Game 20: Blue Jays at Tigers
PREGAME Armando Galarraga takes on Shawn Marcum as the Tigers look for their first matinee win of the season.
Marcum has been the Jays best pitcher this season with 20 K’s and only 5 walks in 20.2 innings.
Galarraga has been the Tigers best pitcher this season with 6 K’s and no walks in 6.2 innings.
Game Time 12:37
PREGAME I was listening to Danny Knobler on WDFN this afternoon and he was talking about how the highs and lows have become so much more pronounced because of the 0-7 start. It’s a pretty astute observation. The Tigers today salvaged a split of the series and a 3-3 road trip which is nothing to sneeze at. Yet the losses of the last two days were such a downer it hardly felt satisfying.
Still, going into the weekend I had said I’d be happy with a split so who am I to complain? The Tigers finally capitalized on walks and miscues to take an early lead which was more than enough for Armando Galarraga. He wasn’t quite as efficient as his 1st start. Only 54% of his pitches went for strikes and he walked 4. Still, he pitched out of his self inflicted jams so there was no damage.
Pudge Rodriguez led off the offensive attack from the 2-hole on a day when Jim Leyland challenged his big boys to step up. But he’s likely to be dropped in the order as the news on Placido Polanco’s back was encouraging and Polanco could return to the lineup tomorrow.