Coming off of an uplifting series victory against the Chicago Cubs at home, the Miami Marlins (41-35) now travel to Comerica Park to face the Detroit Tigers (38-38). The Tigers provided the Marlins with a bit of a downer of an opening home series, sweeping them in two games way back on. Now the Marlins can return the favor and put the Tiggies below .500 on the year.
Every season, every team has their irritating nemesis. For the 2016 Marlins, it's the lowly Atlanta Braves. For the 2016 Tigers, it's been the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers were riding high coming off of a four game sweep of the Mariners only to be swept by the Indians in three. It was the third such sweep this season by the Tribe, who have bested the Tigers 9-0 to this point. At least in the Tigers defense, the Indians at 15 games above .500 appear to be legitimately good...this is probably as good a point as any to cease with the Braves comparison.
The Tigers will have a chance to better their record against the Indians down the road, and I suspect things will even out for them a bit as they're too talented overall to not at least be in the wild card conversation.