Well, this series didn’t exactly start well last night, although it did have its interesting moments. Delmon Young swapped jerseys, and began his Tiger career with a HR off of his previous team (the last time someone did that was Dave Martinez in 2000. Aren’t we lucky there are people who look these kind of things up?). In related news, Lester Oliveros was already named as the player-to-be-named-later today. Hardly qualifies as later. The circumstances of Young’s team-switching were actually a bit humorous.
Jim Thome hit HR #599, then #600 off of Dan Schlereth, and got a nice ovation from the classy Comerica crowd. It figures he would reach the milestone against the Tigers. As Chris said, congratulations–now retire already.
And Raburn was…well Raburn. He hit a home run, but also made an error that led to 2 unearned runs, and had another clownish play where he ended up sitting on 2B instead of turning a DP.
At any rate, no use dwelling on that, it’s Verlander night. The Tiger rotation has again begun to devolve into Verlander and a bunch of Other Guys; despite his great season, the Tigers are only 11th in the AL in team ERA. In fact, I decided to take a look at how the Tigers compare to other teams with their 2nd best starter:
So after Verlander, the Tiger rotation starts off in the realm of Baltimore and Minnesota, and goes down from there (the Tigers can’t compete with the worst 4 and 5 guys though–there are a few truly awful ones out there).
Verlander draws Minnesota’s 2nd best starter Nick Blackburn (7-9, 4.36).
Player of the Pre-game: Justin Verlander
Watching last night’s infield play from the dugout, Verlander says, “Really?”
Tonight Raburn and Betemit are out, Santiago and Kelly in.
Today’s Boesch-is-Baeck Lineup: