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.
Tigers at Twins
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*
Tigers at White Sox
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*
Tigers at Royals
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.
Postgame – Tigers 10, Twins 6
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.
- Rajai Davis. Davis had his 3rd consecutive multi-hit game. He hits at the top of the lineup, he hits at the bottom of the lineup, he hits for what is now a .354 average.
- Nick Castellanos. He continues to show power; his shot in the 2nd set the tone for the game.
- Rick Porcello. Another solid start against, a hot Twins lineup.
- Rick Porcello. Kid Rick seems to run out of gas about the 6th inning every game. Even with a very good 5 innings, that leaves a whole lot of bullpen time.
- Dave Clark. Maybe Gene Lamont called that one from the bench. It sure did conjure up visions of Lamont and Tom Brookens when Clark sent slowster Alex Avila home from 1st on Romine’s double. There is an old rule of thumb about never making the first out of the inning at home. I generally like the aggressiveness on the bases of this year’s Tigers, but I think this was the wrong person and wrong situation for it.