So the Royals come into Comerica today with brooms in hand, as the Tigers try to get back that winning feeling. The Royals have actually already swept the series proper: today’s game is a makeup of an April rainout. Don’t you wish they’d played it then?
After today’s game the Tigers fly to Cleveland for a 3-game series. Brad Ausmus says “boy will our arms be tired!”
One guy who actually showed up for the Kansas City series is Julio Daniel Martinez, who has been banging it in the 5-spot. Here’s his cumulative line for the series:
11 AB 6 H 5 RBI .545 BA 1.564 OPS
With a lefty on the mound for KC, I don’t expect the JD Train to stop today.
There is talk, as StorminNorman posted, that Alex Avila has been tipping pitches, namely by smacking his glove once before a fastball, twice before a breaking ball. I’m going to go back and watch all the games and pitches to sees if that checks out (no, I’m not). In addition, Ray Fosse (A’s broadcaster and former catcher) says that Avila puts his right hand behind his back before a fastball, but not before a curve. Either way, we won’t get to look for that today, since Bryan “Don’t Get No Respect” Holaday gets a start.
Today’s Win One for the Quipper Lineup: