Detroit Tigers, 52-45, 1st place, tied.
For whatever reason, the Tigers have just matched up badly with Cleveland so far this season, especially against Ubaldo Jimenez (2-0, 2.84 vs Detroit), who is beginning to look like this season’s Carl Pavano. They didn’t seem to be overly-aggressive (Jimenez and the strike zone are not best friends), they got plenty of base runners, but, other than Cabrera’s 2-run shot (could he be hitting any better right now?) just couldn’t put anything together.
Perhaps they will fare better tonight against Dearborn native Derek Lowe. Lowe got bombed by the Orioles last out, giving up 9 runs in only 3 innings. On the other hand, Lowe has been tough on the two Tigers he has significant appearances against: Cabrera is a mere .192 in 28 PA, Fielder .240 in 30 PAs, without a single extra base hit. Perhaps the big hits will come from the 2nd half of the order (Young, 4-for-8, Peralta 3-for-6, Boesch 2-for-3).
The Tigers look for another strong performance from Max “Too Many Strikeouts” Scherzer. Scherzer was brilliant last out against the Angels (1 run, 9 Ks), but doesn’t have the best history against Cleveland, especially at Progressive (0-3, 7.48). Guy to look out for: Shin-Soo Choo, who has scorched Scherzer (10-for-17, 1.608 OPS).
Stat of the Day: Fister’s error last night was the 14th by Tiger pitchers, which leads the major leagues. (Cleveland pitchers have only 3).
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Brennan Boesch. Just a hunch.
Today’s Let’s-Try-This-Again Lineup: