Detroit Tigers vs Pittsburgh Pirates Picks and Predictions May 29th 2024

Detroit Tigers vs Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Wed, May 29, 15:40 pm.
Detroit Tigers
ML: -155
Pittsburgh Pirates
ML: 125

The Detroit Tigers had an extra day to savor their biggest offensive output of the season. After getting Memorial Day off, they’ll open a two-game home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

Detroit extended its winning streak to three games on Sunday afternoon with a wild 14-11 win over Toronto. The Tigers blew 5-0 and 8-3 leads, then rallied to score the game’s last five runs. Matt Vierling capped it off with a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth off Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano.

“There was a lot in that game to love and a few things not to love so much,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “But what an ending.”

Vierling, who had four hits, also homered earlier in the game. He was waiting on a slider and got it on a 3-2 count for his first career walkoff homer.

“My brother and I in the backyard, we’d always be doing situations like that,” he said. “It’s kind of cool when it actually happens.”

The Tigers can reach the .500 level again with a win on Tuesday. The three-game win streak was preceded by a five-game slide.

They’ll have their best arm on the mound. Tarik Skubal (6-1, 2.25 ERA) will carry a little extra motivation into the contest after taking his first loss of the season in his last start.

Skubal gave up four runs in five innings to Kansas City on Wednesday, requiring 96 pitches to get 15 outs.

“It was partly command and they had some really good at-bats,” said Skubal, who had not given up more than two earned runs in his previous seven starts. “They fouled off some really good pitches and there were too many pitcher’s counts that went to 3-2 counts. And that’s a credit, I guess, to their hitters. I’ve got to do a better job at finishing those at-bats.”

Skubal is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in three career appearances against Pittsburgh.

The Pirates took two of three games during a weekend series against Atlanta but lost Sunday’s finale, 8-1. Starting pitcher Martin Perez and catcher Joey Bart both departed the game early with injuries.

Pittsburgh has listed its dynamic young duo of Jared Jones and Paul Skenes as its starting pitchers in the Detroit series.

Jones (3-4, 3.05 ERA), a 22-year-old rookie, has gone at least six innings in all four of his May starts. In his last outing, he gave up three runs and six hits in six innings against San Francisco.

He allowed a two-run homer to Matt Chapman in the sixth and the Pirates wound up losing in extra innings.

“I threw the pitches I needed to throw when I needed to throw them,” Jones said. “Obviously, I need to get better at throwing certain pitches in tight spots where that could end up costing us the ballgame. I think that’s what happened. I don’t give up that home run to Chapman if I throw a better pitch, (and) we probably walk away with a win.”

Jones will be facing the Tigers for the first time.

–Field Level Media

The game Tuesday night between the Pittsburgh Pirates and host Detroit Tigers was postponed due to a forecast of inclement weather.

The game will be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 12:40 p.m. ET and the second game starting about 40 minutes after Game 1’s conclusion.

Tuesday’s scheduled starters now have the assignment for Game 1 on Wednesday. Detroit veteran left-hander Tarik Skubal (6-1, 2.25 ERA) has a matchup with Pittsburgh right-hander Jared Jones (3-4, 3.05), a 22-year-old rookie.

The Pirates have moved their original Wednesday starter, rookie sensation Paul Skenes, to Game 2. The right-hander, the No. 1 overall pick out of LSU in the 2023 MLB Draft, has made three starts and is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA, four walks and 21 strikeouts in 16 innings.

Detroit had penciled in veteran right-hander Jack Flaherty (1-4, 3.84 ERA) for Wednesday before Tuesday’s rainout. As of Tuesday evening, the Game 2 starter was to be announced. Right-hander Matt Manning (0-1, 4.88), who has pitched in each of the team’s previous three doubleheaders, could be the choice.

–Field Level Media

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