Justin Grimm will start for the Texas Rangers against Doug Fister of the Detroit Tigers on Friday as the teams meet in Michigan for their final series before the All-Star break on Friday night. The tilt begins at 6:08 p.m. CT on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3.
Grimm (7-6, 5.88 ERA): The right-hander has struggled lately, going 2-3 with a 9.00 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of June. … He went only four innings in his last start Sunday, allowing four runs and six hits. ... Grimm has now gone four straight starts of five innings or less, but is 2-1 during that time frame. ... This will be his first start at Comerica Park in Detroit, and Grimm is 1-1 with a 9.39 ERA in two career starts versus the Tigers.
Fister (6-5, 4.07): The 6-foot-8 right-hander has been struggling lately. He gave up 12 earned runs in 12 innings in his past two starts and has dropped four of his past five decisions. ... The Rangers touched him up for five earned runs in 4⅔ innings in a May start in Arlington. … Fister now is 0-1 with three no-decisions in his past four starts. ... The Rangers need to be ready for inside pitches, as Fister already has drilled 13 batters this season.
Hitters: The Rangers have found some good success versus Fister. Adrian Beltre (.471, 8-for-17), David Murphy (.450, 9-for-20) and Nelson Cruz (.421, 8-for-19) all have hit him well. The Tigers haven’t seen Grimm nearly as much with Miguel Cabrera (3-for-5), Torii Hunter (2-for-3) and Jhonny Peralta (2-for-4) leading the charge against him.