My first thought about this game is the same this year as it is every year, “it’s about time.” And the pitching match-up is certainly Opening Day worthy with Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander doing battle.
Greinke is pretty good at pitching, what with that well deserved Cy Young award and all occupying a space on his mantle. Greinke led the league in ERA (Verlander was 5th), he led the league in WHIP (Verlander was 5th), he was 2nd in strikeouts (Verlander was 1first), he was 5th in innings pitched (Verlander was first). These are some good pitchers.
Johnny Damon has a 353/389/588 career line against Greinke, but that’s only in 17 at-bats. Ordonez has a .314 OPS! Brandon Inge has fanned 12 times in 43 plate appearances, but he also has the only 2 homers against Greinke on the Tigers roster.
Billy Butler is the only Royal to have success against Verlander (423/444/769 in 27 PA’s) and he has 2 of the only 3 homers against Verlander on the current KC roster.
Your lineups are:
More to come, but for now…