Tonight the Tigers begin a 10 day, 8 game road trip through the Central time zone contingent of the Central Division. Below are the dates, times (in EST) and projected starters for the series. We see Jose Quintana again (already?) but otherwise we don’t face a lefty in the series until we close out the trip with the surprising successful Jason Vargas (2-0, 1.54).
Because of the spacing of the off days, the Tigers will probably go through the road trip without a start by Drew “Back in the Bullpen” Smyly.
Friday Apr 25 8:10 Rick Porcello vs. Kevin Correia
Saturday Apr 26 2:10 Anibal Sanchez vs. Phil Hughes
Sunday Apr 27 2:10 Justin Verlander vs. Kyle Gibson
Monday Apr 28 *off day*
Tuesday Apr 29 8:10 Max Scherzer vs. Jose Quintana (L)
Wednesday Apr 30 2:10 Rick Porcello vs. Erik Johnson
Thursday Mar 1 *off day*
Friday Mar 2 8:10 Anibal Sanchez vs. Jeremy Guthrie
Saturday Mar 3 7:10 Justin Verlander vs. James Shields
Sunday Mar 4 2:10 Max Scherzer vs. Jason Vargas (L)
Friday’s game against Kansas City starts a string of 13 consecutive games with no time off.
The Twins have been a mild surprise so far this season: after beginning the season with preseason predictions of 100 losses and an 0-2 start, they have gone 11-8 including taking 2-of-3 from Tampa Bay in their previous series, the last two games of which saw them put up 15 runs on 24 hits.
In a season that has so far been full of games that could have gone either way, the Tigers came out on the winning end of a game that could have been a blowout and could have been blown. Detroit got to starter Kevin Correia early, starting the 2nd with a 2-base error, a Castellanos home run, and a single. When Romine doubled to deep center (Romine?) the 2nd had the loos of a classic big inning. But Avila was sent home from first, was thrown out (and injured) and the Twins got out of the inning only down 2-0.
No matter, the Tigers came back in the 3rd and put up a big inning in earnest going through the whole lineup and scoring 7 (Cabrera actually was responsible for all 3 outs in the inning). Then all that was left was a little nail-biting as five bullpen pitchers tried to finish up the job for the endurance-challenged Rick Porcello.