The Detroit Tigers are not winning as many games as they would have hoped for after improving the bullpen and aquiring starting pitcher David Price. However, Kyle Lobstein has been a bright light in a dark room for the Tigers since pitching in long relief on August 23. The team has won three straight games with Lobstein on the mound yet he is 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA. Lobstein can put together an impressive future with the Tigers if he can keep up his strong outings.
With Saturday's 5-4 loss, the Tigers (77-65) dropped to 3-4 in games started by Price. With Lobstein starting, the club is 2-0.
The 25-year-old had not struck out a batter in his first start, but on Tuesday he struck out 10 over 5 1/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians. Today, the team he is facing is not the Indians. They are the red hot San Francisco Giants led by catcher Buster Posey and a solid pitching staff. He will need to produce to the best of his ability if the Tigers want to avoid being swept.
"Right now I actually feel more comfortable, just because I have gotten a couple of starts. I feel like I'm starting to settle in a little bit," Lobstein said. "It's going to be a cool feeling, though, knowing that especially people back home can turn the TV on to ESPN and see me pitch. That'll be a special feeling."
The Tigers may be getting catcher Alex Avila back Sunday after he has missed four games due to a concussion.
The Giants (78-64) have now won nine of eleven and are batting .340 in their last 10 with 7.5 runs per game. They send veteran Tim Hudson to the mound on Sunday to face the Tigers whom are looking to roar. They've won eight of nine against the Tigers. The Giants are in command of its wild-card spot, yet the Tigers are still chasing their spot.
Tim Hudson, 39, has not looked too good as of late. He is 9-9 with a 3.08 ERA, but was shelled in Monday's 10-9 loss against the Colorado Rockies. The allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings plus. He has gone 2-7 with a 4.43 ERA since June 12. Against the AL, he has went 1-3 with a 6.65 ERA.
Tune into ESPN at 8 P.M. ET for Sunday Night Baseball between the Giants (T. Hudson 9-9, 3.08ERA) and the Tigers (Lobstein 0-0, 3.18ERA).