A Once Notorious Tiger Killer meets Newer Tiger Killer.
Pavano’s dominance over the Tigers has taken a 180 since 2009. Since a 4-0, 1.69 ERA start covering 5 games in 2009 (still hurts), he’s 1-3 with a 7.12 ERA over his past 5 starts. Several Tigers (avg/ABs Cabrera – .310/29, Ordonez – .375/24, Betemit – .333/12, Peralta – .417/12, Avila – .300/10, Martinez – .444/9, Santiago – .444/9, Raburn – .333/6, Young – .600/5, Kelly – .750/4) are ready to pounce on Pavano.
Despite his winning record, Penny has been pretty bad this year posting a 1.49 WHIP and 4.99 ERA. But has been above average at home, posting a 3.98 ERA in 81 1/3 at CoPa. He also has reverse BAA splits, as lefties are only batting .250 against him this year, while righties are batting .339. This bodes well against the lefty heavy Twins lineup which includes Thome tonight.
- Al Al had a CAT scan today. If all went well, he could be ready to pitch this weekend.
- Chance Ruffin is on his way to Seattle as the PTBNL in the Pauley/Fister deal.
- Phil Coke has allowed 0 runs and only 3 hits over his last 5 2/3.
- Cabrera is batting .414 with 8 RBIs over the last two weeks.
Today’s player of the game – Bad Brad Penny gets on a roll heading into the stretch run.
Today’s Leyland has been reading Vince in MN’s platoon suggestion Lineup is:
1. Andy Dirks, CF
2. Brennan Boesch, RF
3. Delmon Young, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Don Kelly, 3B
9. Ramon Santiago, 2B