Justin Verlander looks to become the first MLB 25-game winner since Bob Welch in 1990. Either that or he will just mess around, with the intention of giving future playoff opponents false hope that they can beat him.
Verlander will also look to finish off the pitching triple crown–he has a lock on the win title at 24, a lock on the strikeout title at 245, and only has Jered Weaver to worry about for the ERA title (Verlander is at 2.29, Weaver at 2.41).
Detroit is still tied with Texas for 2nd best AL record (and Detroit holds the tie-breaker).
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Ryan Raburn. Mr. September gets the start even with a RHP on the mound.
Today’s Righty-vs-Righty Lineup:
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Magglio Ordonez, RF
- Delmon Young, LF
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Alex Avila, C
- Jhonny Peralta, SS
- Ryan Raburn, 2B
- Don Kelly, 3B