Detroit Tigers, 21-24, 5 games behind Cleveland.
[Update: start of the game is delayed by rain. Tentative time for first pitch is 2:30 EST.]
Runs! And lots of them. Alex Avila said after the game: “We have the type of offense that can make up for mistakes.” Um, let’s not get carried away here.
It still remains to be seen if the Tigers can extend a winning streak beyond one game.
Trying to make that happen is Mysterious Max Scherzer, who is himself trying to put together consecutive good outings, fresh off of a 15 strikeout gem. Trying to spoil the party for Detroit is a one-time nemesis, Carl Pavano. Pavano was 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA against the Tigers in 2009, but is 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA since then.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Quintin Berry. While he is no Austin Jackson, Berry has provided a spark at the top of the lineup, and can do that thing where he moves his legs really fast while getting from one place to the next.
Today’s Streaking Lineup: