Tigers looks to get to .500 today with Brad Penny on the mound versus AJ Burnett. I believe that Penny is going to be a critical factor in the Tigers’ hopes to compete this year, so I’m really looking forward to this game. Penny had a decent spring with a 1.34 WHIP in 25 1/3 innings, striking out 15 and walking only 8. Penny gets a lot of ground balls, holding a 1.35 career GB/FO ratio.
AJ Burnett’s 2010 was…not good. An article in today’s New York Post said it best: “After a strong start in 2010, nearly everything about Burnett’s season looked awful. He finished the year with a 10-15 record, a 5.26 ERA, 16 wild pitches, 19 hit batsmen, one lost fight with a clubhouse door, one mysterious black eye and just one postseason start after manager Joe Girardi deemed him untrustworthy.” The article goes on to mention that Burnett’s 2010 was one of the worst statistically in Yankee’s history.
On the other hand, this is a guy with a career ERA just under 4, a 1.32 WHIP, and a 8.22 K/9 ratio over 12 seasons. That’s pretty salty. The boys will definitely have their work cut out for them today.
Boesch will be in left field instead of Raburn, batting sixth, and Avila and Inge will flip flop in the 8 and 9 spots in the lineup.
Check out this article that Joe Posnanski wrote on SI.com covering the 32 best players in baseball. JV and Miggy made the list.