PREGAME: So, is this game going to be first team to 4 runs wins? The Cardinals have scored more than 3 runs only 4 times in their last 15 games. The Tigers have scored more than 3 runs only 4 times in their last 15 games, and are riding a streak of 5 straight games without topping that mark.
Further complicating things is the pitching match-up which features Justin Verlander and Adam Wainwright. Verlander has been outstanding of late and is coming off a complete game, 1 run effort.
Wainwright has been solid with 7.5 K/9 and 2.1 K/BB ratios. Lefties knock him around to the tune of an .822 OPS while righties struggle at a .602 clip.
Unfortunately the Tigers lineup only has 3 lefty hitters in it tonight (not that I’m stumping for Josh Anderson):
- Kelly, LF
- Polanco, 2B
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Granderson , CF
- Inge, 3B
- Laird, C
- Santiago, 2B
- Verlander, P
POSTGAME: That was just a pathetic display. Awful, and coming on the heels of the last 2 games, this is a very ugly 3 game stretch.
- Verlander couldn’t get the swings and misses on the fastball and didn’t have good control of the curve. And he got beat-up. He made a fielding error. He balked. He wasn’t good. But he’s been awesome of late so he gets a pass.
- Cabrera swung the bat well. A homer, a walk, and a sharp single is definitely a positive.
- The Tigers had awful at-bats with runners on. In the first Polanco struck out with a runner on third and nobody out. Then Ordonez couldn’t get it past the pitcher. Polanco also fouled out on the first pitch with runners on first and second later int he game. Curtis Granderson tried to pull an outside fastball on a 3-1 count. Too many bad at-bats.
- And the defense was poor also.