True to form, the upstart Oakland A’s will send a pair of rookie starting pitchers to the mound in Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS in Detroit.
Oakland will counter Justin Verlander in Game 1 with righty Jarrod Parker. The 23-year-old Parker went 13-8 with a 3.47 ERA this season, but his home/road splits are promising for Detroit — Parker had a 2.61 ERA at home and a 4.54 mark away from Oakland. Of course, that would give Parker an edge in Game 5 in Oakland, should the series go that far.
Parker has not pitched at Comerica Park. He gave up two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work against Detroit in a loss in Oakland earlier this season.
Milone finished the regular season 13-10 with a 3.74 ERA in 31 starts. Like Parker, his numbers are far less intimidating away from home — a 2.74 ERA in Oakland vs. 4.83 on the road. Opponents also hit .316 against Milone during his road starts.
He does have a Comerica Park start under his belt — he had a no-decision in Detroit earlier this season, despite giving up nine hits and three runs over 4.2 innings.
Doug Fister will face off with Milone in Game 2.
The Tigers figure to adjust their lineups based on the starters. Down the stretch, Quintin Berry played against right-handers and batted second, while Avisail Garcia replaced Berry in the lineup (and Omar Infante slid up to the No. 2 hole) against lefties.