Do you ever feel like the Tigers are never going to lose again? Me neither.
The Tigers bring their 1 game win streak and 1-0 record with SS manning 2B to Comerica tonight to take on the resurgent Freddy Garcia.
Garcia is a wily 12 year vet who has a trio of 17+ win seasons on his resume (’99, ’01, ’06). Problem is that he also has spent significant time in the minors over the last three years rehabbing various injuries (including 3 starts for the Tigers in 2008), and was a non-roster invitee for the Yanks this spring. A combination of a tremendous showing in spring training plus a lack of depth for the Yankees leads us to today. Tonight will be Garcia’s 4th start of the season, with his first three going about as well as they could. To date he’s allowed only 4 ER in 18 IPs, and the first one came in a relief appearance on April 10th. He’s struck out 15 and posted a 1.17 WHIP during that time. I’d like to go ahead and jinx Garcia and point out that in his career he’s 18-7 against the Tigers, and 8-3 at Comerica.
Scherzer got a little roughed up last time out, largely due to 5 walks in 6 2/3. Though his 4-0 record is stellar, his peripherals are about average, with a 1.51 WHIP, 3.82 ERA and 4.3 BB/9. With the way the Yankees take pitches, control will be imperative tonight.
Note, Derek Jeter, who’s stolen more gold gloves than Rafael Palmeiro, only has 2 XBH this year. And Adam Dunn is still batting .153, though his .576 OPS dwarfs that of Maggs (.411). Still,
I expect him to be Maggs is batting 6th tonight in JLs new lineup.
Today’s player of the game – Miggy Cabrera. He’s going to get a big boost with SS and BB ahead of him, and VMart behind him. He’s also a career .400 hitter off of Garcia (8-20) with 3 jacks. I’m looking for a three run bomb from him today.
Tonight’s Why is our 2nd Best Hitter Batting 8th Oh Yeah That’s 2nd Cleanup Lineup:
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Scott Sizemore, 2B
3. Brennan Boesch, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Brandon Inge, 3B