That’s five series in a row now where the Tigers have lost the opening game, and unless they win today, that will be four out of five series losses. Not a good start to the 2nd half of the season.
JV looks to continue his dominance tonight. I’d post the numbers, but you’ve likely already seen them. In case you haven’t, 8 in a row would be big time.
He’ll be opposed by the formidable Dan Haren. Actually, formidable might be downplaying it. Haren is 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He was roughed up for 6 ER in 4+ against the Mets 3 starts ago, but 14 of his 17 starts have been quality, and he has 6 starts where he’s allowed 1 or less runs and pitched at least 7 innings. Now quality doesn’t necessarily get it done against JV, but we’ll need JV to really be JV tonight.
Kelly Gets the Nod at Third Tonight:
1. Jackson, CF
2. Boesch, LF
3. Ordonez, RF
4. Cabrera, 1B
5. Martinez, DH
6. Peralta, SS
7. Avila, C
8. Raburn, 2B
9. Kelly, 3B
In my mind, this is a really, really big game for the Tigers. A JV loss could turn a bad two week slide into an avalanche. So JV is my pick to click tonight. He’s gonna be filthy.