Philadelphia Phillies (49-52) at Detroit Tigers (56-45)
Cole Hamels (4-12, 4.16) vs. Doug Fister (8-5, 3.90)
The Phillies head to Detroit after being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals. They’ve been stuck on 49 wins for a few days now, and can’t reach number 50. It’s going to be another tough series as the Tigers are in first place in the American League Central.
Like the Phillies, the Tigers have had bullpen issues. The Tigers rank 26th in bullpen ERA (4.08) while the Phillies rank 28th (4.51). Manager Jim Leyland has shown that he has little trust in his bullpen. In multiple instances as of late, closer Joaquin Benoit was forced to pitch in non-save situations to avoid late-inning comebacks by the opponent. On the other hand, the Tigers have a very strong starting rotation, which has the sixth best ERA in all of baseball.