The Detroit Tigers may have nothing left to play for this season, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up. The Tigers will try to build on a strong performance when they visit the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday for the middle contest of their three-game series.
Detroit officially raised the white flag on the season at the Aug. 31 trade deadline by dealing away Justin Upton and Justin Verlander, but building blocks for the future like Nick Castellanos still remain. Castellanos was the offensive star on Friday, belting his third career grand slam in the 5-4 win while another youngster, rookie third baseman Jeimer Candelario, highlighted the defensive effort by starting a triple play. The Blue Jays sit in last place in the American League East and are losers of three straight and nine of their last 12 games. Toronto is giving several players longer looks in September, and one will get the ball on Saturday as Brett Anderson starts against Detroit’s Chad Bell.
TV: 4:07 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, Sportsnet (Toronto)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers LH Chad Bell (0-2, 5.98 ERA) vs. Blue Jays LH Brett Anderson (2-3, 6.42)
Bell is getting a second chance to earn a spot in Detroit’s rotation after struggling in his debut start against Cleveland on Sunday. The 28-year-old rookie was knocked around for five runs and eight hits in four innings while notching just one strikeout and absorbing the loss. Bell, who made his first 19 appearances out of the bullpen, has surrendered 57 hits while issuing 22 walks in 46 2/3 frames.
Anderson is making his third start for Toronto and looking for his first win despite pitching well against Boston and Baltimore. The 29-year-old, who began the season with the Chicago Cubs before being released in May, surrendered one run in 5 2/3 innings against the Red Sox and held Baltimore to three runs in six frames on Sunday. Anderson issued 12 free passes in six appearances with Chicago but has yet to walk a batter with the Blue Jays.
1. Blue Jays OF Steve Pearce left Friday’s game with stiffness in his lower back and is day-to-day.
2. Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann (neck) is not expected to throw for at least the next three days after receiving a nerve block injection.
3. Toronto 3B Josh Donaldson was scratched from Friday’s lineup due to illness and is day-to-day.
PREDICTION: Blue Jays 7, Tigers 3