May 24, 2024

Javier Baez rested, Tigers ready to meet the Royals

The IS Detroit Tigers hoping for an off day that shortstop Javier Baez, who is still out in a season slump, will have a fresh start

Baez will be back in the lineup when the Tigers continue their four-match series against the hosts Royal Kansas Games on Tuesday. He was given a day off on Monday, when Detroit rallied with three runs in the eighth inning for a 3-2 victory.

Baez is hitting .220 with six home runs and 44 RBI this season, his second with the Tigers. He also struck out 84 times in 88 games

“I think some of that is mechanical and he’s getting in good shape,” Detroit manager AJ Hinch said. “I think most of him wants to cover all parts of the strike zone and areas around the strike zone at the same time. When we can get his mentality to transfer, to stick to his plan, it can it clicks for him. He gets hot, he gets white-hot. That’s obviously what we’re looking for.”

Detroit, which has won three of four games since the All-Star break, will send left-hander Tarik Skubal (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday. He has been successful in two starts since missing 11 months following elbow surgery.

Skubal, 26, allowed two hits over four scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 9. He has pitched four innings in each of his first two outings since coming off the injured list.

“You can’t replicate big-league innings anywhere else — 50 pitches here that aren’t like 50 pitches anywhere else,” Skubal said. “It was important to come back slowly, but my body responded well. This feels good.”

Bobby Witt Jr. 1-for-8 against Skubal, who went 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA in nine career appearances (seven starts) against Kansas City.

The IS royal have lost nine of their last 11 games and continue to monitor the status of All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, who is listed as day-to-day with a left hamstring strain

Left-hander Daniel Lynch (2-4, 4.18) will start for Kansas City after allowing three runs over six innings in a 3-0 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 7. The start was the 50th of his career.

Lynch, 26, has a 6.04 ERA in four home starts this season compared to a 2.52 mark in four trips away from Kauffman Stadium.

Spencer Torkelson has two hits in 12 at-bats against Lynch, who is 2-3 with a 4.21 ERA in seven career starts against Detroit. Baez has four hits in 13 at-bats with a home run and four RBIs against Lynch.

Kansas City’s bullpen is looking to bounce back after failing to hold a lead on Monday. Detroit loaded the bases with two outs against Taylor Clarke and snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak when Jose Cuas walked Kerry Carpenter and Matt Vierling followed with a two-run double.

Clarke allowed a total of 10 runs over the last six appearances spanning 4 2/3 innings.

“He and the pitching guys are working on it every day to see how he can get back to where he was the first part of the year,” royal said manager Matt Quatraro. “He’s had a couple of good outings before this one. We believe in him, and he’s a guy we’re counting on. We’re not going to back him off.

–Field Level Media

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