Detroit – With the postponement of the game against the Pirates Saturday – the second in three days wiped away by inclement weather – the Tigers are now taxed with having to play six games over the next five days.
Not what any team is looking for at the start of a long, six-month season.
The Tigers and Pirates will make up Saturday’s postponement with a split doubleheader on Sunday – game times are set for 1:10 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. All paid tickets from Saturday will be valid for the second game on Sunday.
The glut of games coming so quickly after spring training may force manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Chris Bosio to slightly reconfigure the starting rotation.
The scheduled pitching matchup from Saturday – Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer vs. Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams – will move to the first game on Sunday.
As for the second game, the Tigers are listing their starter as TBA. Left-hander Francisco Liriano was slated to start on Sunday. He may be pushed back.
With the makeup doubleheader, both teams can add a 26th player. The Tigers may choose to call up somebody off the Triple-A roster to make a spot start – lefties Chad Bell and Ryan Carpenter would be candidates.
Logistics may be an issue, though. The Triple-A season starts next weekend and Toledo opens on the road at Louisville.
But if the Tigers use a spot starter in Game 2, the Tigers could keep Jordan Zimmermann and Fulmer on regular rest. Liriano and Daniel Norris, presumably, would pitch Monday and Tuesday against the Royals.
The rotation would then flip over and remain intact.