(try to stay relaxed like Battlestar is here)
The boys of summer kick off a three game set at Fenway vs. Jon Lester and the Red Sox.
Jon Lester is good at pitching. He had a perfect game blown up in the 6th inning during his last outing, where an error and HR ended up leading to 4 ER over 7.2 IPs. Of his 20 starts this year, he’s allowed 1 run or less in 9 of them, and 10 of his last 12 starts have been of the quality variety.
Galarraga toes the slab for your Tigers. His road efforts have not done much to compensate for the team’s road problems in general, as he is 1-2 with a 7.78 ERA away from Comerica. On the bright side, Galarraga is good enough to throw a complete game, and he’s never faced the Red Sox. We’ve seen him range from brilliant to average, but on a good night, we all know he can beat anyone.
There may be some fresh faces in the Tigers lineup tonight. Jeff Frazier was called up from Triple-A. He hasn’t had much mention around here, but he was leading the International League in doubles, total bases and XBH, and second in HRs. I’m also expecting Peralta to be in the lineup today, batting 6th since that is where he batted in Cle, who was happy to see him go. Actually, I’d love to see him 5th to give the pitchers a different look when they IBB Cabrera, but who knows with Ol’ Smokey. I am anxious to see this lineup and will post it ASAP if someone doesn’t beat me to it.
A few questionable moves in the AL Central today, as Edwin Jackson was dealt to the White Sox today (I guess they still see his 2009 numbers, and not his 2010 5.16 NL ERA) and Minnesota added Matt Capps for Wilson Ramos. From what little I saw of him, I’m happy to see Ramos dealt out of the division. Unfortunately, the only rumor involving the Tigers concerns Mike Lowell. (Are the Yankees really gonna get Berkman?)
The guys at BP argue that CWS may be using Jackson as a piece for Adam Dunn, so stay tuned. (Link – subscription required.)