That, said Justin Verlander, was my good stuff.
Hard to argue with that; if possible he looked even better than he did when he threw his no-hitter against Toronto. Many were convinced by the 7th inning that another no-hitter was inevitable (I won’t name names), but, alas, it was not to be. Still a masterful performance, including fitting our old friend Grady Sizemore for the golden sombrero.
Oh, and now we’re really, really in first. Break out the Stroh’s!
Brad Penny will venture out to defend first place tonight. Penny was good enough his last start, giving up 3 runs in 7 innings, but unfortunately that night the Tigers couldn’t muster any offense against Cy Bedard. That may be less of a problem against Fausto Carmona, perhaps best known for playing a tune on Gary Sheffield’s head.
Carmona has dropped 5 consecutive starts, posting a 9.55 ERA over that span. His last start prompted Manager Manny Acta to declare Carmona was “divorced from the strike zone.” So the Tiger plan will be to be patient at the plate and build hitters’ counts, right? Right?
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Magglio Ordonez
He didn’t get a hit his first game back, but hit the ball hard twice–harder than he was hitting it before his Toledo stint. Let’s see how today looks.
Today’s Maggsnificent Lineup: