Detroit Tigers, 19-21, 4 games behind Cleveland, and tied with Pittsburgh.
So much for the theory that the Verlander performance would provide a big spark: the Pittsburgh McCutcheons evened the series with a 4-3 win, and added insult to injury by taunting them with Jason “Gas Can” Grilli. It was all too much for Grilli, who is now listed as Day-to-Day on the Pittsburgh injury report.
Sparky Anderson once said, “You can’t tell anything about a baseball team until 40 games have been played.” Well, the Tigers now have 40 under their belt. What do you think?
This afternoon the Tigers look to take the series behind the arm of the enigmatic Max Scherzer. The Pirates counter with right-hander Kevin Correia, who last won on April 15th.
After today’s game the Tigers get a long day off, then hop on the bus for Cleveland for a key 3-game series against the division leaders.
Random stat of the day: Baltimore leads the AL with 27 wins, and also leads the AL in GIDP with 46. 2nd most GIDP belongs to the worst team in the league, Minnesota, at 44. Detroit is 3rd with 39. Make of that what you will.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Brennan Boesch. Delmon Young had another good game yesterday. We finally have something going from the 5-hitter. Now if we could only get something from the 6th spot. Boesch has quietly been heating up, and is in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak. Leyland bumps the struggling Avila down the lineup and moves Boesch up to 6th.
Tonight’s Return of Raburn Lineup: