The Los Angeles Dodgers are bringing their special brand of dominance to the American League this weekend, and the Detroit Tigers are getting a look at just how good the National League’s best can be. The Dodgers will try to clinch another series win when they visit the Tigers in the second of a three-game set on Saturday.
Los Angeles improved to 51-9 over its last 60 games with an 8-5 win in Friday’s opener while welcoming back another powerful bat from the disabled list in Adrian Gonzalez. The former All-Star missed the last two months with a back injury but was activated off the disabled list in time for Friday’s contest and went 1-for-4 with a double, a sacrifice fly and a run scored as the Dodgers eased him back in the No. 7 spot in the lineup. The Tigers (53-68) are losers of five straight and 11 of their last 13 to tumble 15 games under .500 and out of the wild card race in the AL. Detroit will send its best to the mound on Saturday, when Michael Fulmer goes up against Los Angeles lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu.
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1, SportsNet Los Angeles, FSN Detroit
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-6, 3.63 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Michael Fulmer (10-10, 3.78)
Ryu had a string of six straight starts allowing two or fewer earned runs come to an end against San Diego last Saturday, when he was reached for three runs and seven hits in five innings. The South Korea native went seven scoreless frames in each of his previous two appearances, surrendering a total of six hits and striking out 15. Ryu started at Detroit on July 8, 2014, and was knocked around for a career-high seven runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Fulmer (elbow) came off the 10-day disabled list on Monday at Texas and was knocked around for five runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings to suffer his fourth straight loss. The Oklahoma native issued a total of four walks over a span of six starts from June 29 to July 25 but handed out six free passes in 11 innings over his last two outings. Fulmer is seeing Los Angeles for the first time and is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in three career interleague starts.
1. Tigers OF Justin Upton homered twice on Friday and posted 10 RBIs in his last seven games.
2. Dodgers 2B Logan Forsythe is 5-for-9 with six runs scored in his last three games.
3. Detroit placed RHP Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) on the 10-day DL Friday.
PREDICTION: Dodgers 5, Tigers 4