The Tigers return home from a rather memorable road trip on the heels of a rather forgettable loss to the Twins. I found this in an MLB.com story today:
“Despite the loss, the Tigers still finished 5-2 on the trip. Over seven games, the Tigers’ pitching staff posted a 3.16 ERA, while the starters went 5-1 with a 3.37 ERA. Entering Sunday’s game, the Tigers had a 1.84 ERA through the first six games of the trip, including the starters with a 2.15 ERA.”
The Royals come to town for 4, and open up a Tigers homestand in the middle of a 19 game AL Central only stretch. The White Sox will round out the homestand this weekend.
Hochevar has been pretty good as of late, posting 4 QS in his last 6 outings. This is his 4th start against the Tigers this season. He’s 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA, including 6 earned in 3 1/2 in early July in Detroit. Cabby is a lifetime .480 hitter off of Hochevar with 2 bombs, I’m looking for him to get to 5 today.
Max Scherzer toes the slab in an effort to get his ERA below 4.20 for the first time since May. Scherzer has had two streaks of 5 QS this season, let’s get one started tonight to carry us through September.
A few notes:
– Jacob Turner is going to get a “spot” start on Thursday so that JV can get an extra day of rest. I’m guessing that this is an audition for the “5th spot”.
– Did you know that a recent SI poll of ML players ranked Leyland as the 3rd skipper on the list of managers that they would like to play for?
– Guillen will start a rehab stint in Toledo tonight. Not sure if this is a good thing.
– Raburn and Boesch are still day to day with sore fingers. Boesch needs to get healthy soon before JL gets any ideas.
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ramon Santiago, 2B
3. Delmon Young, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Wilson Betemit, 3B
9. Don Kelly, RF