The Detroit Tigers (19-23) are coming off a series win against the Cleveland Indians, with hopes to do the same against the Seattle Mariners (24-18). The Tigers have already faced the Mariners once this season, last weekend. The Tigers won that series 2-1, forced to play a doubleheader as yet another one of their games was cancelled due to rain in Detroit. The Mariners are coming off a win against the Twins on a scheduled makeup game and a two-game series split with the Texas Rangers. The Tigers and Mariners are both in third place in their respective divisions, despite the fact that the Mariners are six games above .500 and the Tigers are four games below .500.
Matt Boyd gets the start on the mound for the Tigers. Boyd is a Seattle native, and this will be the first time he gets the start in his hometown. Boyd is the first Tigers lefty to open the season with three straight starts of six or more innings with one or fewer runs allowed. Tigers catcher John Hicks credits his success to Boyd’s work with Tigers new pitching coach Chris Bosio. Boyd is 2-3 this season with a 3.21 record and 32 strikeouts.
Marco Gonzales is booked as the Mariners started for the Thursday night game. The left-handed pitcher lasted six innings against his last (and first) start with the Tigers, giving up four runs and 10 hits. Gonzales comes into his second career start against the Tigers with a 3-3 record with a 5.31 ERA with 41 Ks.
This pitching match-up is the same as the first game of the doubleheader last Saturday. In that start, Boyd held the Mariners to one run in the first four innings as the Tigers went on to win 4-3. Boyd was awarded the win.