Greinke will get one more chance to beat the Tigers this year when he and the Kansas City Royals open a three-game series at Comerica Park on Monday.
Greinke (9-12, 3.90 ERA) is 11-5 with a 2.62 ERA in his career against Detroit, his most wins and second-lowest ERA against any AL opponent. However, he doesn’t have a decision in two starts against the Tigers this season - both Kansas City (61-87) losses - and has posted a 3.65 ERA.
He gave up four runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 9-5, 11-inning home loss to Detroit on Sept. 3. It marked the most runs Greinke has given up against the Tigers in their last eight meetings.
The right-hander is looking for back-to-back victories after snapping a personal four-start winless streak against Oakland on Tuesday. Greinke gave up three runs in seven innings of an 11-3 win.
The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner is 6-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 11 career starts at Comerica Park. He’s pitched 12 scoreless innings in his last two outings there.
The Tigers (75-74) will look to cause more trouble for Greinke after sweeping a three-game set in Chicago over the weekend. They concluded the series with a 9-7 win in 11 innings Sunday - their 10th victory in 16 games overall - after Gerald Laird(notes) hit a tiebreaking single to help Detroit win despite blowing a four-run lead in the ninth.
“It was an all-around fun game to be a part of,” Laird said. “I’m just glad its over.”
He’s had recent success against the Royals, though, hitting .357 with 13 RBIs on the season. He is 7 for 25 with no extra-base hits lifetime off Greinke.
Kansas City avoided being swept by Cleveland over the weekend, winning 6-4 Sunday. Luke Hochevar(notes) picked up his first win since May 26 and Yuniesky Betancourt(notes) stole home as part of a double steal during a four-run second inning.
Detroit will hand the ball to Rick Porcello(notes) (9-11, 5.10), who has won his last four starts while posting a 2.48 ERA and lasting at least seven innings each time. The right-hander gave up three runs and four hits in eight innings of a 6-3 win over the White Sox on Thursday.
Porcello’s winning streak began against the Royals on Aug. 24, when he allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings of a 9-1 victory. He is 3-1 with a 4.03 ERA in six career starts against them.
The Royals and Tigers have split six meetings in Detroit this season. The Tigers took two of three Aug. 23-25 while outscoring the Royals 24-8.