Read the post game wrap up: Guillen holds hammy, Tigers hold on
Tonight Detroit plays their last game in Anaheim this season. If they win it would bring the road trip to 3-4. If they lose it means they will have dropped 3 straight series. Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Tigers and Joe Saunders goes for the Angels.
Verlander is coming off his best start of the season, a season that has seemed to go pretty badly so far. But then you look at his total numbers: 8.8 K/9, 3 K/BB, .87 HR/9, 1.35 WHIP. The numbers aren’t great but they don’t beget an ERA approaching 7 either. The problem is that half of the runners (50.5%) who get on base end up scoring. As that rate works it’s way towards a more normal ~70% that ERA will drop.
Saunders has done a good job limiting base runners this year (17 hits and 4 BB’s in 19 innings) but he’s been taken deep 4 times and he’s only fanned 8. Tonight’s lineup has a cumulative 320/383/464 line in 108 plate appearances against Saunders.
That lineup is: