Today the Tigers look to continue unbeaten at home, as Phil Coke gets his 1st start of the season (and only 2nd of his career) against Bruce Chen and the Royals. Whether or not Coke adjusts to the starting role will likely have a big effect on how this season plays out, and whether or not any of the young prospects get called up during the season.
Bruce Chen has a mixed history against the Tigers. Last season he was 2-1 with a 6.30 ERA (with 12 walks in 20 innings). Luckily Miguel Cabrera is fine after his run-in yesterday with the tarp: in 14 career ABs vs Chen he is hitting .571 with 3 HRs. Chen will find some relief further down in the order–Inge has 1 hit in 21 career ABs vs Chen.
Expect the Tigers to take a patient approach at the plate with Chen. In fact, the Tigers have been uncharacteristically patient this season as a whole, and surprisingly lead the league in Pitches per Plate Appearance with 4.13 led by Wee Willie Rhymes (4.69).
Today marks the first appearance of The Ghost in the starting lineup: