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Series Preview: Pirates at Tigers

Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The biannual 1909 World Series rematch (and/or MLB’s We-Don’t-Want-to-Separate-the-Ohio-Teams Cup) was set to have a little bit more intrigue with a tenured Pirates middle-infield duo suiting up this time for Detroit (8-7). If there was excitement for that, it got cut in half when Jordy Mercer went on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain suffered Saturday.

Mercer is 10-for-43, slashing .233/.298/.326 with solid defense boosting him to 0.2 fWAR, second among the struggling Tigers position players in the early going. Josh Harrison is just 7-for-52 (.135/.220/.154), but also a positive defender so far, as the Tigers’ regular second baseman. JaCoby Jones, also once in the Pirates system, was recently activated from the IL.

The versatile Niko Goodrum (.293/.420/.512) is off to a hot start in his second full season in the majors. Matthew Boyd has allowed one run in two of his three starts, while Spencer Turnbull has allowed three runs in each of his three starts.

The Tigers have lost three in a row, including both games in a weather-shortened series at Minnesota over the weekend.

Schedule

Tuesday, 6:40 p.m. — Joe Musgrove (1-1, 0.00 ERA) vs Matthew Boyd (1-1, 2.60), TV: MLB Network (in market)

Wednesday, 6:40 p.m. — Trevor Williams (1-0, 2.45) vs. Spencer Turnbull (0-2, 4.80), TV: AT&T SportsNet

Poll

How many games will the Pirates win in Detroit?

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  • 65%
    2
    (308 votes)
  • 30%
    1
    (143 votes)
  • 4%
    0
    (19 votes)
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