Nicholas Castellanos has 13 home runs on breaking balls since the All-Star break last year. That’s the fourth most in the major leagues. Castellanos is also hitting .414 vs left-handed pitching this season, the best in the major leagues.
Jeimer Candelario has seen 10 or more pitches in five plate appearances this year which is tied for the most in MLB. Candelario is also 10 for his last 23 (.435) batting right-handed.
Joe Jimenez has allowed an on-base percentage of .036 with two strikes in the count over the last month. Also, if Jimenez gets to two strikes in the count, it’s lights out. Opponents are hitless in their last 27 at-bats with two strikes.
Niko Goodrum has 13 extra base hits this season with two strikes. Goodrum is also slugging .698 with runners on base this season. Related: Examining Niko Goodrum’s value to the Tigers.
John Hicks is 6 for his last 10 when leading off an inning.
Jose Iglesias as swung and missed just 7% of the time with two strikes over the last month.
Matthew Boyd has a BABIP of .136 against right-handed batter the last month, which is tied for the best in baseball. League average is .281. Also, opponents are 1-20 against Boyd the third time through the lineup over the last month.
Michael Fulmer has retired the lead-off hitter in each of his last 14 innings.
When Leonys Martin swings at the first pitch of an at-bat, good things usually happen. Martin is hitting .480 on the first pitch this season. League average is .345.
Despite their three-game sweep of the White Sox over the weekend, the Tigers have struggled on the road this year. One of the reasons is falling behind. They have allowed the opponent to score first 63% of the time this year, the 4th highest total in the big leagues.
Louis Coleman has recorded 7 of his 10 strikeouts against lefties this year with his slider.