT.
In his most recent outing, Sanchez pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out four and walking two in a 7-5 loss to the Rays. Miguel Cabrera (.325, 27 Rs, 11 HRs, 30 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs. The Phillies were unsuccessful against the Braves 7-1 the last time Nola pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up five runs (three unearned), striking out six and walking two. Maikel Franco (.254, 13 Rs, 8 HRs, 26 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Tigers -130 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 at the moment.
So far this season, the Tigers are 2-0 against the Phillies.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
Philadelphia has won 44% (8-10) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Detroit has won 48% (10-11) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 3-2 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 4-13. The Phillies have a 6-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 34 this season. Detroit ranks fifth with 60 home runs.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.63 per game. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 9.18.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.654). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .766.
The Phillies are 9-16 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Tigers are 14-17 when they allow at least one homer.