When: 4:10 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Comerica Park.
TV: Bally Sports Detroit.
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1) (Tigers radio affiliates).
First-pitch forecast: High-70s, cloudy.
OUT FOR 2022-23: Tigers right-hander Casey Mize to undergo Tommy John surgery
1. CF Victor Reyes
2. 2B Jonathan Schoop
3. RF Austin Meadows
4. DH Miguel Cabrera
5. 3B Harold Castro
6. SS Javier Baez
7. LF Willi Castro
8. 1B Spencer Torkelson
9. C Eric Haase
Game notes: MLB’s free-agent market isn’t always kind to teams looking for a quick boost — we’d point out the numbers put up by Eduardo Rodriguez and Javier Baez this season as evidence, but no one wants to look at those more than they have to.
But deals do work out, sometimes; consider Kevin Gausman’s first 11 starts for the Blue Jays, in which he has a 2.78 ERA with 73 strikeouts, SEVEN walks and two home runs allowed over 64 2/3 innings.
Gausman was already a Cy Young contender, finishing sixth in the NL vote last season with the San Francisco Giants after posting a 2.81 ERA, 3.00 FIP (a metric that measures pitchers’ effectiveness at controlling walks, homers, hit-by-pitches and strikeouts) and a 4.54 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He then signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Jays. This season, his FIP is 1.61 and his K/BB ratio is, yes, 10.43. (By comparison, No. 2 in the majors, Aaron Nola, is at 8.50 and Tarik Skubal, himself having a stellar season, is at 7.00, good for sixth.)
After 5 ½ mostly mediocre seasons with the Orioles, Gausman reinvented himself in the National League in stints with the Braves, Reds and Giants. As such, he hasn’t faced many of the current Tigers; just five players on the active roster have plate appearances against him. Three of those, however, have home runs: Miguel Cabrera, with a homer, a…