Detroit Tigers vs. Milwaukee Brewers: What time, TV channel is series opener on tonight?

Detroit Tigers (31-31) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (36-26)

When: 6:40 p.m. Friday.

Where: Comerica Park in Detroit.

TV: Bally Sports Detroit. (Have Xfinity but still looking for a way to watch BSD? Here are some other options.)

Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1). (Tigers radio affiliates).

Probable pitchers: Tigers RHP Reese Olson (1-6, 2.48 ERA) vs. Brewers TBD.

Weather: High 60s and cloudy.

Box score

Tigers lineup: TBA.

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Reese Olson looks on while pitching in the first inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park in Detroit on Saturday, May 25, 2024.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Reese Olson looks on while pitching in the first inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park in Detroit on Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Game notes: Second-year righty Reese Olson is coming off his worst start of the season, in which he allowed five runs in 5⅓ innings against the Red Sox in Boston on June 1. Before that, however, he’d given up one or fewer runs in six straight starts. The first five of those games resulted in Tigers losses, somehow, as Olson went winless deep into May. He finally picked up his first win of 2024 on May 25 while scattering three hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays.

So what has been the problem? Run support. No pitcher in baseball has gotten less help from his teammates than Olson — the Tigers are averaging just 1.3 runs per 27 outs while Olson is on the mound, 0.3 runs worse than the woeful Marlins are averaging for right-hander Trevor Rogers. (For comparison’s sake, Tarik Skubal gets 6.1 runs per 27 outs, eighth-most in baseball, and Cleveland’s Logan Allen is No. 1 at 9.0 runs.)

It’s a shame, too, as Olson’s stellar 2024 is putting him in rare company. Just two Tigers since World War II have struck out more batters over their first 32 appearances than Olson has: Michael Fulmer, with 167, and Tarik Skubal, with 171. Olson has 155 strikeouts (in 165 1/3 innings); that puts him ahead of some notable names who went on to do great things, such as Mark Fidrych (100 strikeouts in his first 32 appearances), Justin Verlander (131) and Denny McLain (136).

Likewise, just five Tigers starters have posted a better ERA over their first 32 appearances: Les Cain (3.36), Frank Lary (3.29), Fulmer (3.00), Dave Rozema (2.91) and Fidrych (2.29). Olson is at 3.43, ahead of Verlander (3.83), McLain (4.17) and Skubal (4.35).

Olson will face a tough test in Milwaukee slugger Christian Yelich, who appears in vintage form at age 32. After posting a 1.046 OPS in his first two seasons as a Brewer (2018-19), Yelich appeared washed-up, as he mustered just a .768 OPS over the next four seasons combined. (And yes, that .768 mark is still higher than all but three Tigers this season — Kerry Carpenter at .914, Riley Greene at .796 and Matt Vierling at .792.) But in 2024, Yelich has been scorching the ball, with a 53.4% hard-hit rate that’s in MLB’s 95th percentile en route to a .904 OPS in 155 plate appearances.

After tonight’s series opener, the Tigers wrap up their Lake Michigan interleague series with a pair of day games, with Casey Mize taking the mound Saturday and Skubal on the rubber Sunday. The Tigers then have Monday off before welcoming Washington to Comerica Park on Tuesday night.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers game score vs. Milwaukee Brewers: Time, TV channel