PREGAME: It’s Joe Saunders and Edwin Jackson today. The Tigers try for a sweep, which is always fun to write. A guaranteed .500 road trip is certainly acceptable, but a 4-2 mark would be immensely satisfying.
The Tigers have faced Saunders twice this year and have plated 9 runs in 11 innings. He’s making his first start since coming off the DL.
Jackson has faced the Angels twice this year. The Angels worked him over pretty good running his pitch count up to 104 in just 5 innings. In Detroit he pitched a complete game and struck out the side in the 9th.
POSTGAME: A loss is a lot easier to take after a couple of good wins. The Tigers just came up short in so many facets of the game today. Granderson came up just short of robbing a homer (I’m not dogging him for this, just saying it was close). Rallies came up just short. Gerald Laird’s throws on the numerous stolen base attempts just missed getting runners. And Edwin Jackson just missed the strike zone too often today. It happens.
- Jackson had 4 walks today and that is certainly a concern. It’s been a pattern in the 2nd half of the season and something that he has had to pitch around.
- The Angels stole 5 bases which is pretty much unheard of with Laird behind the dish
- Adam Everett last homered in the last road series the Tigers won. I don’t mean to imply anything by this expect to point out an interesting coincidence.
- Everett hitting in the 9th is a fairly curious move, but with the lefty starter Leyland had deployed all his right handed hitting weapons. Even with a platoon disadvantage an option like Guillen was probably safer bet.
- Too bad Inge moved out of the way of the ball that was about to hit him or the bases could have been loaded with 1 out for Everett.
- Ryan Perry turned in another impressive performance and showed no ill effects from his Sunday shellacking.