Sunday, April 06, 2008

Night time the right time?

The Tigers are 0-5 and clearly don't like playing day games. Tonight on ESPN they will take the field for the first time under the lights, so let's hope the result is a win.

Not much to say about the Detroiters at this point. They've scored first in 3 of 5, but have gotten only 1 quality start and the bullpen has allowed 5 of 10 inherited runners to score. They've only out-hit their foe once, which was yesterday, thanks in good part to Dontrelle Willis giving up 7 walks rather than hits.

The Tigers have a 4.79 ERA, which is among the worst in the AL, ahead of only the Yankees and White Sox (not that Detroit has taken advantage). Chicago leads the AL in OBP (.360) and HR (9) while the Tigers' .312 OBP is better than 5 teams in the AL.

Brandon Inge, who drove in all 3 runs yesterday, and Clete Thomas remain the few offensive bright spots.

Expectation wise, I'd say the Tigers are -4. Tonight, against Mark Buehrle, I'd say the Tigers have a minimal advantage with Justin Verlander. Buehrle struggled in his first start, but is 12-8 lifetime against Detroit.

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