Colorado Rockies: series preview with the Detroit Tigers
On Monday, right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will be starting for the Tigers. He has struggled ever he since he left the Washington Nationals to join the Tigers but he has really struggled this season.
He is 7-11 with a 6.11 ERA in 25 starts. To top it off, he has been even worse in his past three starts. He is 0-2 with a 13.83 ERA with 13 2/3 innings pitched and an opponent’s slash line of .409/.437/.727. He hasn’t gone any further than 5 1/3 in any of the three starts and he has allowed seven runs (all earned) in each of the last three starts.
MLB.com has a note on Zimmerman runs: “Not since Tommy Bridges and Schoolboy Rowe in 1935 had a Tiger given up seven earned runs in three consecutive starts until Zimmermann.” The Rockies, especially with the thin Coors Field air, could tee off on him and use him as a jumping board to get the offense going again.
He will be facing Antonio Senzatela, who is 10-4 with a 4.52 ERA. He has only made one start since his return to the rotation. It was against the Royals on this past roadtrip and he went five innings allowing nine hits, two runs, one walk, and two strikeouts.