The Tigers look to lock-up a series victory tonight against the Mariners, as Phil Coke takes on Doug Fister.
The not-so-hard throwing Doug Fister takes the mound for the Ms tonight. Fister is in the majors because he throws a four seamer, a two seamer, a change, a curve and a slider. Though none of them are particularly effective, when he locates them well he can win a few ball games. His fastball tops out at 88-89, though that lack of speed certainly had the Tigers fooled for most of last night. He’s got a career WHIP of 1.29 (good), and a career K/9 of 4.99 (not good).
Coke was nothing short of phenomenal in his last start, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks and 0 ER over 7 IPs against the Athletics. Couple that with the last 4 2/3 innings of the KC game, and he’s thrown 11 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. The over/under is set at 15. Any takers? Coke dominates in April, posting a career 2.29 ERA for the month.
In roster news – VMart may be headed to the DL. Omir Santos was called up as an emergency back-up catcher, and they’ll have to send someone else down today before 1st pitch. My guess would have been Austin Jackson, but he’s listed in the starting lineup. I can’t see them sending down a reliever, so either VMart will be placed on the DL, or Don Kelly will have a lonely drive this evening.
Your incredibly suspect top of the order lineup (see if you can determine who I’m rooting for tonight):
1. AJax – CF
2. Rhymes – 2B
3. Don Kelly – RF
4. Cabrera – 1B
5. Boesch – DH
6. Raburn – LF
7. Peralta – SS
8. Big Bad Al Avila – C
9. Inge – 3B