It’s the first interleague game of the season for the Tigers. Normally this is where I make a sarcastic comment about the majesty of the double-switch. I’ll refrain though because I think it is cool that the Tigers are playing the Dodgers in LA.
The last time the Tigers went out there Ugueth Urbina got in a fight on the plane and was promptly traded. And then there was the time that Jason Johnson hit a homer and rounded the bases at a glacial pace. And Tony Giarratano hit his only home run. I have no idea why I remembered those things off the top of my head.
Tonight though will feature Dontrelle Willis and Chad Billingsley. Willis was pretty awful his last time out and it was attributed to rust. The rust should be sufficiently removed at this point so there are no excuses for bouts of wildness.
Billingsley’s numbers are impressive with nearly a strike out per inning and only 3 homers in 44.2 innings. The OPS splits for lefties versus righties are dramatic at 943 versus 618. Too bad Johnny Damon can’t play second base.