Detroit Tigers vs. Pirates postponed Tuesday; Wednesday’s doubleheader features Paul Skenes

The Detroit Tigers will be waiting to play.

The Tigers postponed Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park due to expected bad weather. There was no rain at the ballpark at the time of the postponement. The Tigers and Pirates are scheduled to play a straight doubleheader on Wednesday, starting at 12:40 p.m.

For the doubleheader, Game 2 will begin approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.

Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, on May 28, 2024, in Detroit, Michigan.

The Tigers will start left-hander Tarik Skubal in the first game of the doubleheader. They haven’t announced their starter for Game 2, but it’s expected to be right-hander Matt Manning as the 27th player for the doubleheader.

Manning, who hasn’t pitched since May 19, was the 27th player in each of the previous three doubleheaders. He has a 4.88 ERA in five starts with the Tigers this season, also posting a 3.79 ERA in four games with Triple-A Toledo.

The Pirates, meanwhile, will start right-hander Jared Jones in Game 1 and right-hander Paul Skenes in Game 2. These are two of the best young pitchers in baseball, both relying on high-velocity fastballs with an ability to catch whiffs. on secondary locations.

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Both pitchers are in their rookie seasons.

Jones, 22, has a 3.05 ERA in 10 starts; Skenes, who turns 22 on Wednesday, has a 2.25 ERA in three starts. Jones averages 97.3 mph with his fastball; Skenes averages 99.4 mph with his fastball.

“It’s no secret what they have and what they do,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “Just watch a video of them. You see the elite arm and fast challenge throwing style. We’ll have to do a quick study on them because it’s not a group we see a lot, nor a style that we see a lot of stuff. Teams usually throw a ton of secondary stuff at us. That’s not how they throw. We have to prepare for the fastball.

The Tigers and Pirates will play their entire two-game series on Wednesday, followed by the Tigers traveling to Boston to begin a seven-game road trip with four games against the Red Sox (May 30-June 2) which will finish in Texas with three games. matches against the Rangers (June 3-5).

The Tigers – who are riding a three-game winning streak in their City Connect uniform – have not played since Sunday’s 14-11 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Match: Tigers (26-27) against Pittsburgh (25-29), consecutive doubleheader.

First pitch: Game 1, 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Game 2 approximately 40 minutes after the end of Game 1; Comerica Park, Detroit.

Television/radio: Bally Sports Detroit; WXYT-FM (97.1).

Likely Pitchers: Game 1, Tigers — Tarik Skubal (6-1, 2.25 ERA); Pirates — RHP Jared Jones (3-4, 3.05). Game 2, Tigers – To be determined ; Pirates — RHP Paul Skenes (1-0, 2.25).

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers vs. Pirates game postponed tonight; doubleheader Wednesday.

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