The Tigers packed up Wednesday with a to-go order of walk-off under their belts to travel to Oakland for a 4-game series with their good friends the Oakland Athletics. Good friends because the A’s are returning home from a road trip which saw them take consecutive series from the Twins and the White Sox.
The Tigers will go from facing the team with the best ERA in the league, to facing the team with the 2nd best (2.73), who recently held the Twins to 5 runs in 3 games. Add to that the A’s lack of offense and the Coliseum’s large dimensions, and this is likely to be a low-scoring series.
The first game features a left-coast lefty matchup of Phil Coke and Gio Gonzalez, who has only allowed 1 run in 13 innings so far this season, picking up where he left off last season (2nd half ERA of 2.59). His weakness is a relatively high number of walks, so if the Tiger hitters are patient they may be able to get into the bullpen early.
One of the nice things about Gio Gonzalez becoming so successful is that he is not on the White Sox. They had him, and traded him–twice.
- Player of the Pre-game: Ryan Raburn. Raburn vs Gio Gonzalez is a career 4 for 5 (.800) with a 2B and 2 HR.
If the Tigers win, Raburn will likely be involved. If not, the loss can probably be blamed on me for not following the short-but-sweet lucky game post format.
Today’s no-Rhymes-nor-reason lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Casper Wells RF
- Ryan Raburn LF
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Victor Martinez C
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Brennan Boesch DH
- Brandon Inge 3B
- Ramon Santiago 2B