Atlanta Braves at Detroit Tigers Series Preview

Stephen Dunn

If you missed my Q&A with Rob Rogacki of Bless You Boys that was posted first thing this morning, you can find it here.

Atlanta catches Detroit at a good time, as the Tigers come in having lost five of their last six games and sit at 10-10 overall on the season.

Offense:

As a team, Detroit ranks 2nd in the American League in batting average (.269), 2nd in on-base average (.337), 12th in slugging percentage (.372), 9th in wOBA (.312), 10th in wRC+ (96), 5th in walk rate (9.0%), and 14th in strikeout rate (17.2%).

Individually, the Tigers are led by the trio of Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera, and Torii Hunter. So far, Fielder is mashing to the tune of .311/.430/.595 with a .430 wOBA, 176wRC+, and a team leading five home runs. New acquisition Hunter has gotten off to a hot start, hitting .373/.416/.518 with a .408 wOBA and 161 wRC+. Cabrera checks in at .361/.432/.506 with a .407 wOBA and 160 wRC+.

Austin Jackson isn't hitting for much power, but is hitting .277/.340/.372 with a .318 wOBA and a 99 wRC+. He also leads the team with five steals. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta has a triple slash of .299/.337/390.

Victor Martinez and Alex Avila are both struggling mightily, with wRC+'s of 38 and 36 respectively.

Pitching matchups:

Friday, April 26th, 7:08 PM ET


Paul Maholm

#28 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-2

220

L

L

Jun 25, 1982



Anibal Sanchez

#19 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers

6-0

205

R

R

Feb 27, 1984


Saturday, April 27th, 1:05 PM ET


Kris Medlen

#54 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

5-10

190

B

R

Oct 07, 1985



Rick Porcello

#21 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers

6-5

200

R

R

Dec 27, 1988


Sunday, April 28th, 8:08 PM ET


Mike Minor

#36 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-4

205

R

L

Dec 26, 1987



Doug Fister

#58 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers

6-8

210

L

R

Feb 04, 1984

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