The Tigers look to sweep their three-game series this afternoon in hot Kansas City (temperature 92 and climbing).
Mad Max Scherzer will man the broom against the Royals. He has been in good form lately, with a 2.14 ERA over his last 5 starts. Bruce Chen has a 7.48 ERA over his last 4 starts, but always seem to give Detroit trouble.
V-Mart will not be in the lineup: he suffered a knee sprain on an ill-advised attempt to score. Word to come on how serious it is. Victor says “I felt a sharp pain in my knee, on the way up (to the clubhouse), I felt the pain go away. I just iced it, and we’ll see how it feels. Everything looks pretty good so we’ll see how it looks (Sunday).”
The lack of Martinez for any length of time would cause serious problems for the Tigers, so let’s hope it isn’t bad.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Gene Lamont
Today Gene sleeps standing up and nobody gets hurt.
Today’s Sweepy Lineup: