The Tigers announced on Tuesday that the start time for Wednesday’s home game against the Orioles has been moved up to 1:10 PM due to impending inclement weather. The Tigers are allowing fans who are unable to attend the game due to the new start time exchange their tickets at any time for any future similar-or-lesser-priced regular season game in the next 12 months, excluding Opening Day 2019.
We have seen a rash of postponements lately, so this solution is certainly better than having yet another game to make up down the road. The Orioles did not play their series finale in Boston on Monday due to inclement weather.
The Orioles’ Kevin Gausman is still scheduled to take on the Tigers’ Matt Boyd on Wednesday.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.