The Tigers welcome the resurgent Mets into CoPa today for the first time since the Mets took 2 of 3 at Citi Field last year. After a horrendous 5-13 start, the Mets have been playing pretty well, and may even be buyers at the trade deadline instead of dangling Reyes and Carlos Beltran over drooling front runners.
Journeyman R.A. Dickey throws for the Mets, his 3rd team in 4 years. Dickey was phenomenal in his second year with Mets last year, posting a 2.84 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 175 innings. He’s returned to closer to his career numbers this year, with a 3.76 ERA (remember, it’s the NL), and a 1.32 WHIP. He’s striking out 6.1/9 this year, his best since his first full season with the Rangers in 2003.
Porcello looks to get the Tigers to a season high 8 games over .500 tonight. Porcello has been drilled his last two outings, and is looking to return to his late April and May form which saw him go 6-1 over a 9 game stretch. Let’s hope the heat is not starting to affect his sinker. Game time temperature is expected to be 75.
Now for today’s obligatory Ryan Raburn talk… Joe Posnanski wrote up a piece yesterday on how boring Adam Dunn is to watch, and spent a little time on Dunn’s record setting strike-out rate. Currently, Dunn is striking out in 36.6% of his PAs (it’s gone up since Posnanski did his research) which would be the worst such rate in baseball history. As many swing and misses Raburn and Jackson have put us through, their rates are 27.25% and 32.9%, respectively. So it could be worse. That said, though I couldn’t find anywhere which lists K/PAs, Jackson and Raburn seem to be comfortably in the top 5.
A few other notes of interest:
– Tigers are 2nd in the AL in BA with a .266 mark
– Tigers starters named Brad, Phil, Max and Rick do not have a win since June 7th. Tigers are 7-9 in games when JV doesn’t pitch over that stretch.
Your Ra-Barely Made It Lineup:
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Brennan Boesch, LF
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Brandon Inge, 3B
9. Ryan Raburn, 2B