The Detroit Tigers had their weekend series opener against the Colorado Rockies rained Friday night, which means fans are ready for a Saturday doubleheader now that Mother Nature is playing along. Forecasts have the mercury hitting 70 degrees with very little chance of precipitation and plenty of sunshine, opening the way to a great day for the American pastime.
A rare encounter between two interleague foes is the setting for Miguel Cabrera’s historic pursuit as he currently sits at No. 2,999 – just on the cusp of an even number that will put him in an elite class of the most great players in the game. But that’s not the only big deal on Saturday, as one of the Tigers’ late-round picks is set to make his major league debut in Game 2.
Check out our preview from yesterday for a preview of the opening game pitchers, as Tarik Skubal and Antonio Senzatela are set to square off at the start of the tilt. Below are the two pitchers who will face off on the mound later.
Detroit Tigers (5-7) at Colorado Rockies (8-4)
Time/Location: 1:10 p.m., 6:40 p.m., Comerica Park
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Media: Bally Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Game 1: HPL Tarik Skubal (0-1, 3.72 ERA) vs RHP Antonio Senzatela (1-0, 2.16 MMA)
Game 2: HPR Beautiful Brieske (0-1, 4.50 ERA AAA) vs LHP Austin Gomber (0-1, 7.00 WPM)
Game 14 Throw Match
Beau Brieske gets the call from Toledo for his first major league cup of coffee on Saturday. The Tigers’ former 2019 27th-round pick MLB Draft out of state Colorado-Pueblo went through the system fairly quickly despite missing the 2020 season due to the COVID shutdown. Standing at 6ft 3in and weighing 180lbs, the 24-year-old mainly showcases a quickball change combination – the latter a legit big league offer – with a curveball that has emerged but not quite ready yet. for prime time.
His minor career numbers dating back to 2019 stand at a record 12-6 with a 3.22 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, starting 23 of the 34 appearances he’s made, including a shutout. complete and two saves in five games finished in 137 minor league innings. Brieske struck out 10.2 batters while allowing seven hits and 2.4 walks per nine innings and giving up 0.7 dingers per. Hopefully the success he’s seen in the lower levels of the sport translates into a big time.
Austin Gomber is looking to get things going after a bit of a rocky start to 2022. Now in his fourth MLB campaign, he had a pair of short stints in 2018 and 2020 with the Cardinals of St. Louis before being traded ahead of spring training in 2021. The former fourth-round pick in the Cards’ 2014 MLB Draft had a 4.53 ERA, 4.61 FIP and a WHIP of 1.24 out of 115 1⁄3 innings, stringing together a 9-9 record in 23 appearances – all starts – for his new team, earning a place in the rotation again in 2022.
Gomber pulls it off using a four-pitch arsenal consisting of a four-seam fastball (90.8 mph), slider (83.1 mph), switch (82.3 mph) and of a curveball (75.7 mph) he uses respectively, with the fastball seeing use 47.8% of the time in 2022, according to baseball scholar. His leanings so far mirror those of last season, although fastball and slider lean a bit more heavily while shift and curve are used less. In terms of 2022 MLB percentile rankings, the Rockies starter only excels in hard hitting percentage, in which he ranks in the 73rd percentile.
Key Match: Miguel Cabrera vs. History
You think Miggy needs to get his 3,000th hit in one of two games today, and to be honest, Saturday is the perfect setting for this historic milestone: at home in front of a weekend crowd with Tigers fans around the world able to tune in and watch the magic happen. It sure would be a shame if he leaves, but at least there’s still one game left on Sunday to make it to Detroit if he does.