Last night’s trivia answer: Jack Morris, Dan Petry, and Walt Terrell. Wilcox had been relegated to a spot starter by 1985.
Tigers are 1-3 thus far to start this 6 game interleague road trip. During these four games, opposing pitchers are 2-7 with 5 RBI and 3 BB. That’s a .500 OBP, and as many RBI as any other spot in the lineup. Arguably, it only really mattered in Saturday’s loss, but watching the opposing pitcher drive in more runs than the whole team can’t be much of a boost in the dugout.
Max Scherzer looks to be the first ML pitcher to get to 10 wins tonight. He hit a rough patch in late May/early June, but he’s rebounded nicely allowing only 3 ER over his last 12 2/3 with a .95 WHIP.
Scherzer will be opposed by Chad Billingsley. Billingsley is hittable with a 1.52 WHIP on the year against a 4.65 ERA. Note his 2011 stats are significantly worse than his career stats (3.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP), and he had a 16 win season back in 2008. I get the feeling that he’s the kind of guy who could turn into Cy for a night against the boys.
My pick to click is Jackson, as he’s also on my Scoresheet roster.
No Peralta or Cabs (or Maggs) tonight.
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Don Kelly, 3B
3. Brennan Boesch, RF
4. Victor Martinez, 1B
5. Andy Dirks, LF
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Ryan Raburn, 2B
8. Ramon Santiago, SS
9. Max Scherzer, P