Galarraga looks to get on track tonight. He’s lost his last four decisions (spanning 7 starts) and has a 5.31 ERA since June 29th. He’s also allowed at least one home run in six of those seven starts.
Garcia pitched well two starts ago against the Tigers, allowing only one run in 6 2/3. But he was hammered last time out by the Twins, giving up 8 hits and six runs in 2 and 1/3. On the year, he’s giving up more hits and walks than usual, and he’s getting less ground outs than his norm. Hitters are batting .292 off of him this season and he gives up almost a HR per start.
Despite his record (10-5), Garcia is very beatable. Tigers with a shot at taking a series on the road today. A road series win would be their first since May (2 game sweep in Oakland), and only 3rd of the year (@ KC opener).
A few tidbits from today’s game notes:
– Both Damon and Cabrera have three career HRs off of Garcia
– Raburn is hitting .364 over his last nine games
– Tigers lead the league with 31 OF assists…this is likely explained by the departure of Granderson, and then significant playing time for Raburn and Boesch in the OF
– Tigers are 11-8 on Sundays this year
Lets go boys.