11-11, tied for 2nd with Chicago, 1 game behind Cleveland.
One of the things going right for the Tigers so far this season had been the starting pitching, which has kept the team in games even as it has been unable to produce runs.
Over the last 10 games, that has all changed, with the starters going 2-6 with a 6.65 ERA. Bad Max Scherzer was the latest victim, giving up 3 runs and a damaging 7 walks in fewer than 5 innings. In fact there was even some speculation a trip to Toledo could be in Scherzer’s future, but Leyland has apparently put the lid on that conversation.
Tonight Duane Below will get his first start of the season and try to get things back on track. Below has pitched 12 innings of relief so far this season, is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, and has yet to give up his first walk (0.58 WHIP), which could be a nice antidote to what we watched yesterday.
Meanwhile, sources say Delmon Young will be suspended by MLB, with an announcement coming as soon as tonight (duration unknown). Andy Dirks has played capably in Young’s place so far, although the unaccustomed display of fielding prowess in left field that has come as a result has shocked Leyland into moving him back to the DH spot.
In other news, former Tiger Brandon Inge will be making his debut as an athletic Athletic tonight. The Tigers will see him in Oakland May 10-13. Meanwhile the first-place Indians are unveiling the newest member of the tribe, Johnny Damon.
Tonight’s player of the Pre-game: Miguel Cabrera, who is 15-29 career against Royals starter Luke Hochevar
Today’s Best-Fielder-DHing Lineup: