MLB Network will air Thursday’s matchup between the New York Mets and the Detroit Tigers, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, and will also air on SNY in the Mets market and on Bally Sports Detroit in the Tigers market. Justin Verlander will be making his long-awaited New York debut after a shoulder strain in the spring, while Detroit will counter with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (2-2, 2.21).
After suffering a shocking sweep in Wednesday’s doubleheader with Detroit, the Mets suddenly find themselves third in the NL East at 16-15. Scherzer returned from his 10-game suspension but was promptly rocked by his former team, as New York’s starting rotation (sixth-highest starter ERA in baseball at 5.56) continues to struggle. If Verlander doesn’t immediately look like his old Cy Young self, the alarm bells will only get louder.
Despite a punchless offense that sits dead last in team OPS entering Thursday, Detroit sits third in the AL Central at 12-17. (Granted, it has not been a great start for the AL Central.) Rodriguez has been a big reason why, as the veteran has anchored the Tigers’ pitching staff and is currently the only starter with an ERA below 5 on the season. It’s been largely smoke and mirrors and close-game magic for Detroit thus far, but hey, after the last few years of this rebuild, they’ll take it.
New York is currently a -175 favorite on the moneyline at DraftKings Sportsbook, while the Tigers are +150 underdogs. The run total is set at 8.
Mets vs. Tigers
Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Eduardo Rodriguez
First pitch: 1:05 p.m. ET
Mets local broadcast: SNY
Tigers local broadcast: Bally Sports Detroit
Live stream: MLB.TV, MLB App
Moneyline odds: Mets -175, Tigers +150
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