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Detroit Tigers (48-52) at Tampa Bay Rays (51-51) — 12:10 PM ET
Tropicana Field — St. Petersburg, FL
(foxsports.com)-Even when they’ve pitched well lately, neither Detroit’s Justin Verlander nor Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer can pick up a victory. It’s been a whole lot longer, though, since Verlander got one.
Wednesday’s series finale between the Tigers and Rays at Tropicana Field may be regarding who will be Archer’s catcher.
Even if Curt Casali isn’t, manager Kevin Cash could give him a first career start at designated hitter after the unheralded rookie homered four times through two games of this series. Casali appears to have taken the starting role from Rene Rivera, who is batting .176 and is 1 for 17 since the All-Star break. Casali has six homers in 20 plate appearances since the break
Archer (9-7, 2.67), meanwhile, is winless in a career-high five straight starts while going 0-3, equaling his worst losing streak. He couldn’t be blamed for not winning his two games since the break, getting no run support as he yielded three runs in 13 innings while striking out 15. The All-Star also threw 6 2-3 scoreless innings in a 12-inning loss at Yankee Stadium on July 3.
Archer is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts versus Detroit.
When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers futility claimed another victim on Tuesday as David Pricewas hit hard by his former team. The Tampa Bay Rays had not scored more than four runs since July 8 and have now done it in back-to-back games, putting up 10 runs in the 10-2 shellacking. This drops Detroit four games under .500 and will look to avoid a sweep Wednesday afternoon.