Well, you can’t win them all. You can, conceivably, win three of four.
The Tigers finish out their four-game series at Minnesota today, then head off to Chicago for three.
Rick Porcello looks to continue his string of solid starts: he has given up 3 runs in each of his last 3 starts. Porcello faces Francisco Liriano, who has done even better of late. He has given up 2 total earned runs in his last 2 starts, including a 2-1 victory over Cleveland last out. On the other hand, in his last 5 tries against Detroit he is 0-4 with a 8.27 ERA.
Tiger starters are on a bit of a roll: over the last 12 games they have combined for a 2.96 ERA. You can never have too much starting pitching though, and with one week left before the trade deadline, the Tigers are rumored to be among the most likely to land the Dodgers’ Kuroda. Among other top contenders for Kuroda: Cleveland.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Wilson Betemit
So far, Betemit has hardly made anybody forget Inge. In fact, he has been quite Inge-like, with a .222 OBP and 5 strikeouts in 9 plate appearances since joining the team. Not to mention Friday’s 9th-inning clown event. Wil-Bet needs to pick it up.
Today’s Right-Field-Burn Lineup: