After the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Guardians had game one of their series in Detroit get rained out, the teams prepare for a Tuesday doubleheader
Game One: Cleveland Guardians (-115, 9) vs. Detroit Tigers
The Guardians will hand the ball to Hunter Gaddis in game one of the doubleheader, whose MLB numbers are rough with a 12.15 ERA across five starts. However, he showed at the Triple-A level that he has good enough stuff to dominate with 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings and a 4.01 ERA last season.
Part of the reason for Gaddis’ struggles has been facing some of the league’s top offenses. When he got an opportunity against a sub-.500 team, he dominated with six scoreless innings and just one hit allowed against the Oakland Athletics on April 5.
Backing up Gaddis is a Guardians bullpen that has been the best in Major League Baseball since the 2022 All-Star Break while the Tigers entered Sunday 25th in the league in bullpen ERA this season at 5.46.
While the Guardians also back up Gaddis with a lineup that is last in the American League in home runs, the Tigers are last among the 30 MLB teams in on-base plus slugging with a league-worst .208 batting average.
Due to Sunday’s and Monday’s rainout, Matthew Boyd is likely to start in game one against Gaddis while Eduardo Rodriguez goes in game two. Boyd has a 5.02 ERA with 1.7 home runs per nine innings since the 2019 All-Star Break.
With the Tigers' schedule mixed up thanks to their game with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday being in delay all afternoon and evening long, the Guardians will take advantage and get Gaddis his first MLB win.
The Play: Guardians -115 Game One