Major League Baseball
Detroit at Atlanta
When: 7:10 PM ET, Saturday, October 1, 2016
Where: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers are swinging red-hot bats when Mother Nature hasn't doused them with buckets of rain. Cabrera and the Tigers look to make up ground in their bid for a postseason berth as the club vies for its fourth straight victory on Saturday when they play the second contest of a three-game interleague series at the Atlanta Braves.

Cabrera went deep on two occasions in Detroit's 6-2 series-opening win on Friday to improve to 14-for-31 with four homers and 14 RBIs during his eight-game hitting streak. The two-time American League MVP has 20 blasts and 55 RBIs in his past 63 contests for the Tigers, who have won eight of 11 to reside a half-game behind Toronto for the second wild-card berth. National League East cellar-dwelling Atlanta has long since given up on its postseason aspirations, but it had won 10 of 11 and 35 of 69 since the All-Star Game before Friday's setback. Freddie Freeman is 0-for-7 in his last two contests since seeing his hitting and on-base streaks come to an end at 30 and 46 games, respectively, but is batting .360 versus Saturday starter Jordan Zimmermann.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, FSN South (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Jordan Zimmermann (9-6, 4.88 ERA) vs. Braves RH Aaron Blair (1-7, 8.02)

Zimmermann is scheduled to make his first start since Sept. 10 and third in more than three months on Saturday as the 30-year-old has been plagued by both neck and lat issues. The Wisconsin native, whose last win came against the Chicago White Sox on June 14, owns a 7-3 career mark against Atlanta with a 2.55 ERA. Zimmermann has enjoyed success in seven outings away from Comerica Park this season, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.47 ERA.

Blair sure has taken his lumps during his rookie season, yielding 20 runs over his last four starts - including five in 3 1/3 innings in a 6-4 setback at Miami on Saturday. The 24-year-old has been taken deep 12 times in his last eight outings and issued at least three walks in five of those contests. Blair owns an 0-4 mark with an 8.18 ERA at Turner Field this season while allowing the opposition to bat .302 against him.


1. Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler has homered in back-to-back contests to extend his hitting and run-scoring streaks to seven and eight games, respectively.

2. Atlanta C Tyler Flowers is 6-for-16 with one homer, six RBIs and three runs scored during his four-game hitting streak.

3. Monday's makeup game pitting the Tigers and Cleveland Indians will be played at 1 p.m. on Monday, should the contest be deemed necessary.

PREDICTION: Tigers 4, Braves 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Detroit 86-73 W3 45-35 41-38 19-15 38-37 16-16 13-5
Atlanta 66-93 L1 29-50 37-43 36-39 13-20 11-22 6-12
Last Meeting
Detroit Atlanta
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/30/16 DET 6 ATL 2 .289 4 .989 .182 2 .614
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit J. Upton .750 3 2.550
Atlanta D. Swanson .333 1 .833
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit M. Cabrera 2 3 3
Atlanta M. Kemp 1 1 1
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 2.00 .289 12
Atlanta 6.00 .182 8
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit M. Cabrera .315 185 .959
Atlanta F. Freeman .304 177 .972
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit M. Cabrera 38 92 108
Atlanta M. Kemp 35 89 108
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 4.25 .268 1218
Atlanta 4.55 .255 1200