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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Detroit Tigers Lineups, preview and prediction (8/19)

The Dodgers can't seem to lose right now, but could the Tigers take them by surprise?


The Dodgers won last night’s game in Detroit 8-5.

Detroit took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to back-to-back doubles by Justin Upton and Miguel Cabrera. The Dodgers put up four runs in the next frame with a rally started by the middle of their lineup and they didn’t look back. Detroit starter Jordan Zimmerman was eventually pulled in the sixth after allowing seven runs in 5.1 innings. 

The Tigers went a combined 3-14 with runners in scoring position on Friday, leaving 11 men stranded on base. Other than the first inning rally, all of their runs came on solo home runs from Justin Upton (who hit two) and J.D. Martinez. 

Game 2 Starters – Hyun-Jin Ryu (LHP) vs Michael Fulmer (RHP)

Ryu has been one of the many reasons the Dodgers possess such an elite rotation this season. In his third full season in the majors, he’s sporting a 3.63 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 96.2 innings. In four starts since coming off the DL in July, he has allowed just five runs in 24 innings pitched, striking out 25. He has yet to face the Tigers this season. 

Although he hasn’t been as good as he was in his 2016 rookie campaign, Fulmer has been the undisputed ace for the Tigers here in 2017. His 3.78 ERA is the best on the team, and he has also maintained a 1.16 WHIP this year. He is in the midst of a four-game losing streak in which he has allowed 19 runs in 21.2 innings. He’ll look to break out of this slump tonight, although LA won’t make it easy for him. 

Lineups

Dodgers LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Taylor, SS17.310.379
Seager, DH19.310.397
Turner, 3B17.345.436
Bellinger, LF34.275.357
Grandal, C15.263.316
Puig, RF21.252.336
Gonzalez, 1B1.254.301
Forsythe, 2B3.247.371
Pederson, RF11.215.319
Tigers LineupHome RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Kinsler, 2B12.246.327
Mahtook, CF9.302.353
Upton, LF25.285.368
Cabrera, 1B13.257.343
Castellanos, 3B16.246.306
Martinez, DH10.258.327
McCann, C11.261.327
Presley, RF1.314.371
Iglesias, SS4.248.281

Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not

The Dodgers lineup has been lighting up scoreboards this month. In 15 games the team has three different players in Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor, and Justin Turner who all have ten or more RBIs and five or more home runs. Bellinger leads the pack with six and batting .327 with a 1.112 OPS. Meanwhile, Turner has struck out just three times in his last 59 plate appearances. 

Yasiel Puig is slumping right now. He has put up a .227 batting average in August, going 2-16 in his last five games. Yasmani Grandal is 6-35 in his last ten games and has struck out 12 times in 40 plate appearances during that span. 

Justin Upton has been on fire in August, posting a .311 batting average and 1.129 OPS in 16 games. He’s also hit eight home runs and driven in 21 while scoring 13. His 47 total bases are best on the team by over ten. Mikie Mahtook is also having a strong month, batting .328 and slugging .522. He comes into Saturday with seven multi-hit games in his last ten. 

Jose Iglesias is batting .140 over the course of the last two weeks. That’s only six hits in 43 at-bats. He has more strikeouts during that span, with seven. Miguel Cabrera is struggling, with a .243 average and .319 slugging percentage in August. The Tigers former MVP has struck out 13 times in his last 47 at-bats while getting only 11 hits. 

Prediction: Dodgers 7 – Tigers 4

Like last night’s game, the scoreboard will be close, but I believe the Dodgers will be in control throughout. Playing in Detroit means LA can add an extra slugger to their lineup via the DH, and I think they will jump on Fulmer early. The Tigers righty is in the midst of a cold streak and the Dodgers will look to make sure it continues. 

Where to Watch

Today’s game will be broadcast on SNLA and FSD, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers. 

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