It’s Cy vs Cy today at Comerica Park, as two leading Cy Young contenders face off.
Jered Weaver is 14-4 with a 1.79 ERA, and has actually been improving–over his last 12 starts he is 8-0 with a 1.28 ERA. Justin Verlander (14-5, 2.35) has had to work for his last couple victories, throwing over 120 pitches in back-to-back games. He has lost 2 in a row against the Angels and is only 3-4, 4.13 lifetime against them. Erick Aybar (.429) has had the most success against him.
As the trade deadline nears, the Tigers are rumored to be still pursuing bullpen help, this time Joel Peralta from the Rays. No word whether he would change his name to Jhoel if he came to Detroit.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Magglio Ordonez
Magglio was able to knock in a run against a tough Haren yesterday; now he gets a shot at Weaver.
Today’s Jered-Jolting Lineup: