The Tigers stroll into LA on the tail of another JV masterpiece. The last time the Tigers had multiple 9 game winners this early in the season was 1985, when they had 3. Can you name them?
For the Tigers, tonight’s game is all about Brad’s balls. How many, to be exact. Did you know that when he gives up more than 2 walks he’s 0-3 with a 9.73 ERA? On the flip side, when he allows 2 or fewer BBs he’s 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA.
Penny will be opposed by Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is a mid-90’s lefty who relies heavily on his fastball with a good slider out pitch. On the year he’s 6-3 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He strikes out a ridiculous 9.67/9 (contrast that against JVs 8.20/9) against less than 3 walks per 9. He had his two worst outings of the season on June 4th and June 9th, but then righted the ship with a 7 inning, 4 hit, 1 ER performance last time out.
A few notes:
– JV was named co-player of the week in the AL (second time he’s shared the award this season) alongside James Shields.
– Inge is hitting .176 through four games at Toledo.
– Clayton Kershaw has 9 hits and is second in the majors among all pitchers with a .290 BA.
– The Tigers are batting .312 with 95 runs scored, 31 doubles and 20 home runs in 18 games during June.
Today’s pre-game player of the game is Ryan Raburn. For no reason other than he’s on my Scoresheet team.
Your Maggs is Due Lineup:
1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Casper Wells, LF
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, C
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Ryan Raburn, 2B
8. Danny Worth, 3B
9. Brad Penny, P