The Tigers buzz in the media centers on Valverde. John Lowe over at the Freep wonders if Vaverde is out of sync with irregular work and Jason Beck weighs in on his blog (thanks Vince in MN for posting this morning). There are also trade rumors (more like wishful thinking) swirling around with at least a few Tiger mentions. Please post something if it breaks, I’ll do the same.
This afternoon’s game is the Fox National game, which usually means that the people who really want to see it get blacked out, but best I can tell, it’s showing in Detroit and in Dallas.
Matsuzaka goes for the Red Sox. He’s 7-3 on the season with a 4.09 ERA and a respectable 1.34 WHIP. He’s been pretty good as of late with three straight quality starts, but the key is to get to him early. He walks over 4.5 batters per 9 and gives up a lot of fly balls (31.3% GB rate), though his HR rate for the year is roughly half of his career rate. That said, I’m not sure when was the last time that he faced Jhonny Peralta.
Scherzer has been tremendous as of late, with a 2.48 ERA for the month and better than a strikeout per inning. Scherzer has a tendency to run up his pitch counts, though he has thrown into the 7th in 5 of his past 9 outings. He might want to be careful v. Big Papi, who is 2-2 with 2 Peralta’s in his career versus Scherzer.
We’ll get the lineup posted as soon as it is avail.