Detroit Tigers, 19-12, 1st Place (1.5 ahead of KC).
This afterevening the Tigers make up their rained out game from Tuesday, as they play the plasticine game in the two-game season series against the Washington Nationals.
I predict that the Nationals will strike early, and score maybe three runs in the first. The play here I think is long, drawn out at bats and long breaks in-between pitches, and hope the rain hits before the 5th inning.
The Tigers only win 34% of their rain-delayed and rain-makeup games, so the odds are stacked against them. (OK, I made that up. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true. I haven’t figured out a way to look it up).
Many have touted this series as a World Series preview. I hope not; I’ve already seen that one, it’s called last year’s World Series.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Doug Fister. With the Tiger bats in slumber mode, Fister has a small margin of error. Perhaps he can even help with the bat. And if he is going to continue with his strange HBP proclivity, he might as well use one against Denard Span.
Today’s Makeup Game Lineup: