Happy Memorial Day everyone! Summer is here, and no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with some Tiger baseball. And Twins.
Spring ended on a pretty nice note, as Justin Verlander was back to his dominant self and shut down the Red Sox machine 3-0, the AL-leading 8th Tiger shutout of the season. Verlander was pulled with 2-out in the 8th, because he was at 135 pitches and seemed to lose the strike zone, but it should be noted that his 135th pitch was 100 mph. 100.
With the streaky Tigers this season, a win has usually meant more are coming (as has a loss). Normally, the Twins have not exactly been the best team to start a win streak against, but this year is not a normal year for Minnesota. Their team batting average is a woeful .237, they have an AL-worst 3.43 runs per game (Detroit is at 4.23, league average is 4.26), their team ERA is a league-worst 4.77 (Detroit is 4.26, league average is 3.86). So, not surprisingly, they also have a league-worst record at 17-34.
In the brief 2-game series the teams already played the Tigers battered the Twins pitching for 19 runs in 2 games. But the Twins will start this series off with the one bright spot in their rotation, Nick Blackburn, who is 3-0, 1.72 for the month of May. The Tiger least likely to get to Blackburn might be Jhonny Peralta, who is 3 for 20 lifetime against him.
The Tigers offer the Twins a Penny for their thoughts, as Bad Brad Penny returns after his 3 shutout innings against Tampa Bay were disappeared by the rain.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: All U.S. Service members who have given their lives serving the country.
Today’s Memorial Day Lineup: